Judge throws out appeal over Kassam Stadium's protected status bid

Firoz Kassam

Firoz Kassam

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A judge has thrown out an appeal launched by the owner of the Kassam Stadium into the facility’s protected status.

Firoz Kassam and his company Firoka had taken Oxford City Council’s decision to list the Grenoble Road stadium as a community asset to a tribunal.

The judge, Nicholas Warren, ruled that the stadium was “intrinsically linked” to Oxford United.

His ruling means the stadium will keep its legal protection, meaning that if Firoka were to sell it then U’s supporters group OxVox would be able to attempt to buy it.

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5:08pm Mon 12 May 14

benga says...

Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.
Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning. benga
  • Score: 11

6:50pm Mon 12 May 14

Redbulls says...

benga wrote:
Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.
it cost him nothing !! Taylor Woodrow built it Firoz paid nothing for it with his offshore company ... Taylor never bothered chasing the £millions as in legal fees it would have cost them more than the money they were trying to recover ( fact)
[quote][p][bold]benga[/bold] wrote: Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.[/p][/quote]it cost him nothing !! Taylor Woodrow built it Firoz paid nothing for it with his offshore company ... Taylor never bothered chasing the £millions as in legal fees it would have cost them more than the money they were trying to recover ( fact) Redbulls
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Mon 12 May 14

Joe1 says...

Slimey
Slimey Joe1
  • Score: 2

8:36pm Mon 12 May 14

35 year fan says...

very good as this reduces the future purchase price of the stadium. congratulations all. thank you judge.
very good as this reduces the future purchase price of the stadium. congratulations all. thank you judge. 35 year fan
  • Score: 7

6:38pm Tue 13 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Redbulls wrote:
benga wrote:
Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.
it cost him nothing !! Taylor Woodrow built it Firoz paid nothing for it with his offshore company ... Taylor never bothered chasing the £millions as in legal fees it would have cost them more than the money they were trying to recover ( fact)
Taylor Woodrow started building it in 1996........3 years before Firoz Kassam bought the club, and stopped building it 1997, 2 years before he bought the club.
If Firoz hadn't bought the club in 1999, Birse Construction wouldn't have finished the construction, which recommenced in 2000.

Personally I hate football, don't care what happens to the stadium, but don't think someone should be getting slagged off, when it was in fact his money that got the club out of the financial mess it had got itself into.
[quote][p][bold]Redbulls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benga[/bold] wrote: Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.[/p][/quote]it cost him nothing !! Taylor Woodrow built it Firoz paid nothing for it with his offshore company ... Taylor never bothered chasing the £millions as in legal fees it would have cost them more than the money they were trying to recover ( fact)[/p][/quote]Taylor Woodrow started building it in 1996........3 years before Firoz Kassam bought the club, and stopped building it 1997, 2 years before he bought the club. If Firoz hadn't bought the club in 1999, Birse Construction wouldn't have finished the construction, which recommenced in 2000. Personally I hate football, don't care what happens to the stadium, but don't think someone should be getting slagged off, when it was in fact his money that got the club out of the financial mess it had got itself into. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Tue 13 May 14

Redbulls says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
Redbulls wrote:
benga wrote:
Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.
it cost him nothing !! Taylor Woodrow built it Firoz paid nothing for it with his offshore company ... Taylor never bothered chasing the £millions as in legal fees it would have cost them more than the money they were trying to recover ( fact)
Taylor Woodrow started building it in 1996........3 years before Firoz Kassam bought the club, and stopped building it 1997, 2 years before he bought the club.
If Firoz hadn't bought the club in 1999, Birse Construction wouldn't have finished the construction, which recommenced in 2000.

Personally I hate football, don't care what happens to the stadium, but don't think someone should be getting slagged off, when it was in fact his money that got the club out of the financial mess it had got itself into.
i the above comments who has slagged him off ?? no one , i think the judgement is good and i hope the club could be bought by the fans ... Firoz only really wanted the cinema hotel etc and the fans want the club , he made a lot of money from sale of the manor ground , im sure people do appreciate what he has done for the club ... we have moved on from that and looking to future
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redbulls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benga[/bold] wrote: Great news. There is seemingly no way we will be able to raise the many of millions of pounds required to buy the stadium, but any little battle against Firoz Kassam is worth winning.[/p][/quote]it cost him nothing !! Taylor Woodrow built it Firoz paid nothing for it with his offshore company ... Taylor never bothered chasing the £millions as in legal fees it would have cost them more than the money they were trying to recover ( fact)[/p][/quote]Taylor Woodrow started building it in 1996........3 years before Firoz Kassam bought the club, and stopped building it 1997, 2 years before he bought the club. If Firoz hadn't bought the club in 1999, Birse Construction wouldn't have finished the construction, which recommenced in 2000. Personally I hate football, don't care what happens to the stadium, but don't think someone should be getting slagged off, when it was in fact his money that got the club out of the financial mess it had got itself into.[/p][/quote]i the above comments who has slagged him off ?? no one , i think the judgement is good and i hope the club could be bought by the fans ... Firoz only really wanted the cinema hotel etc and the fans want the club , he made a lot of money from sale of the manor ground , im sure people do appreciate what he has done for the club ... we have moved on from that and looking to future Redbulls
  • Score: 2

