The amalgamation vote has been overwhelmingly approved by both societies and we will return to Gigg Lane next season. You can view the results here.
It never seems like it at the time, but the more painful route is often the more valuable.
Over the last few months every idea and opportunity has been explored, all avenues walked down, all stones turned over. It’s led us back here, with no regrets and with no ifs or buts left to debate. We are left with the right decision as it was the only decision. The arguments are no longer exhausting, they are exhausted. Thank god for that.
Modern life constantly asks us to make choices. Between one thing or another, this idea or that. Sometimes the answer is both. We don’t need to choose one and abandon the other. This was one of those moments.
This vote preserves the old and the new, history, present and future, nothing and nobody is lost or left behind. It was never a choice between one thing or another.
Voting yes means voting for both. It means everything. It means all of us. It will take all of us to make the future work, so it was the only way to set us off on the right track.
A more direct route would have been easier but we would have learned less along the way. We now know more. We know how to play an active role in our football club. Our sense of agency has never been stronger. All this makes us better prepared. And the curving track still got us home.
Thank you to everyone who voted and thank you to all the people who kept us going during some difficult times. We look forward to seeing you all at Gigg Lane for the start of the new season.
From the Shakers Community Board