Revealed: Eddie Mitchell's vision for new Poole Town football stadium

Bournemouth Echo: STADIUM VISION: Eddie Mitchell's proposed new home for Poole Town STADIUM VISION: Eddie Mitchell's proposed new home for Poole Town

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.

While the Dolphins previously had plans to move to Bearwood, Mitchell confirmed that his preference was to build the proposed venue in a central Poole location.

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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10:56pm Fri 20 Dec 13

afcb36 says...

FairPlay to you mr Mitchell a man with true ambitions as you proved at afc Bournemouth no matter what you will get the muppets on here that doubted you as Bournemouth chairman and could only bad mouth you even though if it wasn't for you they would probably have no local team and the great facilities they have now at the end of the day you are a businessman and people are just jealous that they can't be successful with your ambition give it 5yrs Poole town will be the local supporters club
FairPlay to you mr Mitchell a man with true ambitions as you proved at afc Bournemouth no matter what you will get the muppets on here that doubted you as Bournemouth chairman and could only bad mouth you even though if it wasn't for you they would probably have no local team and the great facilities they have now at the end of the day you are a businessman and people are just jealous that they can't be successful with your ambition give it 5yrs Poole town will be the local supporters club afcb36

11:03pm Fri 20 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

afcb36 wrote:
FairPlay to you mr Mitchell a man with true ambitions as you proved at afc Bournemouth no matter what you will get the muppets on here that doubted you as Bournemouth chairman and could only bad mouth you even though if it wasn't for you they would probably have no local team and the great facilities they have now at the end of the day you are a businessman and people are just jealous that they can't be successful with your ambition give it 5yrs Poole town will be the local supporters club
Thank you TOM.
[quote][p][bold]afcb36[/bold] wrote: FairPlay to you mr Mitchell a man with true ambitions as you proved at afc Bournemouth no matter what you will get the muppets on here that doubted you as Bournemouth chairman and could only bad mouth you even though if it wasn't for you they would probably have no local team and the great facilities they have now at the end of the day you are a businessman and people are just jealous that they can't be successful with your ambition give it 5yrs Poole town will be the local supporters club[/p][/quote]Thank you TOM. pete woodley

11:45pm Fri 20 Dec 13

canfordcherry says...

Best of luck EM & Poole. He was brilliant at AFCB & will be for PTFC, hopefully!
Best of luck EM & Poole. He was brilliant at AFCB & will be for PTFC, hopefully! canfordcherry

9:03am Sat 21 Dec 13

onionbag says...

Morning Pete, true to form - still stirring after all these years !
Morning Pete, true to form - still stirring after all these years ! onionbag

9:24am Sat 21 Dec 13

Nat1234 says...

Looks like a good ground . But I do think they should build it at canford magna , I can't think of any spare ground in the heart of Poole ,
Looks like a good ground . But I do think they should build it at canford magna , I can't think of any spare ground in the heart of Poole , Nat1234

10:20am Sat 21 Dec 13

horsted says...

Well done for taking it on Eddie, its the obvious place to build it, as they are already there, a low level complex will suit the area, being that thee are industrial building the other side of the road, it can only benefit the area and hopefully the school can tap into the facility, well done Sir and good luck.
Well done for taking it on Eddie, its the obvious place to build it, as they are already there, a low level complex will suit the area, being that thee are industrial building the other side of the road, it can only benefit the area and hopefully the school can tap into the facility, well done Sir and good luck. horsted

10:46am Sat 21 Dec 13

altoman says...

Purchase POOLE STADIUM knock it down rebuild a state of the art one which will benefit the town, railway stn, car park ,it's all there simple's.
Purchase POOLE STADIUM knock it down rebuild a state of the art one which will benefit the town, railway stn, car park ,it's all there simple's. altoman

11:25am Sat 21 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

Can't believe how many people get taken in by Mitchell.
He won't get involved unless there's a big benefit to his bank balance.
Yes he saved afcb but he did his work including lots of building work then left.
Will do same with Poole.
He preys on the desperate and uses his contacts to help them out which is all well and good but ask the tradesmen who he doesn't pay if they feel as grateful.
He's a ruthless money grabber and A well known one to those who know him.
So don't bother commenting unless you've had personal dealings with him.
Can't believe how many people get taken in by Mitchell. He won't get involved unless there's a big benefit to his bank balance. Yes he saved afcb but he did his work including lots of building work then left. Will do same with Poole. He preys on the desperate and uses his contacts to help them out which is all well and good but ask the tradesmen who he doesn't pay if they feel as grateful. He's a ruthless money grabber and A well known one to those who know him. So don't bother commenting unless you've had personal dealings with him. Talkingheadera

