Angry Arsenal fans have set up plans for a breakaway club and hope to compete in the non league pyramid from the 2020/21 season.
They hope to enter their new side, Dial Square FC, into the Combined Counties League and eventually plan to build a stadium in club’s original home of Woolwich.
Gunners supporters have lost their patience after holding many protests at the running of the club under the ownership of Stan Kroenke.
Now they hope to follow in the footsteps and success of AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester.
Arsenal fan Stuart Morgan, who is leading the initiative, told the Athletic: ““The club has lost its identity in so many different ways. This Arsenal team, the club, the set-up, the stadium, is nothing like it was in its heyday.
“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.
“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 and we can do it again.”
ABOUT THE NEW CLUB:
Dial Square references Arsenal’s original name when the club was founded by the Woolwich munitions workers in 1886. They will play in a burgundy shirt and white socks.
Dial Square have agreed to ground share with Abbey Rangers, who are based in Surrey but hope to move to the original home in Woolwich.
Fans gave their reaction after finding out that angry Arsenal fans have set up breakaway club and plan to compete in the non league pyramid…
Are they taking AFTV with them?
If so I’ll donate today ?
— Sid (@sf_bac1862) January 24, 2020
What age are these disillusioned fans 110?
— Ricky Hull (@rickyhull27) January 24, 2020
Is it April 1st already? Can't help feeling this is a wind-up. That being said, maybe they should think of a catchier name…
— Sorren Mills (@Sorren) January 24, 2020
The club was formed in woolwich it’s just fact it’s not even a debate.
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) January 24, 2020
Yes it is, it's noticeable that he mentions AFC Wimbledon and FCUM but doesn't say if the new team will be fan owned – a pretty huge thing to leave out as fan ownership is the entire ethos of those clubs.
This coupled to his links to Tamplin era Billericay is a big red flag
— Richard Harrison (@harris1886) January 24, 2020
100%. I'm the 4th generation of Arsenal fan in my family and my little lass will hopefully be the 5th, but I support @ChipTownFC and go along to games when I can. If you're sick of the Prem for whatever reason, there's no need to reinvent grassroots football.
— Liam Stokes (@LNJStokes) January 24, 2020
I’m sure disaffected West Ham fans will be considering doing something similar. Dial Square v Thames Ironworks one day? ?
— Ray Armfield (@KentWomble) January 24, 2020
Where do I invest??
— Laarsen ? (@_laarsen) January 24, 2020
They might get promoted from that league but once they meet the big fish of the Xtermin8 Rat Poison Football League Division One North they'll hit the buffers.
— Streatham Rovers Football Club (@StreathamRovers) January 24, 2020
Idiots need to get some perspective
— Kane (@KPB264) January 24, 2020
— matt (@HaleEndYaya) January 24, 2020
I'm a Woolwich born Arsenal supporter, this sounds amazing if could actually happen #DialSquareReborn
— Arron (@HisGraceArron) January 24, 2020