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The planned capacity, based on what Dr Koukash and Martin Vickers said during the same meeting, is 3,000.
Personally I feel that's a bit on the small side and it would be better to aim for 5,000. However a capacity limited to 3,000 definitely implies the ground will be too small to host Salford matches in Super League.
If I remember correctly, the minimum standard for SL is 8,000. Besides which Salford's gates this season have been hitting arounrd the 7k,000 mark. Dr Koukash wouldn't want to turn 4,000 paying customers away!
What is more likely is the stadium being used for lower tier things, like Salford academy matches and some training. We then enter into the realms of how far that type of thing can go before it starts to undermine the unique identity of Swinton Lions.
However the priority has to be to get the bricks and mortar in place - hopefully to a standard that means it will be around long after Dr Koukash's involvement. Once the ground is actually there, the rest is a changeable feast.
Dewsbury's ground capacity is about 3,500 and is a nice sized stadium for clubs at our level. The main thing is, that if it should initially be limited to 3,000, there should be adequate provisions for enlargement should circumstances dictate.
I think we need to think of imaginative ideas to attract new fans and encourage ex-fans to return. How can we encourage more families to attend?
The root cause of this is the club's diabolical failure to ensure that it retained its relationship with the S & P community at large.
This can only be addressed in a big way by reversing the process. After all, 22 years is a VERY long period of time in this situation. Probably the main way (if not the ONLY way) is to get the new local stadium up and running in the shortest possible time whilst simultaneously blowing the club's trumpet at full blast 24/7. Only then, perhaps, the descendants of former fans may come and have a look at us.
I caught a bloke in tesco Walkden today reading about the lions in league express
I asked him if he still goes....he said he hadn't been since station rd.
After a good chat
he assures me he will give it a go on Sunday with his wife
Two more through the gate
Well done Mark with the sales patter, you'll have to shop at Tesco in Walkden more often - 'Every little helps'
Point is, is it time to get the banners and placards out, picket the town hall and at least vent our valid feelings towards those who should now be finally backing the club after idly watching from the sidelines as we drifted in the wilderness for more than two decades? After all, didn't the pinks' fans do much the same when they were pursuing their move to Barton some years back? I for one am sick of waiting and I suspect most other fans are too. We MUST do SOMETHING. We've all written our letters to certain councillors, some of which were never even acknowledged.
If any elements of Salford Council are reading this, may I politely suggest you finally GET YOUR FINGERS OUT and do the right thing for once in your lives, or God help you and the rest of us.
At this stage there is no reason to assume Dr Koukash is no longer interested. His proposed take-over, by his own admission, was always conditional on the Council's approval of his town centre development plans.
At the 16th January meeting at Swinton Legion, Dr K said they expected a response from the council sometime the following week. With apparently no communication between the parties involved, my assumption (and hope) is that the Koukash camp were being a bit too optimistic expecting word so soon from the men-in-suits at the town hall. It's just a pity they (SCC) can't be given a bit of a nudge or even a swift well-aimed kick up the you-know-where.
The MAIN thing we need to be delivered by the mayor and his council chums is the FULL GREEN LIGHTASAP to the Koukash proposals involving a stadium in the town centre (Ambrose Barlow sports field, Stanwell Road).
As Steve Wild, one of the Trust's 'Three Wise Men', said, the time for ‘pussyfooting around’ is over after nearly 22 very long, exasperating years. Time indeed to finally get the show-on-the-road by getting the whole process fast-tracked by all and every means at our disposal. The faster the better in my view, it can't come too soon.