10:49AM, Tuesday 30 August 2016
Slough Town FC made a winning return to the town as The Rebels played their first game at Arbour Park in front of a sell-out crowd.
The 2-1 victory over Hayes & Yeading United marked the club’s first fixture in its hometown since it left in 2003 to ground-share in Windsor, before moving to Beaconsfield in 2007.
Slough Borough Council was officially handed the keys to the Arbour Park Community Sports Facility earlier this month after phase one of the £7.9million project was completed.
Work began in September last year to install a 500-seat stand and 3G pitch, meeting the Football Association’s criteria, and developers Morgan Sindall has said the ground can be expanded if Slough gain promotion through the leagues.
The site will also house a four-court sports hall for nearby St Joseph’s Catholic High School and a permanent home for Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy. A proposed second phase would include the installation of a conference room in the main stand.
Rebels fans were celebrating their side’s triumphant return, with #RebelsReturn trending on social media site Twitter.
As a former player and manager I'm so pleased I witnessed today. Club and supporters back where they belong in Slough.onwards! #RebelsReturn— Steve Bateman (@batesy220465) August 29, 2016