30Mar90 UK: HOW ARE FOOTBALL CLUBS COPING WITH LORD TAYLOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS? (3 OF 3)
COLNE DYNAMOES.The future of British football lies with teams like Colne Dynamoes.That's what they reckon in Lancashire, anyway.The Dynamoes come from the right area of the country, few could deny that. To get there by train you have to pass through Burnley, Blackburn and Accrington - remember Accrington Stanley?Colne is a small town with big ideas for its football team. The club was set up by a local lad called Graham White who in the 1960s invested £3 of his £12 a week salary in his team, and washed the kit.Mr White is now a millionaire investing an estimated £10,000 a week in making Colne Dynamoes a full Football League team.At the moment the team is on the verge of promotion to the GM Vauxhall Conference. Promotion from there next year would mean full League status in Division Four.Graham White employs 22 full professionals at the club. Only one other non-league club, Darlington, is professional.The little club with big ideas is, of course, planning a new stadium.'We intend to build a new ground in nearby Nelson just near the motorway,' said commercial manager Paul Fletcher, himself a former Burnley player.'The local council has donated a plot of land suitable to build a ground that will take 10,000 seats. Initially, we intend to have terracing behind the goals.'Unlike Walsall, Colne does not have the asset of a prime piece of land ready for development, but it has the chance to build exactly what it wants.'We intend our ground to be self-financing,' said Mr Fletcher.It is not clear how much the new stadium will cost, but through architect James Cunning, Young and Partners the design will include offices to let round the stadium plus an extra astroturf surface and possibly an indoor cricket and bowling centre.