“Everyone who buys a club has got a five-year plan, haven’t they? “And, as with all those things, talk is cheap and the proof is in the pudding.
Unbelievably, so too is the second, albeit that beating Grimsby over two legs is a monumental task in itself, let alone overcoming either Bristol Rovers or Forest Green in the Wembley promotion final.
But the mere fact that Eastleigh locals are daring to dream of League Two football proves that Donald’s ambitious plans for the club were more than just pie-in-the-sky.
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CHAIRMAN Stewart Donald has revealed he will have poured £3m of his own cash into Eastleigh FC by the start of next season.
A sheriff told the former Bradford District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council chief executive that he was persuaded he had "no likelihood of driving" and cleared him of the charge.
Stewart, 68, played for a host of clubs in senior football including Dundee United and Forfar, and later managed Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin.
“I’ve put in £3 million of my own funds, alongside sponsorship, but the sponsorship is at such a level now that my personal contribution can stop.” Despite the huge outlay, family man Donald sleeps easy at night, safe in the knowledge that his money is well spent.
For all his incredible generosity, he can be penny-pinching when he needs to be.
Sheriff Christopher Shead cleared Stewart and said: "The court is satisfied it can accept his essential account as credible and the defence is made out.
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A FORMER council chief executive caught downing gin and tonic at the wheel has been cleared of a drink driving offence after persuading a court he was only in the car to charge his i Phone.