i agree with you there phil, but i am afraid to say i dont think the owners have the funds to build a new ground otherwise they would have done a long time ago, the best bet for the time being in my opinion is to hope we can play longer at the willows (maybe agree a 5 year lease with godliman watson homes the owners) to give our owners more time to come up with the funds for a new ground, even then i dont hold out much hope on a new ground but i really do wish it happens.
maybe we should have a club thats run similar to fc united where the fans own [it 2000 swinton fans to stump up 1000quid each thats 2 million quid build a new ground for 1.5million pay the clubs debts off and start afresh ( i really should stop dreaming about positive things
) mind you have we got 2000 fans left
on a more positive note i would like to wish every swinton rlfc fan and all other rugby league fans (apart from the pinks) (well maybe even the pinks too) around the world a very happy christmas and a very happy new year too
Whilst private funding paid for virtually all the first generation of rugby league grounds, private funding of a modern standard stadia is a very rare thing nowadays Julian (of all the new generation of grounds only the DW had its costs met out of the pocket of the then club owner), and there is no feasible way its going to be the answer for Swinton Lions.
But if you take a look at the KC Stadium, New Craven Park, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Halton Stadium, City of Salford Stadium, Leigh Sports Village, St Helens's new ground, South Leeds Stadium, etc etc - none were funded privately and plentiful experience is out there of alternative approaches to funding.
In these modern times, cross subsidising development, council funding and grant monies is the way to go! Which is why it is fundamentally important for the club to be run with this agenda in mind - recognising the need to deliver value for third party organisations that may be able to help financially.
Rugby League - great game, shame about the administration.