SPRINGHEAD FOOTBALLER Matty Wolfenden shared in FC United’s special night of celebration as they marked the official opening of their new £6.5million Broadhurst Park ground in Moston with a visit of Portuguese giants Benfica who paraded their B team.
“It was right up there with my best moments in football,” explained the former Oldham Athletic striker whose 13 goals in the season just ended helped FC United win their fourth promotion in their ten years of existence.
Wolfenden also believes FC United, who are only two promotions away from the Football League, can kick on now they have their own home.
He said: “I have been at the club five-and-a-half years and we have played our home games at Bury, Stalybridge Celtic and Curzon Ashton.
“It is important for us to have our own ground and the future looks exciting with the challenge to get into the Football League.”
Wolfenden, who made 47 appearances for Latics scoring four goals, says he has no regrets about joining FC United, a fans owned club which has 4,217 members He has made over 200 appearance for the team, which is known as the Rebels, and scored 75 goals.
He said: “I have really enjoyed it, and there is no bigger non-league club. I am a member of the club as well as being a player. It is special for me and also all the other players to see what the club has achieved.
“It is great to play in front of the fans (they have had two attendances of over 3,000 for league matches in Evo Stik League, premier division in the season just ended) and when you go to places like Frickley it gives you a lift when we have so many fans travel to grounds like them.”
Wolfenden, who is also a teaching assistant at Radclyffe School, Oldham, added it was brilliant playing against Benfica B, the team which reached the final of the youth Champions League.
“It was tough as they have only just finished their season, but we have had one month off,” he continued.
Benfica won 1-0 through a late goal from Diogo Goncalves who clearly hadn’t read the script, though FC United gave a gutsy account of themselves.
The part timers were formed by Manchester United fans disillusioned with the Glazer family’s takeover at Old Trafford.
Incredibly fans have raised £2.8m towards the cost of the 5,000 capacity stadium.