Shropshire

Ludlow stadium to 'host a wider range of sports' after takeover

A businessman who has taken over a stadium in a Shropshire town has promised to increase the range of sports and other events staged there.

Ludlow football stadium was opened ten years ago by Sir Bobby Charlton, and funded by an £880,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

But Ludlow Town football club went into receivership in 2012.

Matt Davies, who would not disclose how much he paid to take over the stadium, said he "likes a challenge".

"I don't fail in anything I do, and with good people around you and determined people it will definitely succeed," he added.

Mr Davies, who runs a security company, said the stadium was being given "a huge facelift" including a new car park and refurbished changing rooms.

He plans to stage events ranging from strongman competitions to boxing.

A new football club, AFC Ludlow, was formed after the old club went into receivership. They continued to lease the stadium.

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