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What is it with Scally/Gillingham/Gravesham?
Why does he think that they need a 25,000 capacity stadium? They struggle by with 8,000 now, which would surely reduce if they moved away from their natural fan base. This will struggle even more if (when?) they get relegated (missed it by skin of their teeth last season)
Yes, Priestfield is a toilet, and deserved to win 'Worst Ground in Country', but I cannot see how Gillingham (as a football club) benefit from this. I am sure that Scally and other investers would benefit, and maybe thats the point behind this! And what is the benefit to Gravesham Council? Being involved with someone like that cant be good for the image of the council/councillors...?!?

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I personally think that Scally is simply using Gillingham Football Club as a way of creating the North Kent equivalent of Chelsea Village.

He sees an opportunity for building a business empire on the back of the club and once he gets that then he won't give a s**t about the club.

What concerns me most is the way that Gravesham Council appear to be right behind him. Maybe they ought to be looking at what they can do to support the club that is already in the Borough before leaping into bed with a toerag like Scally. Or have brown envelopes been involved in the negotiations?

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How can you put Scally in the same league as Bates?

Bates was a genious bought Chelsea for a quid and look at how far he took them/us. He then sold us for a profit of 17,000,000.00 (okay 16,999,999,00 for all you purists). Not only that he built a hotel in the only part of the ground you could expand and has kept the top penthouse for himself. Now if Abramovich wants to expand the Shed the he'll either have to wait for the 125 year leece to end or buy it off of him for at least double what he gave Bates in the first place.

Another option is of course moving Chelsea to another part of the country (Guildford has been suggested in some parts) but even if that happens Abramovich won't be able to turn the Bridge into a shopping centre. The East Stand is a registered building (as is Arsenals main stand) and so therefor can't be knocked down.

Also Bates set up Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) whcih means fans of the club could buy shares in the pitch like a business on the stock market if Abramovich wants to do anything with that pitch he'll have to buy out CPO (Giving Bates more money) and also Bates' penthouse and he still won't be able to do anything with the East Stand.

My Guess is Chelsea will move to Guildford Bates will buy either Fulham or QPR (the Club he supported as a boy) and move one of them to the Bridge and do it all over again.

Scally could not have the vision to pull of something like this....

Sorry about such a long rant but to mention Scally and Bates in the same breath is mind boggling.

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The other difference is that Bates is honest!!

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Bates is like Marmite - you either like him or hate him.

PS - Bates & Scally are both scum of the earth.

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I didn't read the article in the Distorter so forgive me if I'm repeating old news but my very reliable council source informs me a site in Ebbsfleet has already been signed, sealed and delivered, so to speak. This is a mile from our ground. If true, are we going to do anything about it? If we don't, could we be waving goodbye to Gravesend & Northfleet FC?

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The trouble is, money speaks. (Remainder of libelous text deleted)

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Be good to find out who the councillors responsible are... then get the drum and 400 Fleet fans to follow them whenever they're campaigning for votes...!

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Unless it's round my way...

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Seriously, a banner at the home end down the fleet and maybe get the ball rolling into a full scale we hate/sod off Scally campaign!!

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Just keep Bates away from Hillsborough !!!!

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Nothing much I can do mate, but I think he will do what. I said the guy has his critics but he would love to do the same thing again. If he does buy anyone they can't expect to see any match reports in the mirror as he band them all from the bridge and they weren't reinstated until Abramomvich came in.

As foir the marmite coment yeah I know what you mean but sometimes I wake up in the morning and think god I hate that man but them sometimes I wake and think god what a genious and Chelsea football club would not be there if he hadn't have came in.

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The trouble is, money speaks. (Remainder of libelous text deleted)

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No problem Gary, but it's the Admins that they can come after and I don't like the idea of prison food. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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Very interesting indeed, you people that live in Gravesham will get your chance at the elections but if it is signed i'm afraid it is to late, perhaps it is time for Gills fans to join in they do not want this either, but what can we do money talks money wins.

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Well, bearing in mind Gills lost yet again tonight (2-1 against Millwall) their position at the foot of the table is well and truly cemented. Whilst I personally have nothing against the club itself or, indeed, the supporters, long may their woeful string of results continue, hopefully well into next season in League One as well. Surely Gravesham Council would then realise a massive stadium for a club that doesn't belong in the area, playing in a lower division and attracting 3,000 supporters isn't going to work. Or then again.....

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I didn't read the article in the Distorter so forgive me if I'm repeating old news but my very reliable council source informs me a site in Ebbsfleet has already been signed, sealed and delivered, so to speak.


Funnily enough, I heard the same rumour tonight. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" />

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Well, bearing in mind Gills lost yet again tonight (2-1 against Millwall)


Lost again? Oh, I missed that... another defeat, what a shame.

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I can't help feeling that if Scally comes to Gravesham it will be about money not football, so whether the Gills get relegated or not will have no effect on the move whatsoever.
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Remember of course that any drum type action would have to be when Charlton aren't playing. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/shrug.gif" alt="" />




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