THE QUADRANT: Chairman says new ground is his ‘exit strategy’

An artist's impression of Boston United's planned ground
An artist's impression of Boston United's planned ground

David Newton says he dreams of seeing Boston United competing in the Football League again - but admits he may not be the club’s chairman when that happens.

The Pilgrims unveiled plans for their new 4,300-capacity stadium on Thursday, which they hope can generate the finances to aid a climb the footballing ladder.

David Newton and Neil Kempster.

David Newton and Neil Kempster.

Newton wants to have the new stadium up and running within four years, by the time the lease on the current York Street ground comes to an end.

And by then he believes the club can become sustainable enough for him, and vice chairman Neil Kempster, to take a step back.

When asked how he’d like to watch football played for the first time in the proposed new stadium, Newton said: “I’d be sat with the fans, not as chairman, enjoying the football hopefully.

“Cut me open and I’m Boston through and through, but this is an exit strategy as well.

“I’m not going to be here forever, it’s draining on you, all chairmen will tell you that.

“What we want to do is see it through, make sure it’s up and running properly, and that’s the time we want to get out.”

Newton believes the new housing and retail development built around the proposed new ground, call The Quadrant, will help fund the £5.5m stadium, along with grants of up to £2m.

It is expected the stadium itself can generate additional revenue through the hiring out of function rooms, bars and a sportshall.

“What we want to do is set things up properly, that’s the key,” Newton added.

“We need to make sure the infrastructure’s right so that if we do walk away then we know it’s all set up properly and nobody could mess it up like they did before.”

Plans show a stadium fit for Skrill Premier purpose and – with additional seating – able to be accepted into the Football League, were the Pilgrims to earn a place.

Newton added: “It would be great to be back in the league.

“That’s a big ask at the moment, but clubs who have invested in a new ground tend to do well.

“Look at Burton. And Fleetwood have invested heavily.

“When I took over I said I wanted the club to be at the heart of the community, debt free and successful on the pitch. Nothing has changed.”