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Saints chairman takes aim...as 'cladgate' nears a happy ending
AFTER a lengthy wait and plenty of grumbles, cladding is finally being installed at the open sides of Langtree Park – and Saints fans will get their first glimpse of it at tonight’s fixture versus London.
The aluminium sheeting is gradually being fixed into place and, as a tweet from the club illustrated today, parts of the concourse are now protected from the wind and rain.
Open concourses around the stadium perimeter – which left supporters exposed to the elements - became the biggest bugbear of supporters following its opening in the winter of 2012.
It led to the saga being dubbed “cladgate” by some club insiders.
Now though the supporters are seeing progress. Earlier in the week Saints chairman Eamonn McManus - who has committed a considerable investment for the improvements – joined engineers to install the first sheet of cladding on the Hattons Solicitors West Terrace.
Earlier in the year McManus joked that he would shoot any supporter who complained the stadium was too hot once the cladding had been installed.
But as the pictures show the only thing the Saints owner is taking aim with is a drill...
A Saints spokesman said: “The project will continue throughout the summer and will not impact on matchday operations at the stadium.”
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