0 Football club saved from extinction after fans pitch in to save its turf from being sold off

The farmer who had leased the land to the club for years was retiring and the farm was on the market.

Machno UnitedFacing imminent closure, as there were no other suitable fields to play on, the club set out to try and raise enough funds to purchase the piece of land.

Luckily the farmer offered the club the chance to buy the field and agreed to sell it at a reduced rate at £32,000 for the five-acre site.

The club managed to raise £10,000 themselves and with the help of Conwy's Rural Development Plan as well as Sport Wales and a generous donation from a local charitable trust, who wished to remain anonymous, they purchased the field.

Jon Seymour, chairman of Machno United FC said "Machno United is a huge part of the community and heritage of the village. "We want to make our village a thriving community and give the kids here just as much as any other child in the UK. "As well as the football field, we're exploring a number of other options for raising funds to develop the rest of the site for the community.

"We're hoping to include things the whole family can enjoy together like allotments, an apiary, an orchard and a wildflower meadow.

"Our kit is yellow and black so it would only be apt if we could make Machno honey from our own bees!"

Over the years the club has suffered some terrible tragedies. In 1945, Penmachno FC had suffered so greatly from the lack of men returning home from World War Two. But May 27 2009, marked the blackest day in Machno history, as the club lost a hugely influential part of their squad.

Lance Corporal Robert Martin Richards (or also known as Rambo by his team mates) lost his life whilst he was serving as Second-in-Command of a Viking All-Terrain Vehicle when he was mortally wounded in a district in central Helmand, in Afghanistan.

Whilst being home on leave, Rambo's biggest love was Machno United Football Club, and he left the club £10,000 which has kept it going the last few years.

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