Ex-AFC Bournemouth chairman Mitchell acquires option to buy into Poole Town

Bournemouth Echo: POOLE OPTION: Eddie Mitchell POOLE OPTION: Eddie Mitchell

FORMER Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell has acquired a two-year option to purchase a majority shareholding in Poole Town, the Daily Echo can exclusively reveal.

Mitchell, who sold his stake in AFC Bournemouth in September, has concluded a deal with Dolphins owners and directors Clive Robbins and Chris Reeves.

Sandbanks-based property developer Mitchell has pledged to help the progressive Southern League outfit in their bid to build a new stadium.

And should he prove successful, it is likely Mitchell would then exercise the option, join the Poole board and take a controlling interest in the club.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Mitchell confirmed: “I have acquired a two-year option to purchase a majority share. I am working hard behind the scenes to try to help the club find a permanent home. I would only take it up if I had something to offer the club. I wouldn’t take it up just for the sake of it.

“To devote a lot of time to the club away from footballing matters, which is where my strength is, I want to know that if I can bring some good to the table, I would be secure to see it through and that really revolves around a new ground for the club.”

Poole vice-chairman Reeves confirmed Mitchell had said he would only exercise the option once a shareholders’ agreement had been put in place to provide reassurance that the club would “continue to be run in the future in the way it had in the past and all decisions would be made by the board of directors”.

Reeves added: “I have been very impressed with Eddie’s commitment and enthusiasm and he has been a breath of fresh air. He is somebody with influence and the right experience and is keen to help our cause.”

Poole, founded in 1890, have been blighted by ground problems ever since being kicked out of Poole Stadium – their home for 61 years – in 1994.

They have faced a constant battle to find a new stadium despite putting the town on the map by climbing from the Hampshire League to the Southern League in the space of nine years.

Poole moved to its current base on a school playing field at Tatnam in 2005 after ground-sharing with Hamworthy United and Holt United following their departure from Wimborne Road. The club is currently 10 years into a 21-year lease at the venue.

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1:34pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

Only get involved if there's some building work for him obviously.
Only get involved if there's some building work for him obviously. Talkingheadera

2:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

big_afcb_fan says...

interesting, will work for both parties very well
interesting, will work for both parties very well big_afcb_fan

5:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

apm1954 says...

they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.
they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues. apm1954

5:46pm Wed 11 Dec 13

John T says...

I only hope Property Speculator Mitchell and Solicitor Reeves know what they are letting each other, and Poole Town fans, in for.
I guess Mitchell can't find bigger fish to fry than Dolphins!
I only hope Property Speculator Mitchell and Solicitor Reeves know what they are letting each other, and Poole Town fans, in for. I guess Mitchell can't find bigger fish to fry than Dolphins! John T

6:09pm Wed 11 Dec 13

boyerboy says...

Tears will end all in? .....(please re arrange into popular saying).
Tears will end all in? .....(please re arrange into popular saying). boyerboy

7:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Cherryfan says...

Eddie certainly did us proud given the state we were in and putting aside some of his short-comings. I think this is good for Poole Town given the constraints they are currently in and wish Eddie and the club the best for 2014. I hope to see Poole settle in a ground that allows them to achieve there aspirations with Eddie's backing.
Eddie certainly did us proud given the state we were in and putting aside some of his short-comings. I think this is good for Poole Town given the constraints they are currently in and wish Eddie and the club the best for 2014. I hope to see Poole settle in a ground that allows them to achieve there aspirations with Eddie's backing. Cherryfan

9:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

High Treason says...

I noticed today Staples had a large delivery of brown envelopes.
I noticed today Staples had a large delivery of brown envelopes. High Treason

11:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

And after let the asset stripping begin
And after let the asset stripping begin cheeriedriteup

11:28pm Wed 11 Dec 13

WHYNOT says...

