Residents and volunteers shared the hallowed territory of Gigg Lane with utility workers during an inaugural football game on Saturday.
Fishpool, Goshen, Redvales and Springs (FGRS) Community Center and East Bury Utilities faced off to compete for the East Bury Community Cup.
FGRS Community Hub was made up of community members and volunteers.
The civil service team was made up of employees from across the public sector, including the council, Six Town Housing, Greater Manchester Police and the Fire Department.
As well as bringing the community and public services together, the event was organized to break down barriers and raise funds for the FGRS Community Hub, a newly created voluntary group based in Gigg Lane.
In the short time since the group’s inception, the FGRS has organized events and implemented various projects, including a school uniform bank where families can access new and undamaged school uniforms. and a local coffee shop.
The group hopes to schedule cleanups and hold regular police meetings.
Before the game kicked off, there were information stands including Liv’s Trust, cheerleading workshops hosted by Bury Street Shakers and a penalty shootout with Bury FC Women.
Radcliffe’s Freak Dance performed during intervals throughout the match and both teams were led onto the pitch by Bury Mayor Shaheena Haroon, who represents Redvales Councilor Shaheena Haroon.
The match kicked off at 1:30pm and saw FGRS take the lead early on with a goal from Ionee Jamieson.
The utility team nearly equalized but Jess Hill made an audacious save to keep it out of the net.
But as the heat took its toll, the utilities team scored six goals in a row.
Wayne Thomas managed to pull one off for the FGRS, but the Utilities ran out of winners 6-2.
The cup was presented to the winners by Cllr Tamoor Tariq, who represents Redvales and is the deputy leader of the council.
After the game, he thanked everyone involved in organizing and participating in the event.
Cllr Tariq said: “It was great to see the community and public services come together in a unique way at a football game.
“This is the second event FGRS has organized and I’m sure there will be many more great events to come.”
FGRS President Gemma Goss also congratulated everyone who showed up and congratulated all the players.
She thanked Andy Goss and Colin Platt, Bury FC Women’s manager for his support in the role of community team manager and Jamie Walker, East Bury Hub manager for getting involved and bringing in a service team public.
Gemma and Jamie Walker East Bury Hub manager presented AFG Law with a trophy in appreciation for their sponsorship.
Daniel Bowerbank, Operations Manager at Gigg Lane, said: “It was great to see so many people attending the latest FGRS Superstars event.
“Since the FGRS Community Hub was founded at Gigg Lane they have held great events, this was the biggest, inviting the community into the stadium.
“The FGRS Hub assists the local community and is open to everyone.
“Days like Saturday generate much-needed revenue to ensure additional activities can take place in the city. We hope to make this event bigger and better every year.”
There are plans for a rematch to take place next year.