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Chairman wants move in five years

Milne still seeking stadium move for Dons

Stewart MilneAberdeen FC chairman Stewart Milne has spoken of his desire for the club to move into a new stadium in the next five years.

He told the annual general meeting that Loirston Loch in the south of the city is the favoured location, but admitted that raising funds would be “quite challenging”.

“Being realistic, by the time everything is planned out and agreed at Loirston, we’ll be well through to the middle of next year and maybe slightly beyond that,” he said.

“All the different elements need to be re-masterplanned so there is a transport strategy that works for the stadium, the school, the new settlement in development and also the new Cove Rangers stadium.”

Aberdeen enjoyed a profit of £509,000 on record turnover of £13 million last year and was able to wipe out its £14.5m debt.

The Dons ended last season as runners-up in the Premiership and are currently challenging Celtic at the top after leading the table for the early part of the campaign.

Housebuilder Milne noted that the local economy is not in the best of shape which could impact on fans’ ability to support the club.

“Everyone recognises what’s happening in the north east with the oil sector. If the corporate structure is struggling, that filters down into the streets.

“Although we’ve had a very good year behind us, we are very much aware that big challenges lie ahead.”

Aberdeen abandoned plans to develop shared training facilities with the University of Aberdeen.

Photo: Stewart Milne with newsreader Nathasha Kaplinsky at an earlier event

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