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Selhurst for Fulham?

last updated Wednesday 18th October 2000, 11:43 AM
Selhurst Park is the latest ground being looked at by Fulham should they need to move away from Craven Cottage while a new stadium is built.

Fulham's application for a new 30,000 all-seater stadium at the Cottage is already in, but they are unlikely to hear until December whether it has been recommended for approval.

A public enquiry is likely to follow and the new stadium is unlikely be to ready before 2004. That poses a problem because Fulham only have permission to use terracing in the Premiership for one season, should they get there.

After that they would either have to bolt seats onto the terraces, greatly reducing capacity, or move away.

They also know that staying at Craven Cottage whilst building work goes ahead, is unlikely to be feasible. PR man Max Clifford said: "We are well aware of the situation and are looking at the possibilities. Reading, QPR, Chelsea and Crystal Palace have all been looked at," he said. "None is the perfect scenario. But we'll just have to work something out."

A move to nearby Stamford Bridge is likely to be ruled out quickly. The stadium can only be used for Chelsea's home matches and a maximum of six other sporting events a year, under borough rules. Loftus Road is already shared by QPR and London Wasps rugby union team, whilst the Madejski Stadium is jointly used by Reading and the London Irish, another union side.

However, Selhurst Park could prove to be the answer. Wimbledon currently ground share there with Palace, but are looking to move away.

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