Report on Paulton meeting

January 1, 2000

THE door is not closed on Lewis Haldane, Paul Trollope revealed to fans at the latest Open Forum in Paulton Rovers clubhouse last night. Trollope said: “Haldane could come back. We will see how he does at Oxford, I hope he can produce a better end product.”

The Rovers coach didn’t flinch from a series of questions put by fans in another entertaining Open Forum staged by the Supporters Club. He spoke of his enthusiasm for new signing Duffy and how “he can get across defenders and is clever in the box.”

Trollope denied he was looking for another striker because Ricky Lambert had yet to sign a new contract. “I always want four strikers and some youngsters coming through,” said Trollope. “Ricky has had a good six months and his agent feels he is in a good position. We will have to see what happens.”

It was also revealed last night that Rovers hope to wear the Black Arab kit in a league game close to the club’s 125th anniversary later this year.

And vice-chairman Nick Higgs told the audience that the club had a short list of student accommodation providers for the new stadium and would be going out to tender in a few weeks time. Mr Higgs said: “We are not going to change the design of the stadium and we have nearly got a contractor on board. “The stadium is the most complicated deal I have ever worked on. All the leases on the hotel, retail, office space and sports injuries have to be back to back.”

The next Open Forum, which is open to all fans, will be at Slimbridge Football Club  on Friday night (7.30pm).

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