11:38am Sat 21 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

onionbag wrote:
Morning Pete, true to form - still stirring after all these years !
just trying to liven it up a bit,i am NOT a mitchell supporter,his greed of money is not right for local football.
[quote][p][bold]onionbag[/bold] wrote: Morning Pete, true to form - still stirring after all these years ![/p][/quote]just trying to liven it up a bit,i am NOT a mitchell supporter,his greed of money is not right for local football. pete woodley

11:55am Sat 21 Dec 13

afcb36 says...

Pete woodley it's sir tom to u
Pete woodley it's sir tom to u afcb36

12:04pm Sat 21 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

afcb36 wrote:
Pete woodley it's sir tom to u
Sorry
[quote][p][bold]afcb36[/bold] wrote: Pete woodley it's sir tom to u[/p][/quote]Sorry pete woodley

1:04pm Sat 21 Dec 13

cromwell9 says...

Talkingheader seams a sad old bitter man .
some of you may have old business issues with Mr Mitchell,but keep them out of Poole Town FC..
The football club have some very clicky supporters who dont want the club to move forward .
A lot of them are small business men with a axe to grind .
I say to them .Get over it .
We live in a free for all dog eat dog economy.SOME YOU WIN .SOME YOU LOOSE.
As Vic Reeves has said .Eddie Mitchell is like a breath of fresh air.
He will get the Stadium built. at the write location Bearwood was never going to happen for obvious reasons.
Eddie Mitchell turned around AFCB. He has the ambition .The total commitment to his ventures.He will take them all on and get the job done.
The best news for POOLE.Town FC. WOW.
Lets hope Poole Bourough Council, have the vision to take the town to new heights.
Talkingheader seams a sad old bitter man . some of you may have old business issues with Mr Mitchell,but keep them out of Poole Town FC.. The football club have some very clicky supporters who dont want the club to move forward . A lot of them are small business men with a axe to grind . I say to them .Get over it . We live in a free for all dog eat dog economy.SOME YOU WIN .SOME YOU LOOSE. As Vic Reeves has said .Eddie Mitchell is like a breath of fresh air. He will get the Stadium built. at the write location Bearwood was never going to happen for obvious reasons. Eddie Mitchell turned around AFCB. He has the ambition .The total commitment to his ventures.He will take them all on and get the job done. The best news for POOLE.Town FC. WOW. Lets hope Poole Bourough Council, have the vision to take the town to new heights. cromwell9

1:32pm Sat 21 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

cromwell9 wrote:
Talkingheader seams a sad old bitter man .
some of you may have old business issues with Mr Mitchell,but keep them out of Poole Town FC..
The football club have some very clicky supporters who dont want the club to move forward .
A lot of them are small business men with a axe to grind .
I say to them .Get over it .
We live in a free for all dog eat dog economy.SOME YOU WIN .SOME YOU LOOSE.
As Vic Reeves has said .Eddie Mitchell is like a breath of fresh air.
He will get the Stadium built. at the write location Bearwood was never going to happen for obvious reasons.
Eddie Mitchell turned around AFCB. He has the ambition .The total commitment to his ventures.He will take them all on and get the job done.
The best news for POOLE.Town FC. WOW.
Lets hope Poole Bourough Council, have the vision to take the town to new heights.
"write" location,a silly mistake like that shows you make comments in haste, without engaging brain.Having played for the "colts"back in the 60's Bournemouth Senior League,i would love to them get on,but not to be used by a money grabbing "builder",ask the dorchester crowd.
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: Talkingheader seams a sad old bitter man . some of you may have old business issues with Mr Mitchell,but keep them out of Poole Town FC.. The football club have some very clicky supporters who dont want the club to move forward . A lot of them are small business men with a axe to grind . I say to them .Get over it . We live in a free for all dog eat dog economy.SOME YOU WIN .SOME YOU LOOSE. As Vic Reeves has said .Eddie Mitchell is like a breath of fresh air. He will get the Stadium built. at the write location Bearwood was never going to happen for obvious reasons. Eddie Mitchell turned around AFCB. He has the ambition .The total commitment to his ventures.He will take them all on and get the job done. The best news for POOLE.Town FC. WOW. Lets hope Poole Bourough Council, have the vision to take the town to new heights.[/p][/quote]"write" location,a silly mistake like that shows you make comments in haste, without engaging brain.Having played for the "colts"back in the 60's Bournemouth Senior League,i would love to them get on,but not to be used by a money grabbing "builder",ask the dorchester crowd. pete woodley

2:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

lionheart says...

