KASSAM LISTED AS COMMUNITY ASSET

Oxford United's Kassam Stadium has become the first to be listed as a “community asset”.

OxVox, the club's supporters' trust, submitted an application to Oxford City Council, which was approved, meaning the group must be notified is the ground is to be sold.

They will then have a six-month period to put together and submit their own bid for the stadium.

"This is a significant moment for the supporters of Oxford United," said OxVox chairman Mark Sennett.

“We're delighted with the council's decision. This means United supporters will now never wake up one morning to read in the paper that the stadium has been sold, with no recourse.

"The stadium is of huge local importance to the people of Oxfordshire and the club's role is a source of huge community benefit and pride.

"Because of this listing, supporters and the Oxfordshire community will be able to play more of a role in its destiny."

Manchester United and Liverpool fans have also applied to their local councils as they hope to protect Old Trafford and Anfield respectively, and a decision on those applications is expected in the coming weeks.

Posted on 14/05/2013