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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 17:51 GMT
Southend get stadium green light
Southend's Roots Hall ground
Southend's have been at Roots Hall for over half a century
Southend have been given the go-ahead to build their new 22,000-seater stadium by the town's council.

The Championship club are proposing to move from the 12,440-capacity Roots Hall, their home for more than 50 years, to the Fossetts Farm site.

The approved application will now be referred to the Secretary of State, although it is likely the government office will rubber stamp the decision.

"It's the most important day this club's had," said chairman Ron Martin.

He added: "We are on an upward spiral of success and a new stadium will help that continue.

"We've taken attendances from 4,000 to 10,000 and the new stadium will see that rise even further."

Manager Steve Tilson and assistant Paul Brush said the possibility of relocating was a major factor in their decision to sign new one-year contract extensions with the club last month.



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