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Owls Set For 'Imminent Investment'

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
Date:Friday July 31 2009
Time: 11:59AM

Comments

0
not sheard in disguise is it
mick66owl
31/07/2009 12:03:00
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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
31/07/2009 12:07:00
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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!
nickswfc
31/07/2009 12:10:00
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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.
owl83
31/07/2009 12:51:00
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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.
GameBurton07
31/07/2009 13:06:00
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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.
dobby1
31/07/2009 13:35:00
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Please be true!!!
Danigol_10_SWFC
31/07/2009 14:06:00
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I hope its true but like many very sceptical after Mr Sheads 'takeover'!!!!
Bognor_Owl
31/07/2009 15:01:00
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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
31/07/2009 18:54:00
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Now, now, don't wet your pants people, we've heard this before, let's wait and see what actually happens.
RatherRandomOwl
31/07/2009 22:48:00
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