Poole chairman Robbins hopes Mitchell can help club stay in the borough

STADIUM HELP: Eddie Mitchell

STADIUM HELP: Eddie Mitchell

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CHAIRMAN Clive Robbins is adamant Poole Town must remain in the borough of Poole and is hoping Eddie Mitchell can help them stay there.

Former Cherries owner Mitchell – in an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo last week – revealed he had offered his support to the Dolphins as they look to find a permanent new home.

And Mitchell, who sold his share in Cherries last month, is expected to have further discussions with Robbins and Poole vice-chairman Chris Reeves in the next few days.

Dolphins have been ‘homeless’ ever since being kicked out of Poole Stadium in 1994 and have a lease on their current ground at Tatnam until 2024.

Mitchell, who was responsible for reviving Cherries’ off-field fortunes during four years as chairman, said he had already drawn up a design for a new stadium for Poole.

Robbins told the Daily Echo: “Eddie has been very supportive so far and there is no reason to believe he won’t be in the future. He is the sort of chap who likes to have a scheme. He did very well at Bournemouth and I think he would do very well for us.

“Our hands are slightly tied because, geographically, there are not many areas of land in the borough that we could go for. But with Eddie on board, it does give us that little extra push and bit of flair.

"Perhaps we have gone down the same old road for too long and maybe we should look around a bit more. But it is very difficult because all the avenues we could explore, we have abandoned in the past due to finance.

“Eddie may possibly be able to bring some more investment to the club, rather like he did with Bournemouth which was fairly moribund when he took over and look at it now. I am not saying we will find another Maxim Demin but it would be nice if we could.”

Robbins added: “I think we have got to stay in the borough. The people of Poole would expect us to play in the borough of Poole and we wouldn’t want to play in Wimborne or Bournemouth. An out-of-town site very close to Poole would be acceptable but they are few and far between.”

In the meantime, Robbins said the club would continue to carry out ground improvements to Tatnam in order for the club to satisfy Football Association grading criteria for the Southern League.

Poole banked £15,000 in prize money from their FA Cup run this season before being eliminated by Staines in a fourth qualifying round replay in front of a crowd of 935 at Tatnam on Tuesday.

Robbins added: “It keeps us firmly on the map where we have been for a number of seasons. Everything is going in our favour at the moment apart from this one result.

“We were very encouraged by the crowd and the game went off without a hitch. We were just disappointed we didn’t go through.”

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7:44am Thu 31 Oct 13

Steveo123 says...

You're still going to need a building company to build this lovely new stadium.....Probably cost a fortune, ,,now let me think now, building company,, building company...
You're still going to need a building company to build this lovely new stadium.....Probably cost a fortune, ,,now let me think now, building company,, building company... Steveo123
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8:19am Thu 31 Oct 13

susi.m says...

Don't let him loose on 5 live
Don't let him loose on 5 live susi.m
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8:28am Thu 31 Oct 13

boyerboy says...

Steveo123 wrote:
You're still going to need a building company to build this lovely new stadium.....Probably cost a fortune, ,,now let me think now, building company,, building company...
Would be a nice little tickle,back in the good old days I am sure I recall a local builders who could have helped.......Kidde ?????
[quote][p][bold]Steveo123[/bold] wrote: You're still going to need a building company to build this lovely new stadium.....Probably cost a fortune, ,,now let me think now, building company,, building company...[/p][/quote]Would be a nice little tickle,back in the good old days I am sure I recall a local builders who could have helped.......Kidde ????? boyerboy
  • Score: -2

8:36am Thu 31 Oct 13

matt68 says...

There"s quite a bit of room in sandbanks if you demolish some of those seven development houses!!
There"s quite a bit of room in sandbanks if you demolish some of those seven development houses!! matt68
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9:25am Thu 31 Oct 13

sea poole says...

Mention Mitchell and comments fly like a rat up a drainpipe. Thanks Eddie for what you've achieved at AFCB. I'm sure you can do the same for Poole Town -at least someone is trying to do something positive for the club, rather than the totally ineffectual borough councillors and officers and also some of the anonymous trolls commenting above...with witticisms that are banal!
Mention Mitchell and comments fly like a rat up a drainpipe. Thanks Eddie for what you've achieved at AFCB. I'm sure you can do the same for Poole Town -at least someone is trying to do something positive for the club, rather than the totally ineffectual borough councillors and officers and also some of the anonymous trolls commenting above...with witticisms that are banal! sea poole
  • Score: 10

10:14am Thu 31 Oct 13

jolliffe says...

IMHO a town the size of Poole should be able to support a Conference side.
and its frustrating to see the club's resurgence constantly endangered by ground issues. Is it time for a private/public partnership to give the Club a
deserved boost??
IMHO a town the size of Poole should be able to support a Conference side. and its frustrating to see the club's resurgence constantly endangered by ground issues. Is it time for a private/public partnership to give the Club a deserved boost?? jolliffe
  • Score: 5

1:50pm Thu 31 Oct 13

Afcbpete says...

I wish Poole every success in all they do. Quite where the money will come from to build a new stadium is another matter, it certainly won''t come from Mitchell. All he's in it for is what he can get out of it, as with AFCB. But if the two parties can work it to their best interests then why not. Just do so with your eyes open!!
I wish Poole every success in all they do. Quite where the money will come from to build a new stadium is another matter, it certainly won''t come from Mitchell. All he's in it for is what he can get out of it, as with AFCB. But if the two parties can work it to their best interests then why not. Just do so with your eyes open!! Afcbpete
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4:19pm Thu 31 Oct 13

apm1954 says...

would mr robbins and mr reeves please tell the people of poole the truth why you left the stadium , was it because the league you were in at the time would not allow you to play on the pitch because it would have been to small when the league said you had to do something about the corners of the pitch, using pallets on the speedway track to make the required size, was not acceptable, i have the greatest respect for mr reeves and mr robbins , who have done a super job at poole tn , my late father would be well chuffed with the way things are going at poole, they would know who i am refering to .
would mr robbins and mr reeves please tell the people of poole the truth why you left the stadium , was it because the league you were in at the time would not allow you to play on the pitch because it would have been to small when the league said you had to do something about the corners of the pitch, using pallets on the speedway track to make the required size, was not acceptable, i have the greatest respect for mr reeves and mr robbins , who have done a super job at poole tn , my late father would be well chuffed with the way things are going at poole, they would know who i am refering to . apm1954
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9:17pm Thu 31 Oct 13

afcdibby says...

Is the move to Bearwood dead and buried?
Is the move to Bearwood dead and buried? afcdibby
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