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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Ex-QPR Chairman Bill Power Waits re Swindon Bid and on his Swindon Plans

Swindon Advertiser - Bill: 'We have the Power'

BILL Power's sense of frustration has not dented his determination to help take Town forward and see the club realise its potential.

And he points to Colchester United as a shining example of what it is possible to build' from the lower reaches of the Football League.

Takeover matters appear to have reached a brief, mutually acceptable lull ahead of today's clash with Shrewsbury Town.

The club's lawyers are believed to be formulating an official reply to the detailed response' provided by the legal representatives of the fans consortium.

That is unlikely to be dropping into the relevant in-tray until next week.

A few days grace is not going to cause a major row, although the consortium clearly expect matters to move forward sooner rather than later.

Power understands the frustration fans are feeling surrounding the whole saga and fully accepts that all the talk at this stage would ideally be focused on football.

He said: "It's a question of wait and see what comes back to us.

"I can understand fans' being frustrated, I'm frustrated."

Power is hoping today's clash earns Paul Sturrock's men another three points and he is anxious to be part of a process which will see progress both on and off the pitch and see potential realised.

He said: "I look at a club like Colchester United.

"They've won promotion to the Championship, are in the top half of that league and have agreed a new stadium. They've done all that with a third of the support that Swindon could call on."

As Power and company await developments, the Swindon Town Supporters Trust have issued a rallying cry while applauding a club initiative to swell attendances for the visit of Mansfield next month.

TrustSTFC chairman Paul Davis said: "This is a vital stage of the season and it is crucial as many fans as possible get 100 per cent behind the team."

Town are offering supporters the chance to pack out the Stratton Bank for the visit of Mansfield Town on Saturday April 21.

With automatic promotion back into League One the target, Paul Sturrock wants to see both ends of the stadium cheering on the Reds.

The club have announced a discounted ticket offer and fans have been given the opportunity to watch the game for just £5.

Season ticket holders can buy up to four tickets each at £5 per ticket.

Should a season ticket holder wish to sit on the Stratton Bank rather than in their usual seat, their seat in the Stratton Bank is free.

Fans who can produce their tickets, or ticket stubs, from both the Shrewsbury and Torquay games can also buy up to four tickets at £5 each.

These discounted tickets will be available for purchase from 9am on April 3 until 5pm on April 19.

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase their tickets either in person or by calling the box office.

Non-season ticket holders will need to call into the box office in person with their tickets from the Shrewsbury and Torquay games.


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