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Re: Stadium Fund

By Paddy (Paddy1)20/6 09:30Mon Jun 20 09:30:55 2022In response to Re: Stadium Fund

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As the person who made the comment about 'doing a Wimbledon' (& not for the first time) I don't think the Athletics Track theory could be considered a true 'doing a Wimbledon'.

Moving into someone else's gaff is about the only similarity & only a small part of what I personally consider to be 'doing a Wimbledon'. Maybe it's Wimbledon-lite but we won't be in direct competition with another entity in the same sport, starving the smaller entity of future support, the better youth prospects locally etc. There would not even be any competition in marketing.

Where with AFCW/K's this was all the case, a K's/Athletics combo could theoretically provide each other party with more support not less because there will be more K's fans interested in Athletics then there is K's fans interesred in watching AFCW & presumably the reverse would also be true. We won't be poaching future Javalin olympians & turning them into Kingstonian youth footballers either. Plus when all is said & done we wouldn't be planning to move elsewhere in a decade or so & sell the site to any questionable people either (questionable as in Chelsea, not as in woman's football).

I don't think the morality issue here is as problematic as it would be to mooch in on another football club in the Borough who's supporters (hands down most important aspect of any football club) might not want us anywhere near their patch. Or i would say even as problematic as building somewhere in Chessington where all but one local resident is by all accounts not exactly enthralled with the idea of development & a football team on their doorsteps.

But I do appreciate football & morality are not exactly the most important duo to the majority in this modern era of Qatar world cups & such.

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