CEO Dave Baldwin has been a busy man in the past few monthsGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor.
Throughout the season, I will be supplementing the Chairman’s Boardroom comments to keep supporters fully updated on the many things that take up our time.
The main ones at present are the developments you will have read about at Gawthorpe and seen with your own eyes here at Turf Moor, with the new office build.
We are particularly pleased to have moved the plans for Gawthorpe through the planning system and, after the process received a Government green light, the next stage is to determine a start date soon when we can start putting shovels in the ground.
At present, we anticipate that will be sometime in October.
However, there are already major improvements at the training ground that Sean and the players are enjoying.
The ongoing pitch renovations mean there are now three full size pitches to use on a rotational basis, with four more to come over the coming months.
The ambition plans to house everyone in a new, dedicated building will be the next phase and it will be particularly rewarding to see a new hub housing an indoor facility springing up from what is currently little more than scrubland.
Here at Turf Moor, meanwhile, work goes on apace to complete the new offices in the Bob Lord Stand to house all club staff. We are on course for an October completion, at which point we will look to bring all departments under one roof for the first time to help improve internal and external communications and hopefully serve supporters better.
At that point, we can then move onto phase two of the build, which is to replace the existing block with a new Clarets Store and ticket office.
Eventually, the two separate builds will join and we will then be able to provide you, the supporter, with greatly improved retail and ticketing facilities.
So, as you can see, Burnley Football Club continues to move forward.
Finally, it’s excellent to see a full section of home fans in the David Fishwick stand tonight. I feel sure you will raise the roof in cheering the team on.
We will review the success of the operation and the safety of all supporters at this game and if all goes well we would hope to announce further opportunities for home supporters to cheer on the boys from behind that goal.
I would therefore appeal to all who are in that stand tonight to represent the club tonight in a positive manner.
Enjoy the game.