Since I Was 33 wrote:Shankster wrote:Since I Was 33 wrote:up_the_line wrote:Since I Was 33 wrote: Hull City, Bolton, Swansea, Reading and you could probably pick a few others were all clubs that built new stadiums or re-developed the old ones when they were low in the leagues. I'm sure their fans complained in the same way about money spent on development but in all those cases the clubs were playing in the top level within a few years. At the end of the day you have to speculate to accumulate.
Quite frankly the Grandstand was a dilapidated eye sore that restricted the amount of non-match day income the club can make so that will from next season come to an end. Some of the photos on GOS show just how much we needed to sort it out and now, not later.
To try to compare the cobbled together retro fit of the Mayflower with any of the stadiums you refer to is frankly quite amusing. In all those cases those clubs actually increased their capacity, probably to accommodate the extra fans their improved football would generate. In ours we are reducing it. As far as statements of intent go that tells me everything I need to know about where our football club sees itself
All those teams had a plan and a vision and it paid off. In the cases of all four quoted they weren't succeding at any level, their success followed the re-development. The development was responsible for their later success not the other way around
Really? They had benefactors, that was behind their success.
Bournemouth springs to mind
They certainly had people like Madejski at Reading and Pearson at Hull who put the initial cash up because after all stadiums don't build themselves but without the stadium development they would have stayed precisely where they were. The re-development of the stadia was part of the business model that allowed them to grow and become more succesfull. Bournemouth is slightly different as they have a Russian benefactor who has pumped lots of cash into the playing side.
Garside at Bolton, do not forget. All these guys were/are multi-millionaires. Argyle's main shareholders are not in the same quartile, sadly.