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  1. Nor would I. She charges extra for that
    4 points
  2. Bonus points for Wael Of Fortune!
    4 points
  3. I don't want to quote all of @Kid in the Riotsaid excellent post, but it does help me understand why Wael of fortune (as no one is calling him) thought he could raise investment in a league one ground. The student accommodation partners would have potentially easier to find, however I am sure the stumbling block is that, if the rest of the project stalls, so does the accommodation. Any wise investors would spot that flaw straight away.
    3 points
  4. Managed to sneak into the Mem Stad and take a few pictures. We may mock but they're starting to get their shit together... Home end. Away end. Directors box. Corporate hospitality. Even provision for those locked out. # Tick tock...
    3 points
  5. Here's what basically happened: - In the last 12 months or so of Higgs' reign at Rovers the club looked at ways they could make UWE happen. These included plans/inquiries in regard to providing residential accommodation at both the UWE site and at the Mem in order to make the scheme viable. Problem is partners were needed for these schemes, so they were far from straightforward and the value of the Mem for residential was considerably less than what Sainsbury's were willing to pay. It is my impression that once these options were exhausted Higgs decision was made to sell up and he was looking for a buyer months before Wael eventually came in. - I do not know how Higgs sold the UWE project to Wael, though I expect a rather more positive spin was put on it than should've been. Remember the appeal to the courts was still being processed at this time. How much Higgs divulged in terms of the fact they had already looked at pretty much all possibilities of making it happen I don't know. But anyway, what is clear is that Wael soon found out there was a rather large hole in the funding of the project and instead of saying "no problem guys, I've got this!" he went on a number of business trips (like going to watch his beloved Chelsea!) to see if he could find OTHER PEOPLE willing to invest in the project and basically pick up the tab left by Sainsbury's deserting the project. Amazingly, there were no takers. Now, I have been out of the loop for sometime so don't know what the absolute latest is but the long and short of it appears to be that unless Wael (or his family or whatever) are willing to dip into their pockets to the tune of £20m-odd then it simply won't be going ahead. I have heard some say that UWE may help contribute to the costs for some kind of benefit - NOT going to happen! UWE already have the naming rights for the lifespan of the stadium AND are gifting Rovers the land! What else could this project possibly offer them? Despite being a charity UWE are a shrewd operator when it comes to making money and they ain't gonna piss money away just to help Rovers out. I suspect Rovers could start the build before next January if they really wanted to but likelihood of it happening is slim to nothing as far as I'm concerned. Have heard NOTHING to suggest it's going ahead. Either way they'll simply have to make an announcement by September I'd say. Will be interesting. If Wael isn't going to fund UWE, you have to wonder what he is willing to fund as a new site is going to cost a lot more than UWE and a redevelopment of the Mem similarly very pricey - must be looking at £20m ish and it's heavily constrained in planning terms. They're looking at 18k capacity max there.
    2 points
  6. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak to the Bristol Post and remove all doubt"
    2 points
  7. Apparently they have a Top 6 budget. Surely they would need to know the budgets of the other clubs to make that claim, unless top 6 means 'we can blame missing out on players on bei g outbid'
    1 point
  8. Camera Obscura - Enigma
    1 point
  9. It's a Mysterwy - TOYah Willcox
    1 point
  10. It's worth remembering actually that the scheme to redevelop the Mem relied on student accommodation being provided on-site, which is no longer required.
    1 point
  11. Nicks hunt for the spawning ground of the plastic chair leads him to wild scrub land on the outskirts of Bristol. "The chairs will be mine" he said, with a sinister laugh"
    1 point
  12. Sorry but I'm on a roll - Home end. Away end. Bell end...
    1 point
  13. They can always apply to rent Wembley after Spurs have finished with it !!
    1 point
  14. Have they already outgrown that one they were singing about at Ashton Gate 4 years ago...??
    1 point
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