One of the nearest non-league semi-pro clubs to us is in Hyde. According to this news today Hyde United are to drop the United and play in blue, which will mean repainting their very red Ewen Fields ground. This is related to their new partnership with the world's richest club from down the road. Manchester City are to play their reserve games in Hyde, despite having a mini stadium at SportCity.
There's an update from Hyde chairman Steve Hartley here.
This club nearly died last season, their rescue was paid for a businessman involved in another club. David Conn, who writes for the Guardian (and Insider occasionally), has been known to comment on the savage juxtaposition of extreme wealth and poverty in football. "Ryan Giggs could solve the problems of Sunday football in Manchester with one visit to cash machine," he may have said once.
For that reason I applaud this.