Needs to be built somewhere more central than Bearwood and consider merging Poole Town with Hamworthy Utd.
Needs to be built somewhere more central than Bearwood and consider merging Poole Town with Hamworthy Utd. lionheart

3:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

jane@janejonespr.co.uk says...

Thank you Eddie. Finally PTFC might get a much needed and deserved home.
Thank you Eddie. Finally PTFC might get a much needed and deserved home. jane@janejonespr.co.uk

3:02pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

cromwell9 wrote:
Talkingheader seams a sad old bitter man .
some of you may have old business issues with Mr Mitchell,but keep them out of Poole Town FC..
The football club have some very clicky supporters who dont want the club to move forward .
A lot of them are small business men with a axe to grind .
I say to them .Get over it .
We live in a free for all dog eat dog economy.SOME YOU WIN .SOME YOU LOOSE.
As Vic Reeves has said .Eddie Mitchell is like a breath of fresh air.
He will get the Stadium built. at the write location Bearwood was never going to happen for obvious reasons.
Eddie Mitchell turned around AFCB. He has the ambition .The total commitment to his ventures.He will take them all on and get the job done.
The best news for POOLE.Town FC. WOW.
Lets hope Poole Bourough Council, have the vision to take the town to new heights.
No personal dealings but know plenty who have been out of pocket because not been paid by him.
Some of us have morals. Some of us welcome people at all costs.
Pop along to the afcb new club shop built by Mitchell's cronies.
Have a look at the buckets on the floor and. Ask the staff how many leaks they have in the roof and if Mitchell knows about it and if he is coming back to fix them.
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: Talkingheader seams a sad old bitter man . some of you may have old business issues with Mr Mitchell,but keep them out of Poole Town FC.. The football club have some very clicky supporters who dont want the club to move forward . A lot of them are small business men with a axe to grind . I say to them .Get over it . We live in a free for all dog eat dog economy.SOME YOU WIN .SOME YOU LOOSE. As Vic Reeves has said .Eddie Mitchell is like a breath of fresh air. He will get the Stadium built. at the write location Bearwood was never going to happen for obvious reasons. Eddie Mitchell turned around AFCB. He has the ambition .The total commitment to his ventures.He will take them all on and get the job done. The best news for POOLE.Town FC. WOW. Lets hope Poole Bourough Council, have the vision to take the town to new heights.[/p][/quote]No personal dealings but know plenty who have been out of pocket because not been paid by him. Some of us have morals. Some of us welcome people at all costs. Pop along to the afcb new club shop built by Mitchell's cronies. Have a look at the buckets on the floor and. Ask the staff how many leaks they have in the roof and if Mitchell knows about it and if he is coming back to fix them. Talkingheadera

3:30pm Sat 21 Dec 13

wintonCheryl says...

Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??
Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre?? wintonCheryl

6:19pm Sat 21 Dec 13

gameon says...

wintonCheryl wrote:
Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??
The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££
[quote][p][bold]wintonCheryl[/bold] wrote: Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??[/p][/quote]The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££ gameon

7:55pm Sat 21 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

gameon wrote:
wintonCheryl wrote:
Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??
The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££
best rumour yet.
[quote][p][bold]gameon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wintonCheryl[/bold] wrote: Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??[/p][/quote]The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££[/p][/quote]best rumour yet. pete woodley

9:28pm Sat 21 Dec 13

afcdibby says...

Eddie Mitchell is ideal for PTFC. He can make this vision reality. Like him or loathe him, he makes things happen.
Eddie Mitchell is ideal for PTFC. He can make this vision reality. Like him or loathe him, he makes things happen. afcdibby

10:31am Sun 22 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

Let's hope he fixes the leaking roof at afcb first.
Still, we can always sue him and then he can go. Bankrupt again so won't have to pay.
Eight developments here they come
Let's hope he fixes the leaking roof at afcb first. Still, we can always sue him and then he can go. Bankrupt again so won't have to pay. Eight developments here they come Talkingheadera

12:45pm Sun 22 Dec 13

slepe12 says...

