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A Rush and a push and the land is ours

Filed: Monday, 30th November 2009
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have confirmed that work on the new training ground could start next year after the club submitted planning permission to Havering Council for a new state-of-the-art development.

As confirmed by CEO Scott Duxbury in the recent exclusive KUMB.com interview, the club purchased the land earlier this year with view to moving all first team training facilities from the current site at Chadwell Heath.

The Rush Green plans are split into two phases; the first being to renovate the existing Sports Club, install buildings for the groundsman and construct three training pitches, with the second phase to include the erection of a 'purpose built, state-of-the-art training, rehabilitation and media centre to replace the renovated Sports Club and four further training pitches.

Scott Duxbury, talking about the plans on whufc.com this lunchtime said: "This is a major step forward for the club as a new training ground with world-class facilities is fundamental to our vision for the next few years. Such a development can only aid Gianfranco, his staff and players in their bid to help the club achieve success.

"Chadwell Heath has been a fantastic home for many generations but I have been aware in recent years that it is no longer fit for our first-team aspirations. We have worked very hard to put this planning proposal together and I would like to add my thanks to Havering Council for their cooperation to date and in the future."

It is planned that Tony Carr's Youth Academy should remain at its historical Chadwell Heath base, whilst reserve team fixtures - currently played at Bishops Strortford - should eventually take place at Rush Green.

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by gary
03:29PM 3rd Dec 2009
''All this will be a non-issue if the club isn't eventually taken over and run properly. Training ground or not, all that will be breeded from that will be good young players avalible to sell on to other clubs, whilst all we get is maybe 5 or 6 million for the player and that will be wasted or used to pay off more debt.

We have been going round in circles for so many years now. The fans are the ones who suffer as always, a fine example is the price of the FA Cup 3rd round ticket. Because we're playing Arsenal, the price seems to have gone sky high. Had we been drawn against Scunthorpe or Barnet (no disrespect to those teams) the price would have been 10 to season ticket holders like always. It's just another way of exploiting our support and they know we will pay.

As for Ashton, we've been so long without him now it doesn't really matter anymore, he'll never be the same (if he doesn't retire) again. Now Cole is out for a few months too, what's going to happen in January? Will we buy? No, because all the money is either tied up in training ground facilities or being used to pay off debt. Unless the club begins to be run properly then I see nothing less then relegation this season - and then where's the money coming from when we get crowds of 20,000 and no Sky money?

I see your point though Dirk, as always we'll be the frustrated supporter for along time yet. Let's stuff Man Utd on Saturday and give us all something to smile about.''

by Dirk
02:12PM 2nd Dec 2009
''It's a simple case of aftermarket value Gary, a 15 million pound player, could be worthless next year (Ashton anyone?). a 15 million pound development could increase 10, 15, 25% in the same time span and when the club are owned as they are at the moment by faceless banking institution, desperate to claw back any of the money they lost in the Icelandic depression then that's all that we'll see.

Still, if we score 5 every week we'll be alright!''

by gary
08:20AM 1st Dec 2009
''It's all good and well having the best training facilities but if the money was avalible to do this then why is there no money avalible to buy decent players? No point having the best training facilities when you're in League One.

Maybe the priority is new players in January to secure our Premier League status, then concentrate on a multi-million pound training ground.''

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