AN abandoned sports facility in the middle of Grimethorpe will be brought back into use - by Barnsley FC legend Bruce Dyer.

The Chronicle can reveal that the former striker, who notched 57 goals in 181 appearances during a five-year stint at Oakwell, has agreed to take over the ailing Miners’ Welfare Sports Ground, on Cemetery Road, and took control of the venue - which has been derelict for almost two years - this week.

Bruce said: “My soccer school started at the venue so I’m very aware of its potential and what has happened to it since its closure. There’s been lots of vandalism but it’s an excellent place which will be fantastic.

“This isn’t a short-term plan - I’m looking towards the future and many years in Grimethorpe.”