11:01pm Tue 13 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

deedee444 wrote:
Can people who know nothing about football please just not comment....Kassam is a reviled slum landlord who used our football club to make a shedload of cash on the back of broken promises,he continues to leech and must be the most detested slimeball of recent times....I for one wish him every ill and curse him at every opportunity.
Oh sorry, I didn't realise one had to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of football to be able to comment.
No matter what you think about the bloke, if he hadn't turned up in 1999, Oxford United may well have ended up as Headington United again.
Where is he leeching money from, he's not owned the club for the past 8 years?
[quote][p][bold]deedee444[/bold] wrote: Can people who know nothing about football please just not comment....Kassam is a reviled slum landlord who used our football club to make a shedload of cash on the back of broken promises,he continues to leech and must be the most detested slimeball of recent times....I for one wish him every ill and curse him at every opportunity.[/p][/quote]Oh sorry, I didn't realise one had to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of football to be able to comment. No matter what you think about the bloke, if he hadn't turned up in 1999, Oxford United may well have ended up as Headington United again. Where is he leeching money from, he's not owned the club for the past 8 years? Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -2

11:19pm Tue 13 May 14

Sid Snakey says...

Usually, when wealthy individuals buy football clubs, that club benefits from an injection of investment into either the playing side of things, the club infrastructure such as the stadium, or both.

Another common factor in such situations is that the wealthy benefactor ends up with less money than when he started, due to getting carried away with trying to win trophies and titles, unless in the process of improving the club he manages to seriously increase its value.

Kassam gave an expert lesson in demonstrating that such traditions are for the weak, sentimental and senseless.

Under his tenure we dropped out of the Football League entirely, with him managing to sell just before he was lynched.

Under his tenure we completely lost our stadium (small, compact, characterful, ours) and exchanged it for a horrible, soul-less, windswept, incomplete, monstrosity.

He, meanwhile, gained a new property portfolio and a sitting tenant. In essence, we were asset-stripped.

Yes, the club had got itself into a financial mess, and sadly we were preyed upon by a very shrewd businessman who showed it is possible to make huge wadges of cash out of football club ownership.

I had this sudden realisation the other day. I actually wish we had not been "saved" by Kassam. I wish the club had folded. We could have all been upset for a year, then got on with our lives and either spent Saturdays usefully with our families or something, or maybe picked a Premiership club and watched some decent football.

Instead we find ourselves in the purgatory of being unable to move on from the club we loved as a kid, and spending £50 every other Saturday watching something that only us fools can call football, knowing full well we actually, really died the day Kassam took over, and that the glory days are a dim and distant past, never to be regained.

As small as this victory is, any way of irritating Firoz Kassam is worthy of celebration.
Usually, when wealthy individuals buy football clubs, that club benefits from an injection of investment into either the playing side of things, the club infrastructure such as the stadium, or both. Another common factor in such situations is that the wealthy benefactor ends up with less money than when he started, due to getting carried away with trying to win trophies and titles, unless in the process of improving the club he manages to seriously increase its value. Kassam gave an expert lesson in demonstrating that such traditions are for the weak, sentimental and senseless. Under his tenure we dropped out of the Football League entirely, with him managing to sell just before he was lynched. Under his tenure we completely lost our stadium (small, compact, characterful, ours) and exchanged it for a horrible, soul-less, windswept, incomplete, monstrosity. He, meanwhile, gained a new property portfolio and a sitting tenant. In essence, we were asset-stripped. Yes, the club had got itself into a financial mess, and sadly we were preyed upon by a very shrewd businessman who showed it is possible to make huge wadges of cash out of football club ownership. I had this sudden realisation the other day. I actually wish we had not been "saved" by Kassam. I wish the club had folded. We could have all been upset for a year, then got on with our lives and either spent Saturdays usefully with our families or something, or maybe picked a Premiership club and watched some decent football. Instead we find ourselves in the purgatory of being unable to move on from the club we loved as a kid, and spending £50 every other Saturday watching something that only us fools can call football, knowing full well we actually, really died the day Kassam took over, and that the glory days are a dim and distant past, never to be regained. As small as this victory is, any way of irritating Firoz Kassam is worthy of celebration. Sid Snakey
  • Score: 8

5:03pm Wed 14 May 14

marathon2012 says...

why don't we buy the greyhound track redevelop and have a new stadium nice compact stadium just like the manor used to be.Happy days
why don't we buy the greyhound track redevelop and have a new stadium nice compact stadium just like the manor used to be.Happy days marathon2012
  • Score: 3

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