Great man saved the cherries much to the disgust of spiteful old codger and the rest of the anti mitchell brigade
Great man saved the cherries much to the disgust of spiteful old codger and the rest of the anti mitchell brigade WHYNOT

12:09am Thu 12 Dec 13

gameon says...

R.I.P Poole Town. Reeves and Robbins will regret this decision Letting Him through the door build the new stadium take the money and run true to form
R.I.P Poole Town. Reeves and Robbins will regret this decision Letting Him through the door build the new stadium take the money and run true to form gameon

7:15am Thu 12 Dec 13

N Smith says...

See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC
See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC N Smith

7:43am Thu 12 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

N Smith wrote:
See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC
As I keep saying there is a reason why he left AFCB, wait until all the loans in the clubs name show up on the end of year accounts!!! The stock is rising but he still leaves - is that a business decision or something else
[quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC[/p][/quote]As I keep saying there is a reason why he left AFCB, wait until all the loans in the clubs name show up on the end of year accounts!!! The stock is rising but he still leaves - is that a business decision or something else cheeriedriteup

8:07am Thu 12 Dec 13

N Smith says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
N Smith wrote:
See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC
As I keep saying there is a reason why he left AFCB, wait until all the loans in the clubs name show up on the end of year accounts!!! The stock is rising but he still leaves - is that a business decision or something else
Or and most likely Max offered a lot of money for his shares!!!
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC[/p][/quote]As I keep saying there is a reason why he left AFCB, wait until all the loans in the clubs name show up on the end of year accounts!!! The stock is rising but he still leaves - is that a business decision or something else[/p][/quote]Or and most likely Max offered a lot of money for his shares!!! N Smith

8:12am Thu 12 Dec 13

CC C-siders says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
And after let the asset stripping begin
What assets are you talking about?
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: And after let the asset stripping begin[/p][/quote]What assets are you talking about? CC C-siders

8:13am Thu 12 Dec 13

N Smith says...

CC C-siders wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
And after let the asset stripping begin
What assets are you talking about?
That thought came across my mind as well
[quote][p][bold]CC C-siders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: And after let the asset stripping begin[/p][/quote]What assets are you talking about?[/p][/quote]That thought came across my mind as well N Smith

8:48am Thu 12 Dec 13

CC C-siders says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
Only get involved if there's some building work for him obviously.
If there was building work it implies it is good or PTFC doesn't it?
Isn't that what the club needs most of all now that they have an excellent manager and team, building work and/or a new ground?
Or are you now suggesting that you would rather have PTFC return to the Wessex league because their ground isn't up to it?
Maybe you haven't thought this through.....!
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: Only get involved if there's some building work for him obviously.[/p][/quote]If there was building work it implies it is good or PTFC doesn't it? Isn't that what the club needs most of all now that they have an excellent manager and team, building work and/or a new ground? Or are you now suggesting that you would rather have PTFC return to the Wessex league because their ground isn't up to it? Maybe you haven't thought this through.....! CC C-siders

10:42am Thu 12 Dec 13

Cherrybear86 says...

One things for sure they will enjoy an epic car park facility
One things for sure they will enjoy an epic car park facility Cherrybear86

11:22am Thu 12 Dec 13

bobsworthforever says...

Cherrybear86 wrote:
One things for sure they will enjoy an epic car park facility
Absolutely never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would have a car park like weve got now win the Premiership win the FA Cup win the Champions League yes but tarmac and landscape the car parking now that would have been downright silly.As for Mr Mitchell just glad hes not still at AFCB good luck to PooleTown
[quote][p][bold]Cherrybear86[/bold] wrote: One things for sure they will enjoy an epic car park facility[/p][/quote]Absolutely never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would have a car park like weve got now win the Premiership win the FA Cup win the Champions League yes but tarmac and landscape the car parking now that would have been downright silly.As for Mr Mitchell just glad hes not still at AFCB good luck to PooleTown bobsworthforever

11:24am Thu 12 Dec 13

StewieJT says...

