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Question: Would you support a move away from the County Ground?
Keep the stadium the way it is. Forever - 5 (4.5%)
Absolutely Not! We must stay and rebuild - 61 (55.5%)
No, but could understand it - 9 (8.2%)
Wouldn't be against it, but would rather not - 19 (17.3%)
Don't care - 1 (0.9%)
Yes, if we didn't move out of town - 10 (9.1%)
Yes, even if it was 'out of town' - 3 (2.7%)
Pack the whole thing up and move to Chippenham - 2 (1.8%)
Total Voters: 103

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Oaksey Moonraker

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« Reply #75 on: Sunday, May 30, 2021, 19:20:08 »

It was the Football Grounds Improvement Trust that funded 75% of redevelopment costs post Hillsborough. It was paid from a levy on the pools (remember that). There was no limit on grants for stands as Derby paid for Pride Park through the scheme.

IIRC the club applied for a 3600 new Stratton Bank Stand with the same design and height as a the DRS. The height got modified to that of the Rolex Clock after residents objected and the new stand was going to be about 2600-2800.

Ray Hardman was Chairman at the time and think it was the finances after going down again in 1994/95 that scuppered. Of course the money we splashed on Joey Beauchamp in 1994 would have paid our 25% of the cost!!
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« Reply #76 on: Sunday, May 30, 2021, 19:33:06 »

As Jimmy Quinn posted itís 30 years ago so the facts and stories etc get eroded in time. Either way every owner since has failed to bring The County Ground into this century. Hopefully Clem and Axis can change that.
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« Reply #77 on: Sunday, May 30, 2021, 19:35:38 »

Well said Grim and let's hope the new owner has ambitions to redevelop the stadium high on his list of priorities and not just something that gets mentioned then forgot about.
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« Reply #78 on: Sunday, May 30, 2021, 19:42:13 »

The next owner will have little choice but to do something with the ground.  Rich Pullen mentioned this on the LSPOD chat with Clem - we're now so far behind other clubs when it comes to stadium development that it makes less & less sense to continue doing nothing.  This is 30 yrs overdue.  You can't keep sweating a dilapidated asset forever.
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« Reply #79 on: Sunday, May 30, 2021, 19:46:10 »

I totally agree and whenever the Stratton bank has been opened in recent seasons the away fans slate the state of the toilets and facilities so it's mind boggling that Power ever thought he could get us in the championship within five years.
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« Reply #80 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 05:33:52 »

Didnít we get Permission to put a roof on the bank at one point.
I want to say during the Fitton / Black regime...but...they decided it was a bit like polishing a turd & the Bank wasnít open often enough to justify the cost of putting the roof on.
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« Reply #81 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:03:11 »

Didnít we get Permission to put a roof on the bank at one point.
I want to say during the Fitton / Black regime...but...they decided it was a bit like polishing a turd & the Bank wasnít open often enough to justify the cost of putting the roof on.
I thought the same. I always thought that the we couldn't get a roof argument was a lot like the Honda board member myth
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« Reply #82 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:08:35 »

I thought the same. I always thought that the we couldn't get a roof argument was a lot like the Honda board member myth

Thatís my recollection. Most things behind the scenes in football are like Chinese whispers.

Iíd assume we would run into an issue with the residents if we were going to put something significantly taller in place of the bank but a roof has always been possible - just complete unnecessary...
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« Reply #83 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:08:46 »

Weren't the Trust funding a £500K investment to put a roof on the Stratton Bank a few years back?
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« Reply #84 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:17:03 »

I've yet to see anyone mention a suitable location as there's nowhere in or around Swindon unless yougo towards Chippenham
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« Reply #85 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:35:15 »

For purely selfish reasons, I support a move to Devizes.
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« Reply #86 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:38:02 »

Economically, a ground share with OUFC may make good sense.
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« Reply #87 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:40:26 »

It would be like paying behind closed doors as nobody would turn up apart from the tea lady
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« Reply #88 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:54:09 »

Economically, a ground share with OUFC may make good sense.
Your regular attempts at being a WUM are quite frankly shit.
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« Reply #89 on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 09:58:46 »

Your regular attempts at being a WUM are quite frankly shit.

Thanks for the considered reply.  No wind up. JQ posted about potential sites. There's must be somewhere north of Swindon. That could be convenient/ attractive to both clubs. Whether that will happen is a different matter
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