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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 13:13 GMT
Safety fears over Chasetown tie
Chasetown
Goalscorer Danny Smith celebrates Chasetown's 1-0 win
Non-league Chasetown's FA Cup tie with Cardiff City on Saturday, 5 January could be switched to another venue because of safety fears.

The club's Scholars Ground is 10 miles away from Walsall who host Millwall on the same day, while Wolves are home to Cambridge.

"We are clear and the FA is clear that we want to play the game at Chasetown," said chairman John Donnelly.

Chasetown face Cardiff after beating Port Vale 1-0 in a second round replay.

They played their match on Tuesday night in front of a sell-out 2,000 crowd.

The Scholars Ground has a 140-seat stand and temporary terraces were erected behind each goal, which Donnelly said would happen against the Bluebirds.

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"We are a 2,000 capacity stadium and we had 1,500 fans of Chasetown and 500 from Port Vale and we handled it," he said.

"Now the police have to come in on that and tomorrow we are having a meeting to hopefully get some clarity from their side.

"The game is to be played on the Saturday, that's what the FA want to happen, but bearing in mind we've got Walsall about 10 miles away from us who are playing home to Millwall on the day and Wolverhampton Wanderers have got a home game as well.

"The thing is we are in Staffordshire and they are in the West Midlands. There are two different police forces so the numbers are there, it's just working out the logistics of it to control the game."

Donnelly said it would be a "massive boost" if the game was held in Chasetown and he is relishing the tie against Cardiff.

"Cardiff are a Championship club, up another level (from Port Vale), a big club with big name players, so it's a major, major task for us," he said.

"But the FA Cup is the FA Cup and it will be our cup final yet again."

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Chasetown 1-0 Port Vale
11 Dec 07 |  FA Cup


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