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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Dons get stadium go-ahead
Wimbledon have received final approval from the Football League for their temporary move to the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes.

But approval was only granted on the condition that the club secure a permanent home by June 2007, at which time the Dons hope to be playing in a 28,000-seater permanent home in Denbigh.

Football League chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney said: "In making this decision it was not the job of the League Board to rule on whether the club should or should not be allowed to move to Milton Keynes.

"That decision had been made previously by an Independent Commission appointed by the Football Association.

"Having considered Wimbledon's application in great detail the board felt it was able to grant permission subject to a number of conditions relating to the club securing its long-term future in Milton Keynes, all of which the club has accepted."

Wimbledon will now begin renovating the Hockey Stadium to bring it up to League standard in preparation for playing their first home game there next season.


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