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MAGPIES: Hope for the future, says Eddie Belt
EDDIE Belt has stated he would not have accepted a place on the Dorchester Town board if he didn’t believe there was a promising future in store for the club.
The 70-year-old former Magpies’ player, manager and chairman has been there, seen it, and done it when it comes to the county town club and is excited about taking up the role of facilities director later this month.
Dorchester officials offered Belt the position after utilising his expertise in the building industry to draw up plans for a new function room at the Avenue.
And that will be high on his agenda when he is formally co-opted on to the board on October 28.
Speaking to Echosport, the popular figure is looking forward to being back at the club in an official capacity and is more than willing to give the current Magpies’ hierarchy any advice they need after more than 50 years in the game.
“I have been involved with Dorchester Town all my life,” said Belt. “I started playing for them when I was 15, managed teams at all levels, and then became a director and chairman.
“I was a club ambassador under Shaun Hearn and really enjoyed it, and now I have another chance to put something back into the club.”
The long-term aim for Dorchester is full community ownership and with half the majority shareholding, the Community Trust is on the way to making that a reality.
On the merits of community ownership, Belt went on to add: “I’m still very open-minded about which is the correct way to go.
“Unfortunately, there isn’t the money out there for an individual to run a club by themselves.
“I take my hat off to Shaun Hearn. He did an absolutely brilliant job but you cannot expect one man to look after the finances of a semi-professional club – you have to go in another direction.
“There will be supporters who say that’s wrong, but my question to them would be, what’s the alternative?
“I think community ownership is the only way to go until you find someone out there that has got the money and can give you a guarantee.
“At the moment, other than in the Premier League, there aren’t people around to do that. And with the financial climate as it is, I don’t see any other way than going down the route of community ownership.
“The people at the club now are good people and if I wasn’t hopeful for the future, I would not be going back.
“Dorchester is a great club and we’ve got to push on, and in the hands of the trust, I’m sure we will.”
The club has announced that the Magpies will host Yeovil Town in a friendly on October 22 (7.45pm).
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