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Friday, 2 March, 2001, 14:06 GMT
Brentford may share with Woking
Brentford's Griffin Park
Griffin Park could be sold to developers
Brentford have announced a possible agreement to ground-share with non-League Woking from the start of the 2002-3 season.

The Bees are hoping to sell their current Griffin Park ground and have been looking to line up a temporary venue while they seek a permanent new home.

The agreement with Woking is subject to Football League approval and is only an option at this stage.

The move would only come about if a long-term solution closer to home was not in place before the 2002-3 season.

Brentford owner Ron Noades believes Griffin Park is too small to make a decent profit for the Second Division club.

Ron Noades
Noades reluctant to reveal details

Plans to build a brand new multi-purpose stadium at Southall's Western International Market collapsed and another scheme to redevelop Feltham Arena also appears to have become bogged down.

Noades also failed in a bid to share Loftus Road with QPR in 1999.

The ground-share agreement is part of a bigger deal which sees Noades return the Griffin Park freehold to Brentford Football Club.

It means that any money made from the sale of the ground will go to the club to invest in building a new stadium and buying players.

The club's managing director Gary Hargraves told BBC London Live the deal should allay fans' concerns.

There were fears that Noades - the major shareholder in both Brentford FC Limited and Griffin Park Stadium Limited - was selling up in order to use the money elsewhere.

"Ron stated publicly has doesn't have any interest in taking an money from Brentford Football Club," said Hargraves.

"Any money raised from the result of any future sale of the freehold will be used to the benefit of the football club."

When Noades joined Brentford in 1998 he split the club's finances into Brentford FC Limited and Griffin Park Stadium Limited, with the latter aquiring the freehold of the ground.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the shareholders of the two companies an Emergency General Meeting, on a date to be announced.

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