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Last Updated: Monday, 17 December 2007, 10:33 GMT
How will English football develop?



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Once part of the Bass estate, the site was bought from a farmer who runs a nearby garden centre.

Situated in a pretty valley, the land had already been approved for development that would leave it as a "green lung" for Burton.

In fact, the FA's otherwise popular plans had to be amended when a threat to ancient trees was detected. Soho Square also had to pay for a new roundabout at a dangerous junction.

So the NFC has Clairefontaine's noble history and rural beauty. All it lacks now is the list of graduates.



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