Edinburgh City and Spartans confirm three-season groundshare

Edinburgh City will groundshare with capital rivals Spartans for the next three seasons, the League Two club have confirmed.

Edinburgh City will call Ainslie Park home for the next three seasons
Edinburgh City will call Ainslie Park home for the next three seasons

With Meadowbank Stadium due to be redeveloped this year, City’s inaugural season in SPFL League Two will be their last in the Commonwealth Stadium as it is today.

The club have been based in east Edinburgh since taking up tendency of Meadowbank in 1995 following Livingston’s move to Almondvale.

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Talks between City and the Lowland League outfit had been ongoing over the possibility of Gary Jardine’s team using Ainslie Park while work on Meadowbank is carried out. An agreement to make the four-mile switch to north Edinburgh has now been announced, subject to SPFL board and Scottish Lowland Football League approval.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we’ll be moving to what is a tremendous footballing facility at Ainslie Park whilst Meadowbank is being redeveloped,” said City chairman Jim Lumsden. “I’d like to thank Craig Graham and the rest of the board at Spartans for all of their help in putting this agreement together. Although both clubs have been close rivals on the park, we’ve always been good friends off it and I’m sure this agreement will benefit both clubs going forward.”