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Gainsborough Trinity chairman Peter Swann set for crunch talks in bid to buy Northolme

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

Gainsborough Trinity chairman Peter Swann

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Peter Swann believes there could be signs of a breakthrough in his attempts to buy the Northolme.

The Gainsborough Trinity chairman has confirmed he will attend a meeting this week with the ground's owners, the Blues Club, to discuss a possible sale.

Swann has been rebuffed in his previous attempts to buy the ground, but believes the invitation for him to attend the meeting is encouraging and could be a sign of progress.

"I have received a letter asking me to attend a meeting with the Blues Club committee," he said.

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"I understand they want to ask a few more questions of me regarding the two separate offers for the ground I submitted last month.

"I don't want to jump the gun or raise anyone's hopes, but it is a good starting point.

"But this is a very important decision, I understand that.

"Whatever decision is made over the Northolme, it will affect the football club for a long time to come.

"I do not know which road we will go down, but the important thing is that it looks as though we can now, at least, sit down and talk about it.

"It would be lovely if we could come away from the meeting having moved forward a little."

Swann has said he will step down as chairman of the club at the end of this season, but plans to continue as owner.

The Gainsborough businessman claims to have invested £1.75m into the club since he became owner four years ago, but is not prepared to carry on spending unless he secures the Northolme as a football club asset.

Last month, Swann submitted two separate offers to buy the ground.

Those offers included the promise of £500,000 of improvements, but only if he owned the ground.

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  • snelly69  |  December 17 2012, 7:55AM

    Meeting is now Wednesday,due to the away game to BPA Tonight