THE notion of selling the Barton Stadium to help finance a ground and running track at Knight's Grange dominated the supporters' meeting on Wednesday.
But the best news for Winsford United came afterwards when manager Dave Twite declared: 'I am staying!'
A series of meetings were called to explore ways of raising money to provide Twite with a competitive budget for next season.
'I wanted to see some enthusiasm and ideas, some encouragement we were moving in the right direction.
'Well I am convinced and I am staying. I especially like the track idea. It is exciting for us and other sports.'
Brian Hall, a borough and town councillor and former international runner, has opened a campaign for a six-lane track at Knight's Grange.
He initially hoped the public purse and grants would finance the £1m scheme, which also included a pavilion and small stand. But the possibility of using the Barton Stadium to fulfil two dreams at the same time seems the more enticing prospect.
The idea of moving from their home at Wharton to the other side of town was given a mixed reception.
Chairman Mark Loveless said: 'Overall, most like the idea, but some supporters are doubtful about leaving and that is understandable. But we have to move forward and this plan offers us the chance to do that,' he said.
Hall addressed the meeting and he and Loveless will get together again to draw up recommendations and proposals to present to the town council, trustees of the Barton Stadium land.
Loveless said: 'This is a great chance to do something for Winsford - something we want and the town council want. We need to show how it can be done because I'm convinced it can.
'Another option is a running track could be laid here at the Stadium and the facilities Brian envisages at Knight's Grange could be built here instead. It is worth considering, but we may be better off and better supported on the other side of town at the heart of a major sports complex.'
Selling the Barton Stadium would, in theory at least, mean that a chunk of the funding would already be in place before grants were applied for.
Developing the ground, on the other hand, would require Winsford United and Vale Royal Athletic Club to come up with their share of the cost and the scheme would probably collapse.
Should United finish first or second in the North West Counties Second Division next season, the ground would not impede promotion.
But there would have to be costly improvements made before being allowed back into the UniBond League - and they do not have the capital.
The meeting was originally called to discuss fundraising and a letter seeking sponsorship is being sent to Winsford businesses. Team boss Twite says he needs a regular budget or United will lose their better players.
United are asking companies to back a win bonus fund of £300 a match and £1,000 for promotion - seeking at least 17 businesses to each commit £500.
Meanwhile, Loveless will make his own position as chairman clear at the annual meeting next month.