Chairman John Radford confirmed last night that the club have had to invest £148,000 towards ground improvements, in order for us to be eligible for the Football League.
Included within the cost of these improvements, which are being carried out at One Call Stadium throughout this summer, are brand new floodlights and new dressing rooms.
However, the Bishop Street Stand will stay as it is for the forthcoming campaign, with money instead being spent on other resources - including new training facilities.
Our supremo, whose investment has been pivotal in recent years, discussed a wide variety of other matters at a Fans' Forum which lasted for approximately two hours.
Mr Radford was joined by James Beachill (Financial Director), Paul & Tina Broughton (Joint Operations Directors), Steve Middleton (Director) and Darren Shaw (Non-Executive Director) on the top table.
The other key points emerging from the Fans' Forum were as follows:
- In addition to the state-of-the-art One Call Sports Hall, the Club have purchased land for a new facility in Pleasley. Our previous training facility at Spider Park will no longer be used.
- Renovating the Bishop Street Stand would cost approximately £1,000 per seat, according to Joint Operations Director Tina Broughton.
- John Radford would love to see the North Stand used by home supporters, but conceded this is not possible at present.
- Our chairman will also meet behind-closed-doors with former directors Andy Saunders and Steve Hymas next week, to “build bridges”.
- Our next home shirt, which is due to be released in the coming days, will have a life-span of two seasons.