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Revealed: Eddie Mitchell's vision for new Poole Town football stadium
EDDIE Mitchell has unveiled ambitious plans for Poole Town’s proposed new stadium with the promise: “I am going to make it work.”
In designs released exclusively to the Daily Echo, the former Cherries chairman revealed his vision to find the club a permanent home.
Mitchell, who sold his stake in AFC Bournemouth in September, last week acquired a two-year option to purchase a majority shareholding in Poole Town.
The Sandbanks-based property developer is now heavily involved in the Southern League outfit’s attempts to finally end their painstaking search for a new stadium.
And although he has yet to find a definite area to press on for planning permission, he insists there are potential sites near Tatnam, Poole Stadium and Holes Bay.
Mitchell told the Daily Echo: “The plans are for a stadium which would enable us to get as far as Conference level or even the lower divisions of the Football League. It would be one that could be put anywhere, so to speak, and it is affordable. But, ideally, it would suit a location like Tatnam which is pretty central to Poole and where people can park and walk or get the train and walk.
“Poole’s problem is finding a home for it and that is where I come in. It is going to be a difficult task, but unless we get it out there and get in amongst it, we are not going to find it. Ideally, it would be as close to Poole Stadium as possible.
“Some of the land is in private hands and there are areas which are owned by local authorities. It is a case of this is what we want to do, this is what we want to offer the community, we have the manpower to do it and we could find the money to do it, so let’s give it to the community and unearth the land somewhere.
“The conurbation of Poole is a big place, it is up and coming and why shouldn’t it have a community base like a permanent football ground. I want to make it work and I am going to make it work.”
Dolphins vice-chairman Chris Reeves said: “We are delighted to have Eddie involved and he has been a breath of fresh air.”
Mitchell suggested the new ground could eventually have a capacity up to about 4,000. Although the club gets far smaller attendances – their average league crowd this season is 395 – that size of stadium would meet the necessary ground-grading requirements to climb the divisions.
The Dolphins have been blighted by ground problems since being kicked out of Poole Stadium – their home for 61 years – in 1994. Poole moved to their current base on a school playing field at Tatnam in 2005.
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