Holmes wants talks on Totton

Daily Echo: Ed Holmes Ed Holmes

ED Holmes has called on AFC Totton chairman Andy Straker to talk to him.

Holmes, managing director of Testwood Park Limited (TPL), is keen to enter discussions with Straker about a proposed financial investment aimed at clearing the Stags’ mountain of debt and putting the club on a sound business/commercial footing.

It follows two failed attempts by TPL to take control of the club last summer.

First TPL offered to take on AFC Totton’s debt and buy the freehold title of the Stags’ Testwood Stadium home for £1.

Then they pushed for 99-year commercial lease, but that too came to nothing as Totton opted to remain a members’ club and voted in a new interim executive committee headed by Straker.

Holmes – who recently stepped down as chairman of neighbouring Totton & Eling – insists he wants the best for the Stags.

He said: “Testwood Park Limited is still interested in taking over. We’re prepared to sit down with AFC Totton and negotiate with Mr Straker. When he feels he wants to do that, then give me a call.

“All I wish is that we could talk, but I want trust from him. “The last time I got shafted by what went on with the other people and that’s why I pulled out.

“If he (Straker) wants to sit on the TPL board as a club rep I’d have no problem with that. “He should eat a bit of humble pie, come down off his pedestal and talk to me.

“Between us we could work this thing out, but I can’t do it unless he agrees to talk.

“All I want is a solution.”

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10:52am Sat 11 Jan 14

CallMeFrank says...

Mr Holmes
I'm a regular supporter at AFC Totton and can honestly say I do not know who you are and apart from seeing your face in the papers have never clapped eyes on you.
As somebody who insists you want what's best for "The Stags" I'd have presumed that you were a supporter. . . . .
BUt. . . .I have never seen you at any matches as either a fan, steward,carpark attendant or programme seller.
I have never been served a drink from you at the bar, nor had a burger cooked by your fair hands.
I have never seen you tending the grounds or in fact volunteering for any of the above duties as many true supporters do.
If getting your hands dirty is not your thing, maybe you could put your hand in your pocket and pay for the players travel expenses, or pay for a regular physio or pay for gym membership for the players.
Or maybe you could anonymously pay off Tottons debts, this would be "what's best for the stags" and a "solution"
But that would mean you wouldn't have your beaming face in the papers and couldn't take any credit.
If you are sincere about finding a solution then please do, otherwise please Jog On and lstop poking your nose into affairs that clearly don't concern you.
Mr Holmes I'm a regular supporter at AFC Totton and can honestly say I do not know who you are and apart from seeing your face in the papers have never clapped eyes on you. As somebody who insists you want what's best for "The Stags" I'd have presumed that you were a supporter. . . . . BUt. . . .I have never seen you at any matches as either a fan, steward,carpark attendant or programme seller. I have never been served a drink from you at the bar, nor had a burger cooked by your fair hands. I have never seen you tending the grounds or in fact volunteering for any of the above duties as many true supporters do. If getting your hands dirty is not your thing, maybe you could put your hand in your pocket and pay for the players travel expenses, or pay for a regular physio or pay for gym membership for the players. Or maybe you could anonymously pay off Tottons debts, this would be "what's best for the stags" and a "solution" But that would mean you wouldn't have your beaming face in the papers and couldn't take any credit. If you are sincere about finding a solution then please do, otherwise please Jog On and lstop poking your nose into affairs that clearly don't concern you. CallMeFrank

11:52am Sat 11 Jan 14

Winch85 says...

How this guy has the nerve to tell Andy Straker to come down off his pedestal is beyond me.

Do us all a favour and go away....and take your new pals with you.
How this guy has the nerve to tell Andy Straker to come down off his pedestal is beyond me. Do us all a favour and go away....and take your new pals with you. Winch85

8:39pm Sat 11 Jan 14

EarlyRiser says...

Mr Holmes you really defy belief, you are a male chicken of the first order.
Eat humble pie ?? for what. He is a far straighter, trustworthy and honest bloke than you could ever hope to be. He is the one with the clubs interests at heart, unlike yourself that is trying to get their hands on the stadium for net to nothing.
Shafted my backside, you pulled out because you lied to the members and then tried to buy the place for a pound after telling the members that the ground would remain I the hands of the trustees.