I don't know Mr Mitchell at all, but I do know the Board of Poole Town very well, and I think some of the posters don't give them enough credit for their good judgment in this matter. I am confident people like Chris Reeves would not enter into any arrangement, without first thoroughly evaluating the possible benefits for a club for which he has worked tirelessly for years. And that goes for all his colleagues on the board I'm sure. As a supporter I am happy to back the the proven good judgment of the current board.
I don't know Mr Mitchell at all, but I do know the Board of Poole Town very well, and I think some of the posters don't give them enough credit for their good judgment in this matter. I am confident people like Chris Reeves would not enter into any arrangement, without first thoroughly evaluating the possible benefits for a club for which he has worked tirelessly for years. And that goes for all his colleagues on the board I'm sure. As a supporter I am happy to back the the proven good judgment of the current board. slepe12

1:54pm Sun 22 Dec 13

canfordcherry says...

pete woodley wrote:
gameon wrote:
wintonCheryl wrote:
Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??
The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££
best rumour yet.
They cant build it there, the travellers wont have as much room when they invade next year, they have rights you know!
I'm all for filling the stinking cess pit that is Holes Bay by Asda and building it there. Station, dual carriage way, speed camera to catch away fans out.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gameon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wintonCheryl[/bold] wrote: Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??[/p][/quote]The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££[/p][/quote]best rumour yet.[/p][/quote]They cant build it there, the travellers wont have as much room when they invade next year, they have rights you know! I'm all for filling the stinking cess pit that is Holes Bay by Asda and building it there. Station, dual carriage way, speed camera to catch away fans out. canfordcherry

11:56am Mon 23 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

canfordcherry wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
gameon wrote:
wintonCheryl wrote:
Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??
The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££
best rumour yet.
They cant build it there, the travellers wont have as much room when they invade next year, they have rights you know!
I'm all for filling the stinking cess pit that is Holes Bay by Asda and building it there. Station, dual carriage way, speed camera to catch away fans out.
Actually not a bad idea,good roads to take traffic to and from,and nearby railway station,plus good drainage for pitch,and NO neighbours to upset,Baiter was reclaimed is Holes Bay possible,Wives could shop at Asda,etc.Overflow car park at creekmoor could be brought back into use ?.
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gameon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wintonCheryl[/bold] wrote: Where are they proposing to build it in Poole town centre??[/p][/quote]The latest from his cronies is baiter as he has one or two councillors in the old back pocket ££££££££££[/p][/quote]best rumour yet.[/p][/quote]They cant build it there, the travellers wont have as much room when they invade next year, they have rights you know! I'm all for filling the stinking cess pit that is Holes Bay by Asda and building it there. Station, dual carriage way, speed camera to catch away fans out.[/p][/quote]Actually not a bad idea,good roads to take traffic to and from,and nearby railway station,plus good drainage for pitch,and NO neighbours to upset,Baiter was reclaimed is Holes Bay possible,Wives could shop at Asda,etc.Overflow car park at creekmoor could be brought back into use ?. pete woodley

11:27am Tue 24 Dec 13

ging999 says...

I see that Mitchell The Joke is at it again.
I see that Mitchell The Joke is at it again. ging999

1:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Malcolm22 says...

I'm 71 yeas old this year. I've followed and supported both AFCB and PTFC all my life and apart from a number of great footballing moments along the way the best moment for me was the opening of the Fitness First Stadium. After years of the previous Dean Court Warehouse we had a stadium to feel good in. PTFC at Wimborne Road was terrible. PTFC in the School Yard marshes is marginally better. Watching PTFC at Holes Bay in the EM Dream Stadium has just joined my bucket list. Please make it happen EM. Preferably before my bucket gets kicked. COPT.
I'm 71 yeas old this year. I've followed and supported both AFCB and PTFC all my life and apart from a number of great footballing moments along the way the best moment for me was the opening of the Fitness First Stadium. After years of the previous Dean Court Warehouse we had a stadium to feel good in. PTFC at Wimborne Road was terrible. PTFC in the School Yard marshes is marginally better. Watching PTFC at Holes Bay in the EM Dream Stadium has just joined my bucket list. Please make it happen EM. Preferably before my bucket gets kicked. COPT. Malcolm22

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