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Owls Set For 'Imminent Investment'

Wednesday could be set for a 20 million investment in the club and big changes to Hillsborough stadium following Wednesdayite's annual general meeting (AGM) last night.

Owls chairman Lee Strafford was at the meeting, which showed fans plans to develop Hillsborough whether England wins the bid to host the 2018 World Cup or not.

And the presentation also indicated that the club were set for imminent investment of 20 million, with half expected to meet the costs of the ground development, and the remainder used to build the squad.

It left Wednesday fans leaving the meeting with a great sense of excitement and anticipation for what's sure to be a vital year in the club's future.

Stadium operations manager John Rutherford played a key part in the presentation, which was also shown to a delegation from England's 2018 World Cup bid recently.

The main changes included developing the West Stand to house a huge learning zone, while also filling in the corner ends at the West side of the stadium, adding extra boxes to the top of the North Stand, and building a huge building behind the North Stand to house 'one of the largest classroom in Europe'.

The aim was to make Hillsborough a focus point of the local community and to see it used on a daily basis rather than on matchdays only.

Rutherford said improvements to the ground could start as early as November, but no detailed time frame was released for the whole project.

As ever, further details surrounding any potential investment in the club are yet to be released, but the 'imminent investment' certainly seems to be a lot more certain than previous instances at S6.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 31 2009

Time: 11:59AM

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not sheard in disguise is it
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31/07/2009 12:03:00

Hold the excitement for now lads..... the words would, could & should don't guarantee anything. When the words like "is", "will" & "has" start being used, then I'll get excited.
US Owl
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31/07/2009 12:07:00

Exactly US. Obviously sounds like good news, but surely the club should know by now not to get the fans too excited, setting themselves up for another potential fall. Hopefully not!
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31/07/2009 12:10:00

this is for real this time, im sure strafford etc wouldnt want to let everyone down again he,ll no its close and thought hed let everyone no.
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31/07/2009 12:51:00

I'm quite naive, and was conseequently juped by the whole Geoff Sheard con. I'm always pessimistic with takeover talk since then but I must confess I do have legitimate confidence in Strafford who I genuinely believe is an awesome chairman. Time will tell I guess.
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31/07/2009 13:06:00

I may be a voice in the wilderness here, but if we have imminent investment, why are we considering putting this in to the ground. It is still one of the best stadiums in the championship and I would much prefer to see as much money as possible go in to the team. Of course, if England win the world cup bid, there may well be a sound reason for ground investment, but at present, i don't see it.
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31/07/2009 13:35:00

Please be true!!!
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31/07/2009 14:06:00

I hope its true but like many very sceptical after Mr Sheads 'takeover'!!!!
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31/07/2009 15:01:00

So the money will go to build one of the largest classrooms in Europe.I would prefer to build a team to get to the Premiership or am I missing something here.
Handsworth Owl
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31/07/2009 18:54:00

Now, now, don't wet your pants people, we've heard this before, let's wait and see what actually happens.
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31/07/2009 22:48:00

same old same old from a micky mouse skint chairman!! reminds me of del boy trotter in every way.
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31/07/2009 23:59:00

i love how this cums from the boy whos club cnt keep there best players and messes up every big chance they get (play-offs) youve sold youre prize players but still sit here gloating when u seriously have nothing going for u. U missed ure one n probly only chance in many years to go up. youre chairman is now more intrested in making money through random *****ty countries than making you money, hope you enjoyed your year in the big time and your few years as the citys best team but youll never be the big club. im out in greece for 3 month n wenever people ask me where im from, i say near sheffield, and nigh on everyone says OH SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, and most say we hate sheff utd, ***** warnock n ***** there crying over tevez. ull never be the big brother, no matter how much u preach. OLE OLE OLE OLE' TUDGAY' TUDGAY
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01/08/2009 00:51:00

ha ha missing how many games then smiggy piggy?? just as i imagined full on prize partimer that just likes to talk absolute garbage - you keep on kidding yourself sunshine!!!!
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01/08/2009 03:03:00

Big class room !!! WTF ger pillars removed from the Eastbank
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01/08/2009 07:54:00

Got rid of your season ticket yet pfl boy?
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01/08/2009 11:29:00

Not got a life yet pfl boy?
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01/08/2009 11:34:00

mate im banned so dont make a difference what country im in, still cant go (still do though)
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01/08/2009 12:34:00

Even PFL's crap is getting weaker..... can't argue any valid point so has to try and have personal attacks on people...... not surprising with the *****-poor team he supports.
US Owl
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01/08/2009 12:36:00


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