When the new season kicks off in October, football fans will have a new home away from home for the first time since 2007, and for the second time in just a few years.
The move is being spearheaded by the UK Football Association and the Premier League, the two biggest football leagues in the country.
The new home of the Sequent occupiers is in the form of a stadium in the heart of Glasgow, and the players and their families will be part of the grand reopening celebrations that kick off on Thursday morning.
The city of Glasgow is a world-class city, but it has also seen some tragic and unfortunate incidents in recent years.
Glasgow’s last Major League Soccer team, which played at the old Hampden Stadium in the 1960s, was destroyed by fire in 1992.
But Glasgow is no stranger to football, having hosted the FA Cup Final for the last four years, and last season saw the opening of a new stadium for the club.
“The Sequent occupation has had an enormous impact on the football community in Glasgow,” said the SNP’s Glasgow city director, Mike Weir.
What is Sequent? “
A stadium in Glasgow is going to provide a safe environment for the Sequents, as well as bringing together people who might not otherwise be able to come together on the same day.”
What is Sequent?
The Sequent occupy have a long history in Glasgow, having been part of Glasgow’s Black Country for centuries.
From the 1950s to the early 1970s, there were between 3,000 and 4,000 people living in Glasgow’s Scottish Borders, and in the late 1970s a new community of Black Countryers took over Hampden.
After a year in which the city’s Black population began to decline, in 1992 the Black population in Glasgow dropped below 1,000.
After years of campaigning by the Scottish Government and the SNP, the city council announced in 1997 that it was considering a plan to create a permanent Black community.
The plan was backed by a host of public bodies, including the Scottish government and the National Lottery.
A group of Black people living on the outskirts of Glasgow in 1997.
In 2002, the Sequences began their own Black community, the Black Country Club, in the centre of Glasgow.
The club attracted thousands of fans, but by 2002 the city had seen the number of people leaving the Black communities on the city rise, and by 2005 the number was nearly 400 people.
“It was very hard to find a place to stay and stay in Glasgow and to move around in the city,” said one of the club’s members, Steve McLeod.
“So we decided to move and we were all looking for somewhere to go.”
The Sequents have lived in Glasgow for decades, with the majority living in the Black Borders.
However, by the late 1990s, the region was on the brink of being transformed, with a planned $1.5 billion redevelopment project that would see millions of square metres of new development and new homes.
The Sequences were not the only group of people who felt that the redevelopment project was taking place too slowly, and so the club formed a group called the Black City Residents’ Association (BCRA).
“We had a lot of people coming into the city and they felt that it wasn’t happening fast enough, so we wanted to be involved,” said McLeod, who now runs the club as the club captain.
“That’s why we started organising Black Country Clubs.”
A group from the Black Community Club in Glasgow.
“You’re a part of a community, and it’s something that’s not just about football,” said another club member, John Tait, who is also the chairman of the BCRA.
“There’s a lot more to the city than just football, and you can see the community that’s being built here.”
The club started as a small community of about 20 people, but has since grown to more than 200 members, who work together on many issues including the Black History Month celebrations, Black History Week, Black Culture Week, and many more.
“I think the best thing about the club is the people we have in it,” McLeod said.
“If I had my druthers, the biggest issue I’d like to have is a football club that’s as diverse as the community we’re part of.”
What happens at the Sequential Occupation?
After the Sequenced were granted permission to relocate, they were given a licence to operate the stadium, which is the same structure that the club currently uses.
The group also holds community meetings and helps build the infrastructure for the new stadium, including roads and bridges.
The stadium will also house the club and a number of other community groups, including a Black History Museum, a museum dedicated to Black History, a Black Heritage Museum, and a Black Women’s Centre.