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Ian Scobbie by Old Seadog User: Old Seadog

Posted: 5/11/2018 at 20:18:27, 181 views.

Ha ha apologies if this has been mentioned before but I have just seen that Ian Scobbie was appointed to the board of Hartlepool United due to his 30 years knowledge in sports related business
Wonder how long before they go bust then? 🤔

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Hope their by Chester Perry

Posted: 5/11/2018 at 21:47:39, 156 views. In reply to 'Ian Scobbie'

ground is not located on valuable land, mind you i can’t stand the monkey hangers

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Without meaning to cause debate…. by Patto_1989

Posted: 5/11/2018 at 23:34:29, 146 views. In reply to 'Ian Scobbie'

…was it not Scobbie who came up with the plans to originally sell the McCain, and then use the money generator for a new ground (similar in size and shape to FLS), and clear the clubs debts?

From my own understanding at the time, it was the council who blocked these plans to sell the ground, effectively killing the club, before waiting a number of years before lifting the covenant and selling on the land for a decent profit.

For all people might believe Scobbie was the ender of SFC, from seeing quite a bit behind the scenes at the time, he was actually a very intelligent man who worked hard to try and save the club.

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RE: Without meaning to cause debate…. by Seamer unreg

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 03:33:34, 141 views. In reply to 'Without meaning to cause debate….'

Wasn’t it GR who first came up with this idea. He wanted to build. new ground out by the tip but the council were having none of it.

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Scobbie’s plan … by Cynic Al

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 07:09:18, 128 views. In reply to 'Without meaning to cause debate….'

Was to build a ground on the industrial estate between Morrisons and Seamer Tip.

From my memory, some of the major obstacles at the time was that the plan was very last minute. No plans had been drawn up, no planning applications submitted, nothing was actually on the table. It was a ‘pie in the sky’ plan. The council didn’t really have a plan to block. The other major problem with the plan was that the ‘plan’ was not envisaged to be able to clear the debts that SFC still had.

The plan to sell the McCain Stadium site was first mooted by Geoffrey Richmond. He wanted to build a new stadium on what is now the Sainsbury’s site.

In my opinion, Ian Scobbie was not the reason the club went under, he just didn’t have the time/finances to save it.

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To add.. by snainton seadog User: snainton seadog

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 08:49:24, 101 views. In reply to 'Scobbie’s plan …'

The proposed stadium would have been the same specification as FLS (minus the sports village) - so 2,000 capacity and at Eastfield. Funds from the sale of the Athletic Ground would have repaid debts but not left enough for the build, and other funding wasn’t guaranteed. The council were asked to lift the covenant on a promise with no plans etc.

The financial collapse also came a few months after we went bust, which would certainly have hampered any ability to sell the land for anywhere near enough money.

-- UP THE BORO

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RE: Scobbie’s plan … by seadog365 User: seadog365

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 08:59:25, 113 views. In reply to 'Scobbie’s plan …'

Now that would have been a brilliant site. Even closer to home than the current one ;-)

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RE: Scobbie’s plan … by Tree User: Tree

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 19:16:38, 70 views. In reply to 'Scobbie’s plan …'

In my view it was little more than a last minute smokescreen. To little, too late. I agree that Scobbie wasn’t the reason the club went under, it was already holed under the waterline. That said, it would have been tough, but in the right hands, say a supporters’ trust, I still believe it could have been rescued.

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RE: Without meaning to cause debate…. by Dewsbury User: Dewsbury

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 09:18:16, 125 views. In reply to 'Without meaning to cause debate….'

The club would have gone bust regardless.

Simon Cope - Was Chair Of Something Some Time Ago

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Well that was disappointing…… by mrs trellis User: mrs trellis

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 12:58:29, 155 views. In reply to 'RE: Without meaning to cause debate….'

Best part of twelve years waiting for “the truth" to come out and that’s all there was.

So all those long running disparaging comments from Town fans were just unsubstantiated innuendo after all.

No wonder Malton decided not to make the film.

Not everyone can be this silly but it is nice to see so many trying.

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RE: Well that was disappointing…… by Tree User: Tree

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 19:17:42, 94 views. In reply to 'Well that was disappointing……'

I’d forgotten about that. Boy we’ve come a long way.

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RE: Well that was disappointing…… by Dewsbury User: Dewsbury

Posted: 7/11/2018 at 11:23:57, 68 views. In reply to 'Well that was disappointing……'

Just to add…

…the council’s primary duty was to ensure that the covenant on the Seamer Road site maintaining it as a sporting venue for the use of the town was either maintained, or “transferred" to another facility.

Simon Cope - Was Chair Of Something Some Time Ago

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RE: Ian Scobbie by Seamer unreg

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 09:26:47, 150 views. In reply to 'Ian Scobbie'

From Steve Adamsons “The Official History “. The big news of 1989 was the announcement by Geoffrey Richmond that the club was looking to sell the ground and move to a new site, possibly at Caytom Low Road, where a modern, purpose built stadium would be erected. A Hull based development company had agreed to pay £2.56 million for the McCain Stadium, for a supermarket site, and would build the club a new ground of planning permission was forthcoming.
There was much talk of a proposed sale of the McCain Stadium for a supermarket site,with Chairman Geoffrey Richmond now hoping to re-locate to Dunslow Road, close to the Eastfield Industrial Estate.
And the rest is history.

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wasnt it by Farsley Arkan User: Farsley Arkan

Posted: 6/11/2018 at 21:25:24, 114 views. In reply to 'RE: Ian Scobbie'

going to be an athletics stadium -type thing? a pitch within a running track with a big-ish main stand? Out by McCains/Cayton?

Or was that a different plan?

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RE: wasnt it by Old Seadog User: Old Seadog

Posted: 8/11/2018 at 11:14:55, 113 views. In reply to 'wasnt it'

Let’s hope any plans for Hartlepool are drawn up on more than the back of a fag packet then

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