Football: East Thurrock’s new owner sets out his plans for future

THURROCK- based millionaire businessman Alfie Best talks about his plans for the club reports East Thurrock United’s website.

East Thurrock United can now announce that the club has been bought by local businessman Alfie Best in a seven-figure deal.

The entrepreneur owner of Wyldecrest Parks, Europe’s biggest static home parks company with over 80 sites throughout the UK, has his headquarters in Thurrock, and he is a big supporter of the local area.

Now 50-year-old Alfie, who features in the latest Sunday Times Rich List with a wealth of £340million, has major plans for the club which include a new purpose-built community football stadium in the locality.

“East Thurrock United is a fantastic club with a lot of potential, but what really excites me is the amazing community spirit it has and that’s what I want to build and expand on,” explained Mr. Best, who made a flying visit to the Corringham ground in his £3.6million helicopter at the weekend, and is pictured here with some of the youngsters from the club’s Future-Rocks group. (pic credit :- Wyldecrest Parks – Louis Wood).

“There is a real enthusiasm from everyone involved in the club to achieve great things here and I want to lay the groundwork with a new stadium that could see us make progress on the field and move through the divisions.

“Obviously, reaching the Football League would be big challenge, but it’s a wonderful goal to have and aspire to”

Mr. Best, who has purchased a 50 per cent share in the club and the freehold of the Rookery Hill ground, says the new look complex could also offer amenities for other sports in the area.

“A football club has so much more to offer than a game on a Saturday afternoon. It has the opportunity to be the lifeblood of the community,” said Mr. Best.

“It would be great to be able to build a new community stadium for the club. I am confident we will have the support of Thurrock Council who are a go-ahead and ambitious authority determined to provide the best amenities for their residents.

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