Poole Stadium: 'Shocked' speedway boss Ford remains confident over future

Bournemouth Echo: CONFIDENT: Poole Pirates chief Matt Ford CONFIDENT: Poole Pirates chief Matt Ford

PIRATES chief Matt Ford has moved to reassure fans that speedway will remain at Wimborne Road for years to come.

Stadium operators Stadia UK yesterday revealed it was in talks regarding the feasibility of building a multi-purpose facility that would provide a home for Poole Town, Pirates and greyhound racing.

Former Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell, who acquired a two-year majority share option in the non-league football club in December, has been heavily involved in finding Dolphins a new home.

It has now emerged that they could return to the stadium they were kicked out of 20 years ago.

However, Poole promoter Ford has moved to quell fears of Pirates fans that this could cast doubt over the future of the reigning Elite League champions.

He told the Daily Echo: “I have to confess I have been rather shocked by this statement from the stadium – it’s come right out of the blue.

“I had no knowledge.

“But if there is an opportunity to improve the stadium facilities then I will be absolutely thrilled.

“We will monitor the ongoing dialogue and I will be delighted to embrace anything that can make Poole Stadium better.

“I will reiterate that the speedway will continue to run from March to October and we look forward to going out on track next month as the reigning Elite League champions.”

Ford added that it was his firm belief that speedway would continue to thrive in Poole.

He said: “I felt it only right to make it clear to all Pirates devotees and speedway fans in general that Poole Speedway is here for the long haul.

“We have just committed to a five-year contract with Sky Sports and we intend to honour that commitment.

“Bikes have roared around Wimborne Road since 1948 and they will still be enthralling Dorset speedway fans in the long term.

“Last year alone, Poole Pirates were shown on over 80 hours of TV time on Sky Sports. This year will be no different.

“The fact we help enhance Poole tourism and can bring national titles to the town for me is a lifetime achievement fulfilled.

“If this is an opportunity to make the stadium better or help the town, then I think it’s something we should all be extremely positive about.”

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9:16am Wed 26 Feb 14

susi.m says...

Be careful Matt. And never trust a Mitchell
Be careful Matt. And never trust a Mitchell susi.m
  • Score: 3

10:20am Wed 26 Feb 14

N Smith says...

Surely the only way football and speedway can share the staduim is with a artificial pitch being installed.
Surely the only way football and speedway can share the staduim is with a artificial pitch being installed. N Smith
  • Score: -5

10:35am Wed 26 Feb 14

loco12 says...

If Poole town fc are looking for league status there's not enough room for a pitch on the center green, meaning the speedway track would have to be moved outwards. That in turn would mean the dog track would have to go unless the main grandstand was demolished and moved back at least ten metres.

No way should the speedway track be compromised in width. It's the main sport in the town and has far more fans.

So Eddie Mitchell wants to rebuild the stadium? Let him but it seems false economy for the 300 fans that turn up to support their team. Where's he going to get his money back from?
If Poole town fc are looking for league status there's not enough room for a pitch on the center green, meaning the speedway track would have to be moved outwards. That in turn would mean the dog track would have to go unless the main grandstand was demolished and moved back at least ten metres. No way should the speedway track be compromised in width. It's the main sport in the town and has far more fans. So Eddie Mitchell wants to rebuild the stadium? Let him but it seems false economy for the 300 fans that turn up to support their team. Where's he going to get his money back from? loco12
  • Score: 4

2:23pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mark.s says...

Ford and Mitchell are both ex AFC Bournemouth board members. You'd think they'd communicate a bit.
Ford and Mitchell are both ex AFC Bournemouth board members. You'd think they'd communicate a bit. mark.s
  • Score: -2

8:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

cromwell9 says...

