FC United can build their new stadium in Moston after a crunch meeting. Jubilant fans cheered in celebration after planning bosses gave the green light.
The decision was taken at a boisterous town hall meeting where angry residents laid out the opposition to the plan.
They claimed building a stadium at the Ronald Johnson playing fields would cause traffic chaos and destroy a local beauty spot.
But council chiefs ruled in the club's favour, granting them permission to proceed with the £3.5m project.