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Last Updated: Monday, 22 January 2007, 10:40 GMT
Brentford fan takes on club debts
Brentford chairman Greg Dyke
Dyke became chairman of Brentford on 20 January 2006
Brentford supporter Matthew Benham has paid out nearly 3m to take over some of the League One club's loans.

Benham has taken over a 2m bank loan and also paid ex-chairman Ron Noades' company 940,110 for a 1m loan.

Benham will hold both interest-free for five years, while Noades has written off a 250,000 payment due this week.

"This is a welcome boost to our efforts to reduce debts and survive until we can build a new stadium," chairman Greg Dyke told the club website.

"The club is currently facing an uphill battle to stay in League One and as a business there are some tough challenges to face. Matthew Benham's wonderful gesture will immediately save us over 150,000 per year in interest charges."

Supporters' trust Bees United took over the club last January and their chairman Brian Burgess said: "We are extremely grateful to Matthew for his extraordinary generosity. Brentford fans have always shown their determination to help the club.

"In the past two months spontaneous fundraising efforts have come up with over 30,000 to help strengthen the squad with loan signings in the January transfer window."

SEE ALSO
Dyke becomes Brentford chairman
20 Jan 06 |  Brentford
Bees fans agree deal with Noades
30 Sep 05 |  Brentford


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