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    Sadly, in the South East, every football club, whether professional, semi-professional or amateur, is going to be seriously targeted by property developers.

    Best recourse IMHO should always be for the club under threat to form a Supporters Trust earlydoors and get the ground listed as an Asset Of Community Value.

    http://mycommunity.org.uk/case_study...munity-assets/

    Worked pretty well for Lewes FC a few years back, if memory serves. All that 'Sporting Hub' BS was swiftly put to bed.
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      Smells to me that Hearn has an asset stripping plan.
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      Smells to me that Hearn has an asset stripping plan.
      He is nothing to do with Orient now
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      He is nothing to do with Orient now
      He owns the ground, I think that is highly significant.
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      5.5m ....or half of Matt Ritchie ... something's very wrong with our game ....
      itchie? There's no denying Orient's chairman has been guilty of rash behaviour.

      The Olympic Stadium shambles just keeps on giving....
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      He owns the ground, I think that is highly significant.
      It's the ONLY thing that is significant.
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      It's the ONLY thing that is significant.
      And if the football club does go out of business? A prime bit of land for sale? Who gets paid for it? Hmmm could that be Hearn?
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      itchie? There's no denying Orient's chairman has been guilty of rash behaviour.

      The Olympic Stadium shambles just keeps on giving....
      What do you mean shambles? It's just been nominated for best new stadium of the year - one of the criteria being 'relations with surroundings'

      http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...-a7604576.html
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      And if the football club does go out of business? A prime bit of land for sale? Who gets paid for it? Hmmm could that be Hearn?
      Um, I was actually agreeing with you. To shrewdies like Hearn, the football club is doubtless neither here nor there. Shocking state of affairs but every single ground in the South East is under similar threat. These sharks are all thinking: why have a valuable site for prime real estate that is used less than 20 times a season when you could have a shitty block of shoddily-built profit-generating flats there instead?
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      Funny how all the money in English football has attracted so many overseas "investors" (I use that term loosely in some cases). It's clear that our country's teams are often viewed by outsiders looking in as an easy way to get rich, ignoring the fact that most clubs, certainly in the Football League, make a loss every month. I can't see any other reason why a bunch of Italians would, with the greatest of respect, be interested in a club like Leyton Orient.

      Notts County had that bizarre overseas consortium buy them at one stage, with disastrous consequences, Blackpool were owned for a time by a Latvian guy, you've got Demin ploughing his honestly earned money into Bournemouth when they were in the FL. Charlton's Belgian owners, Derby have American owners now, Forest fans are trying to get rid of Fawaz (the Kuwaiti guy), Cardiff have had all manner of issues with Vincent Tan, then there's the infamous Venkys at Blackburn: no doubt there are plenty more.

      Does this ever end well? I suppose Bournemouth will argue that it has done for them, but I'm still convinced that something dodgy will come out of that particular situation in the end, and it may well all come crashing down around them.
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