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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson opens Fleetwood Town's new training centre

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It could be a momentous week for Fleetwood Town - not only can they beat Fylde coast rivals Blackpool to virtually ensure League 1 survival they opened a fantastic new training complex the envy of many a bigger club.

The state of the art complex was officially opened by legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Thursday.

Ferguson cut the ribbon on the brand new Poolfoot Farm facility , which has cost the League One club £8million to build.

The training complex features 12 grass pitches, a gym, fitness studio, meeting rooms and a restaurant, which the club hope will inspire them onto even further success.

Equipped with large scissors, Ferguson opened the facility in front of the club's visitors for the occasion.

He was then given a tour around the training ground and shared a joke with boss Steven Pressley in the manager's office.

"One part I wish I'd done at United was that the gym is one floor up and you can see into the training ground," Ferguson said.

"Three years after we'd built Carrington I went over to Barcelona and realised we'd made a mistake. Our gym at Carrington is enclosed.

"Looking out at the training ground makes the players hungry to get out there. So when a player is coming back from injury he can see the pitches it's an incentive to get out there.

"So there are things I wish I'd thought about when Carrington was built that I see here."

When Ferguson was announced as the guest for the opening, chairman Andy Pilley, who has inspired the club's rise from North West Counties League to the professional game, revealed his delight.

"We are delighted Sir Alex will officially open Poolfoot Farm on April 20," he said.

"Not only is Sir Alex a legendary manager but someone whose track record in discovering, honing and developing young home-grown talent is second to none.

"That makes him the perfect choice to open our stunning new training complex where we hope over the next few years we can discover, nurture and develop the next generation of talented young footballers."

JB

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