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The Football Association have given Radcliffe Borough the green light to rebrand as Radcliffe FC from the start of the 2018-19 EVO-STIK League season.

The club will be officially referred to as Radcliffe FC in all league and cup competitions after the request they made at the start of the current campaign to drop Borough was finally approved on Thursday before they hosted Hyde United in EVO-STIK League North.

Fans, players and officials at Stainton Park have already been informally referring to themselves as Radcliffe FC this season after chairman Paul Hilton launched an ongoing review to modernise every aspect of the club last summer.

The drive included unveiling a new crest to better reflect their proud history and place in their local community since governmental changes back in 1974 saw Radcliffe absorbed into the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.

Senior style: Boro's new badge

Senior style: Boro's new badge

According to a statement from club officials, although they will always be happy to be known as 'The Boro', the move rendered the Borough in their official title "outdated if not obsolete" as they rebrand to head into a 70th year during the second half of the 2018-19 campaign.

In use since last August, the new design of the club's badge incorporates a number of Radcliffe icons including the River Irwell which runs through the town and put Radcliffe on the map by powering mills like the Grade II listed Mount Sion Mill Water Wheel which is also featured.

Image courtesy of @radcliffeboro/Twitter

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Thursday's North Division action review Goole AFC were relegated from EVO-STIK League North on Thursday night, their slim hopes of staving off the drop disappearing with an unsatisfactory draw, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.
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