Barton Athletic Club faced the biggest challenge of its history when in 2004 the club was evicted from its home of 29 years, the Eccles Drill Hall. The building was to be demolished for residential development, leaving the club homeless.
A campaign to ‘Save Barton AC’ was quickly launched and met with an overwhelmingly positive response from all sections of the local community.
After hard work from many, the ‘Save Barton AC’ campaign, meant the club was found a new home by Salford Council in late 2004 at Dorning Street, Eccles. This temporary home gave the club members the opportunity to undertake their biggest challenge to date – to secure the land, funding and support to enable them to build a permanent, custom built gym within the community they had served for so long.
Thanks to the incredible efforts and support of many, many people, this dream was finally realised in 2016, when Barton AC opened their doors at their new home on Franklin Street, Eccles.
And so began the next chapter in the history of Barton AC.