Aylesbury United Football Club’s return to the town is a step closer after the council agreed to meet with the club to discuss the idea.
Universal cross-party support from Aylesbury Vale District Council was given to the plan, but any move would have to be backed by a solid business case.
Around 30 Ducks fans attended the meeting on Wednesday evening.
Labour Councillor Michael Beall, who proposed the original motion to support bringing the Ducks back to town, said: “I believe the club should be brought back. All kinds of people will benefit from this.”
Cabinet member for leisure, Councillor David Thompson, said there must be a business case for the move and no decision had yet been made.
Mr Thompson said: “Our door is always open but you [the club] need to come forward with your ideas and plans for your club.
“We will do everything we can to support this club and any other sporting club in the Vale.”
Councillor Michael Edmonds, council deputy leader, said having worked at the club it was sad to see it in it’s current situation, with the team playing home games outside Aylesbury and the old ground lying dormant.
The club was based at the ground in Buckingham Road until 2006, and it now shares Leighton Town’s Bell Close stadium in Bedfordshire.
Lib Dem Councillor Paul Hughes suggested there could be a shared community stadium in town sponsored by the new Arla dairy.
Mr Hughes said: “That would be great. Although I admit it sounds a bit cheesy.”
Elmhurst and Watermead Councillor Raj Khan said the issue was close to his heart and that the club had been badly let down in the past.
Mr Khan said: “It is not just a football club, it is part of our history.
“It is not just a matter of bringing them back home, but giving them all the support we can offer them.”
Councillor Chris Adams, UKIP, said: “We need to bring the Ducks home.”