Stadia UK, have recently closed 4 greyhound tracks,
So to them closing another one would not bother them ,if a viable alternative was put in its place ,
As regards only 300 people supporting PTFC,YOu will be pleased to know that figure could easy jump to the thousands,as the club progress up the leagues,
Yes Poole SPeedway is a huge asset to the town ,so is Poole Town FC
Good luck to them, in there quest to return to their Football home.
Stadia UK, have recently closed 4 greyhound tracks, So to them closing another one would not bother them ,if a viable alternative was put in its place , As regards only 300 people supporting PTFC,YOu will be pleased to know that figure could easy jump to the thousands,as the club progress up the leagues, Yes Poole SPeedway is a huge asset to the town ,so is Poole Town FC Good luck to them, in there quest to return to their Football home. cromwell9
  • Score: 3

8:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

matt68 says...

loco12 wrote:
If Poole town fc are looking for league status there's not enough room for a pitch on the center green, meaning the speedway track would have to be moved outwards. That in turn would mean the dog track would have to go unless the main grandstand was demolished and moved back at least ten metres.

No way should the speedway track be compromised in width. It's the main sport in the town and has far more fans.

So Eddie Mitchell wants to rebuild the stadium? Let him but it seems false economy for the 300 fans that turn up to support their team. Where's he going to get his money back from?
i do not think ptfc are looking for league status the best they could do is conference and that will take a good few years as for 300 fans they had over 900 for staines game this season and 1300 for weymouth,if they go up to conference south and have a decent ground and facilities they will get far more than 300, also football is the national game and the potential is there
[quote][p][bold]loco12[/bold] wrote: If Poole town fc are looking for league status there's not enough room for a pitch on the center green, meaning the speedway track would have to be moved outwards. That in turn would mean the dog track would have to go unless the main grandstand was demolished and moved back at least ten metres. No way should the speedway track be compromised in width. It's the main sport in the town and has far more fans. So Eddie Mitchell wants to rebuild the stadium? Let him but it seems false economy for the 300 fans that turn up to support their team. Where's he going to get his money back from?[/p][/quote]i do not think ptfc are looking for league status the best they could do is conference and that will take a good few years as for 300 fans they had over 900 for staines game this season and 1300 for weymouth,if they go up to conference south and have a decent ground and facilities they will get far more than 300, also football is the national game and the potential is there matt68
  • Score: 4

9:43pm Wed 26 Feb 14

gameon says...

loco12 wrote:
If Poole town fc are looking for league status there's not enough room for a pitch on the center green, meaning the speedway track would have to be moved outwards. That in turn would mean the dog track would have to go unless the main grandstand was demolished and moved back at least ten metres. No way should the speedway track be compromised in width. It's the main sport in the town and has far more fans. So Eddie Mitchell wants to rebuild the stadium? Let him but it seems false economy for the 300 fans that turn up to support their team. Where's he going to get his money back from?
Since when did Mitchell use his own money for any of his schemes .
[quote][p][bold]loco12[/bold] wrote: If Poole town fc are looking for league status there's not enough room for a pitch on the center green, meaning the speedway track would have to be moved outwards. That in turn would mean the dog track would have to go unless the main grandstand was demolished and moved back at least ten metres. No way should the speedway track be compromised in width. It's the main sport in the town and has far more fans. So Eddie Mitchell wants to rebuild the stadium? Let him but it seems false economy for the 300 fans that turn up to support their team. Where's he going to get his money back from?[/p][/quote]Since when did Mitchell use his own money for any of his schemes . gameon
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

RivermeadMike says...

What is the problem? Poole Stadium used to house Poole Town, Poole Pirates and greyhound racing quite successfully.

I can recall the time 9,000 people watch Poole Town play Watford in the FA Cup in the 60's. Poole Pirates never came close in crowd size .

If the stadium was fit for purpose then it should be fit for purpose now!
What is the problem? Poole Stadium used to house Poole Town, Poole Pirates and greyhound racing quite successfully. I can recall the time 9,000 people watch Poole Town play Watford in the FA Cup in the 60's. Poole Pirates never came close in crowd size . If the stadium was fit for purpose then it should be fit for purpose now! RivermeadMike
  • Score: 1

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