A variety of subject covered
This evening the Cheltenham Town Board took part in a Q&A with shareholders and fans in the club bar. We've put together some of the key talking points:
On the proposed land swap:
Paul Baker - "This is down to the council. They are weighing up the financial options, hopefully we will know more in the next couple of months."
Regarding the pitch and the scoreboard:
Paul Godfrey - "As always, we will be completely re-laying the pitch in the summer. We're working with a new company who have worked with West Brom and other top clubs. They use new techniques so hopefully we will see far better performance next year.
Clive Gowing - "The scoreboard will be going up in the summer, the construction work won't effect the work on the pitch."
On the possibility of building a new stand:
Paul Baker - "If everything is completed with the council, we can start looking at this. To have any chance of it being completed, we need a business partner to help with the building and maintaince costs. We need to build a taller stand with a floor purely that we can let out, just like Leyton Orient have done."
Regarding questions of the club's "5-year plan" and future:
Paul Baker - "It's impossible to create a plan becuase in football, you never know what league you will be in. Our aims are to; Be sustainable, maintain our EFL status and grow year-on-year. The size of our fan base holds us back, our current attendances suggest we are where we should be".
Clive Gowing - "Our future is completely results dependant, we need to look at ways to improve off the field. We are doing well commercially but we need to look at other ways to grow. We are already in the process of assessing our current ticket provider with the thought of possibly changing things."
On Cup competitions:
Paul Godfrey - "The Checkatrade Trophy has financially, been very beneficial for us this year. It would be interesting to know what fans think of it." If you would like to contact Paul, you can do so via firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Baker on his future with the club - "Nothing lasts forever. I have absolutely loved my 20 years with the club but we are always looking for fresh ideas and energy on the board." We will have more on this next week.