You and your crones are a bunch of crooks GO AWAY
Mr Holmes you really defy belief, you are a male chicken of the first order. Eat humble pie ?? for what. He is a far straighter, trustworthy and honest bloke than you could ever hope to be. He is the one with the clubs interests at heart, unlike yourself that is trying to get their hands on the stadium for net to nothing. Shafted my backside, you pulled out because you lied to the members and then tried to buy the place for a pound after telling the members that the ground would remain I the hands of the trustees. You and your crones are a bunch of crooks GO AWAY EarlyRiser

9:13pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Hotsy373 says...

What puzzles me here is the language used, if it has been correctly quoted. In business, if one wishes to negotiate a deal, one must be polite, courteous and prepared to compromise. The language used by Mr Holmes in relation to Andy Straker of eating humble pie and coming down off his pedestal is entirely contrary to that and, in my view, is unnecessary and, indeed, inflammatory. What exactly is Mr Holmes offering? If he's so interested, where was he today? I didn't see him at Hitchin where a vibrant young team produced a performance of exceptional quality under the stewardship of men with a passion for the club. Over to you, Mr Holmes.
What puzzles me here is the language used, if it has been correctly quoted. In business, if one wishes to negotiate a deal, one must be polite, courteous and prepared to compromise. The language used by Mr Holmes in relation to Andy Straker of eating humble pie and coming down off his pedestal is entirely contrary to that and, in my view, is unnecessary and, indeed, inflammatory. What exactly is Mr Holmes offering? If he's so interested, where was he today? I didn't see him at Hitchin where a vibrant young team produced a performance of exceptional quality under the stewardship of men with a passion for the club. Over to you, Mr Holmes. Hotsy373

12:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

totton lady says...

Ha ha eat humble pie mr straker, I know he eats a lot of apple pies. He has got the clubs best interests at heart , people like mr holmes should crawl back under the rock they come out from
Ha ha eat humble pie mr straker, I know he eats a lot of apple pies. He has got the clubs best interests at heart , people like mr holmes should crawl back under the rock they come out from totton lady

6:06pm Mon 13 Jan 14

legod7 says...

CallMeFrank wrote:
Mr Holmes
I'm a regular supporter at AFC Totton and can honestly say I do not know who you are and apart from seeing your face in the papers have never clapped eyes on you.
As somebody who insists you want what's best for "The Stags" I'd have presumed that you were a supporter. . . . .
BUt. . . .I have never seen you at any matches as either a fan, steward,carpark attendant or programme seller.
I have never been served a drink from you at the bar, nor had a burger cooked by your fair hands.
I have never seen you tending the grounds or in fact volunteering for any of the above duties as many true supporters do.
If getting your hands dirty is not your thing, maybe you could put your hand in your pocket and pay for the players travel expenses, or pay for a regular physio or pay for gym membership for the players.
Or maybe you could anonymously pay off Tottons debts, this would be "what's best for the stags" and a "solution"
But that would mean you wouldn't have your beaming face in the papers and couldn't take any credit.
If you are sincere about finding a solution then please do, otherwise please Jog On and lstop poking your nose into affairs that clearly don't concern you.
Ed Holmes did not one penny of his own money into Totton & Eling so don't expect anything from him now.
[quote][p][bold]CallMeFrank[/bold] wrote: Mr Holmes I'm a regular supporter at AFC Totton and can honestly say I do not know who you are and apart from seeing your face in the papers have never clapped eyes on you. As somebody who insists you want what's best for "The Stags" I'd have presumed that you were a supporter. . . . . BUt. . . .I have never seen you at any matches as either a fan, steward,carpark attendant or programme seller. I have never been served a drink from you at the bar, nor had a burger cooked by your fair hands. I have never seen you tending the grounds or in fact volunteering for any of the above duties as many true supporters do. If getting your hands dirty is not your thing, maybe you could put your hand in your pocket and pay for the players travel expenses, or pay for a regular physio or pay for gym membership for the players. Or maybe you could anonymously pay off Tottons debts, this would be "what's best for the stags" and a "solution" But that would mean you wouldn't have your beaming face in the papers and couldn't take any credit. If you are sincere about finding a solution then please do, otherwise please Jog On and lstop poking your nose into affairs that clearly don't concern you.[/p][/quote]Ed Holmes did not one penny of his own money into Totton & Eling so don't expect anything from him now. legod7

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