Clearly Mitchell would only be interested if there was something in it for him. What's wrong with that? Without him Poole Town will probably never raise the funds to build a new stadium.

For the record, the club was forced out of the old stadium. The new owners thought it more profitable to put something else in the middle. I think they intended to install 5-a-side pitches. The place is an embarrassment now, they should knock it down and build a new one.
Clearly Mitchell would only be interested if there was something in it for him. What's wrong with that? Without him Poole Town will probably never raise the funds to build a new stadium. For the record, the club was forced out of the old stadium. The new owners thought it more profitable to put something else in the middle. I think they intended to install 5-a-side pitches. The place is an embarrassment now, they should knock it down and build a new one. StewieJT

3:01pm Thu 12 Dec 13

raybren says...

I can remember when Poole Town were a force to be reckoned with in the ( good standard ) Southern League . They have a good set up now and anything that can push them forward , can only be good . Is Eddie M the man to do it ? We are about to find out .
I can remember when Poole Town were a force to be reckoned with in the ( good standard ) Southern League . They have a good set up now and anything that can push them forward , can only be good . Is Eddie M the man to do it ? We are about to find out . raybren

3:58pm Thu 12 Dec 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Interesting as this article is, how much longer are we to open up the oech's sports page ans see this elegant (only joking!) gentleman in dark glasses!!!!

is there any more worthy news about AFCB that we can be reading!!!

Come on you mighty CERRIES
Interesting as this article is, how much longer are we to open up the oech's sports page ans see this elegant (only joking!) gentleman in dark glasses!!!! is there any more worthy news about AFCB that we can be reading!!! Come on you mighty CERRIES nonnogeppetto

4:24pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Square Old Codger says...

apm1954 wrote:
they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.
I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.[/p][/quote]I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them. Square Old Codger

5:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

are we interested in what Mitchell is up to, he is only interested where money can be made. come on Perrett, WE DONT CARE.
are we interested in what Mitchell is up to, he is only interested where money can be made. come on Perrett, WE DONT CARE. holdinkæft

5:41pm Thu 12 Dec 13

apm1954 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.
I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.
ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.[/p][/quote]I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.[/p][/quote]ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town apm1954

7:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

WHYNOT says...

apm1954 wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.
I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.
ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town
haha sad old codger wrong again with his inside info
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.[/p][/quote]I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.[/p][/quote]ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town[/p][/quote]haha sad old codger wrong again with his inside info WHYNOT

9:02pm Thu 12 Dec 13

CC C-siders says...

apm1954 wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.
I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.
ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town
So you're one of the guys to blame!
I agree with Codger. Speedway and dogs given preference by the council.
Who built the ground?
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.[/p][/quote]I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.[/p][/quote]ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town[/p][/quote]So you're one of the guys to blame! I agree with Codger. Speedway and dogs given preference by the council. Who built the ground? CC C-siders

9:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

apm1954 says...

CC C-siders wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.
I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.
ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town
So you're one of the guys to blame!
I agree with Codger. Speedway and dogs given preference by the council.
Who built the ground?
as i said ask mr reeves the pitch would have been to small, ptfc could have gone for the lease they declined , at one of the last meetings i had ptfc and poole borough fc at a meeting trying to get them to work together to no avail,mr reeves will also confirm that this is true . failing this speak to mr robbins jnr they both know who i am they also knew my late father who supported ptfc for many many years , i even met them to be presented with a plaque after my fathers death thanking him for his support and help over many years so please dont suggest i am to blame ,
[quote][p][bold]CC C-siders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: they were not kicked out of the stadium the size of the pitch did not meet the required size , for the league they were in at the time , corner areas on pallets . not exceptable .any way well done ptfc on your recent progress through the leagues.[/p][/quote]I am afraid that they were, the Council prefered Greyhound Racing and Speedway to football. Haven't watched Poole for many a year, I think the last time was to watch the late, great Wilf Mannion turn out for them.[/p][/quote]ask mr reeves he is an honest man , i was vice chair of leisure at the time at poole council, i met with ptfc many times even after i left the council , you may not like this answer but it is the truth , again well done poole town[/p][/quote]So you're one of the guys to blame! I agree with Codger. Speedway and dogs given preference by the council. Who built the ground?[/p][/quote]as i said ask mr reeves the pitch would have been to small, ptfc could have gone for the lease they declined , at one of the last meetings i had ptfc and poole borough fc at a meeting trying to get them to work together to no avail,mr reeves will also confirm that this is true . failing this speak to mr robbins jnr they both know who i am they also knew my late father who supported ptfc for many many years , i even met them to be presented with a plaque after my fathers death thanking him for his support and help over many years so please dont suggest i am to blame , apm1954

11:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

gameon says...

N Smith wrote:
See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC
And You spare a thought for the MANY self employed and small and large companies that have been had over it speaks for its self the list of bankrupt companies dont lie .
[quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: See the Mitchell haters are out again, those people need to remember where we were before Eddie came along and changed every thing .Good luck to Eddie and Poole Town FC[/p][/quote]And You spare a thought for the MANY self employed and small and large companies that have been had over it speaks for its self the list of bankrupt companies dont lie . gameon

11:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

gameon says...

bobsworthforever wrote:
Cherrybear86 wrote:
One things for sure they will enjoy an epic car park facility
Absolutely never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would have a car park like weve got now win the Premiership win the FA Cup win the Champions League yes but tarmac and landscape the car parking now that would have been downright silly.As for Mr Mitchell just glad hes not still at AFCB good luck to PooleTown
Best comment on here tonight true facts as for the doubters about Mitchell why did he resign I think Mr Demin had a word in his ear and from a russian he took notice some of us know why he went The lifelong supporter .
[quote][p][bold]bobsworthforever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cherrybear86[/bold] wrote: One things for sure they will enjoy an epic car park facility[/p][/quote]Absolutely never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would have a car park like weve got now win the Premiership win the FA Cup win the Champions League yes but tarmac and landscape the car parking now that would have been downright silly.As for Mr Mitchell just glad hes not still at AFCB good luck to PooleTown[/p][/quote]Best comment on here tonight true facts as for the doubters about Mitchell why did he resign I think Mr Demin had a word in his ear and from a russian he took notice some of us know why he went The lifelong supporter . gameon

9:24am Fri 13 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

CC C-siders wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
And after let the asset stripping begin
What assets are you talking about?
The one he is about to build and rent back at an unaffordable rate, selling the successful manager, selling young players, do you really think this guy is there as a charity?
[quote][p][bold]CC C-siders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: And after let the asset stripping begin[/p][/quote]What assets are you talking about?[/p][/quote]The one he is about to build and rent back at an unaffordable rate, selling the successful manager, selling young players, do you really think this guy is there as a charity? cheeriedriteup

9:27am Fri 13 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

StewieJT wrote:
Clearly Mitchell would only be interested if there was something in it for him. What's wrong with that? Without him Poole Town will probably never raise the funds to build a new stadium.

For the record, the club was forced out of the old stadium. The new owners thought it more profitable to put something else in the middle. I think they intended to install 5-a-side pitches. The place is an embarrassment now, they should knock it down and build a new one.
Wrong, PTFC was a victim of their own success- they got promoted and pitch corners were not good enough to satisfy the FA
[quote][p][bold]StewieJT[/bold] wrote: Clearly Mitchell would only be interested if there was something in it for him. What's wrong with that? Without him Poole Town will probably never raise the funds to build a new stadium. For the record, the club was forced out of the old stadium. The new owners thought it more profitable to put something else in the middle. I think they intended to install 5-a-side pitches. The place is an embarrassment now, they should knock it down and build a new one.[/p][/quote]Wrong, PTFC was a victim of their own success- they got promoted and pitch corners were not good enough to satisfy the FA cheeriedriteup

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