I don't think this is or should be about criticising anyone or sniping from the sidelines. Considering Jamie's post about long-term ground improvements, could I put it like this: Imagine an ambitious 20 year plan for a state of the art, modern super stand to replace the current main stand and seats. Imagine all of the necessary items included to meet health & safety, ground grading for step 1, crush barriers, state of the art floodlights, etc. Imagine also a plan for 3G training pitches for the local schools/community on the top pitch. A huge, ambitious and costly project. How much does it actually cost to set this plan up and start fundraising towards it? (and I am open and happy to being shot down and corrected if I am being incredibly naive below (quite possible!!) or have missed something!) 1) Pay an architect to draw a design of the new stand and pitches, with all specifications etc, to support a planning application. 2) Pay an artist or graphic designer to draw an artist's impression of what this will look like, so that it can be sold to investors/fans. 3) Apply for planning permission from Richmond Council (not because we actually intend to build it anytime soon, but because we want to prove it would be approved and there are no immediate objections to the plan or obvious issues arising). It also makes it harder for the council to object to any future planning applications if there are no major changes). The total outlay for the above 3 items could be less than £1,000. Once you have these things sorted, the fundraising campaign can start. It could be called #ProjectHampton or #ProjectHamptonCommunity or similar. Every bit of money raised that does not need to be spent on either the playing budget or emergency fixes to the ground, should be directed towards the project. Supporters should be encouraged to take part and fundraise. We should be knocking at the doors of Vince Cable, whoever the new MP is, Brian Barwick and other contacts to try and get support. We should be putting together a case to apply to the Football Foundation/FA for grants to help us based on creating football opportunities for the community, safe pitches for kids to play on away from the main road, surrounded by trees (good air quality), how many hundreds of kids go to school locally and can use free of charge, etc etc. We could put together a great case for a community hub. The website would have a running total to show fans how well we are doing. News articles to celebrate everytime we secure a big milestone or big donation. The Beavers Trust would have a working group coordinating the project and keeping sponsors updated. Anyway, the point is, even if we struggle to raise the funds, even if 10 years down the track the project has to be scaled back a bit, or the timeline adjusted, the initial cost to set the ball rolling is less than £1,000. So why did we not start this in 1999? It is precisely because we didn't start this in 1999, that we are having to "fritter" (so to speak) money on emergency tweaks and fixes to an old 1960s stand in order to stay in the league (I am NOT saying that we should not spend that money, by the way, or criticising anyone involved in sorting the crush barriers, clearly they are essential to maintain our league status and therefore a "must have". The word "fritter" probably isn't the best choice. This is more to do with highlighting what we could do with a long-term plan.) So, why would we not *start* the 20 year project in 2019, so that in 2039 we are not spending wage transfer money on an emergency roof and asbestos removals people because the roof of the old stand is falling off and we need the covered terrace to meet ground requirements and maintain our league status? That is what will happen without long-term planning. Earlier this year myself and Alec Barry raised £1,300 in 6 days just because we set up a GoFundMe page and did a 10 hour walk! Round that down to £1,000 a week and thats approx £50k a year, £500k in 10 years and £1m in 20 years. Get the FA/Football Foundation to match that and job done. Maybe thats ambitious, but the point is the setup cost is very modest, there are no financial risks involved and there is no good reason not to have a long-term plan. All of the above is said in good faith and in a positive, constructive way.