The Cliff (training ground)

The Cliff (Training Ground)

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The Cliff (training ground)

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The Cliff is a sports ground in Broughton, Salford on the banks of the River Irwell, that was used as rugby league club Broughton Rangers' home ground until 1933. It was purchased by association football club Manchester United F.C. for use as their training ground. It continued to be used by United until 1999, when it was replaced by the Trafford Training Centre in Carrington, Greater Manchester. However, it continues to host some Manchester United academy matches, and it is sometimes used by the Salford City Reds rugby league side as a training venue.

Rugby league

The Cliff, located on Lower Broughton Road in Broughton, Salford, started out as a cricket and tennis ground. The now-defunct Broughton Rangers rugby league club moved to the Cliff in 1913 and continued to play there until 1933 when the team moved to Belle Vue Stadium, in the Gorton area of Manchester.

Association football

In May 1938, the site was earmarked by Manchester United F.C. chairman James W. Gibson as a potential site for practice matches and as a regular venue for the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC) A team's matches. By the end of June 1938, a tenancy had been agreed. Manchester United purchased the ground in 1951. Until the late 1950s, Manchester United's first team trained on the pitch at their Old Trafford stadium, but the club's management had decided that using the Cliff training ground was necessary to avoid doing needless damage to...
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