Arsenal Fans To Set Up New Club In Ninth Tier Of English Football
Arsenal are set to become the latest side to have a breakaway team as it's emerged a fan is attempting to start Dial Square FC.
The name comes from the first incarnation of the North London outfit back in 1886 when the club were originally named Dial Square.
According to The Athletic, an aim of the club is to try and escape from the trappings of modern football.
Fans are furious at the management of Arsenal in the last decade with a litany of changes, including moving to the Emirates Stadium and the departure of Arsene Wenger.
Owner Stuart Morgan has applied for membership into the Combined Counties Football League - English football's ninth-tier.
Morgan told The Athletic: "Our aim is to get to play league football at our own purpose-built stadium in Woolwich within 15-20 years. We want to be as close to the old arms factory as possible.
"This has been done before. We can do it again.
"We're aiming for at least three promotions within the first five to seven years.
"If enough people jump on board, and Arsenal fans are interested, it's very possible. I want to dedicate years and years of my life to this project. It means a lot to me."
Arsenal are currently 10th in the Premier League and have endured a turbulent season, which saw Unai Emery sacked and replaced with Mikel Arteta.
"It's so commercialised, I sit in club level. It's soulless, it's lifeless, it's not Arsenal Football Club.
"The reason I wanted to do this project is to go back to beginning, to try and get back to that original Arsenal."
The colours are based off Arsenal's original burgundy set that was most recently worn in the final Highbury season in 2005/2006.
It would be a long road to the top for the club but they wouldn't be the first set of supporters to split off from their original side.
Disgruntled #Arsenal fans have set up a new non-league club!:open_mouth:
Dial Square FC plan to enter the pyramid next season & hope to build a stadium near Arsenal's original home in Woolwich.
Taking inspiration from AFC Wimbledon & FC United the club aim to progress up the leagues. pic.twitter.com/y1WueiyxKD
- Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) January 24, 2020
The most infamous case involves AFC Wimbledon.
The League One side were formed in 2002 as a response to their original incarnation's move to Milton Keynes rose from the Combined Counties to the Football League with five promotions in eight years.
Elsewhere, Manchester United fans also set up their own club with FC United of Manchester.
The club were set up in 2005 in response to the Glazer takeover at Old Trafford which is still causing controversy.
FC United are fully fan owned and are currently in the Northern Premier League following relegation from the sixth-tier last season.
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