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Brentford FC's new 20,000 seater stadium gets the go-ahead

Brentford Football Club have announced on social media website Twitter that plans for a new 20,000-seater stadium have been approved by the government.

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BREAKING NEWS: LIONEL ROAD APPROVAL - New stadium project gets final approval from Secretary of State's office http://t.co/f3qMERIgrm

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The plan required confirmation from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning because Hounslow Council granted permission but English Heritage raised objections.

The public body had concerns about the impact of tower blocks and a hotel being built to pay for the stadium.

The club said it was a "once in a generation chance" for a new home.

Jagdish Sharma from Hounslow Council, said: "This is great news for Brentford Football Club and the borough.

"It not only means the Bees will have a top-class stadium, it will help the continuing rejuvenation of Brentford itself."

Brentford FC hopeful in move bid

Brentford Football Club will put forward their plans to build a new purpose built stadium to Hounslow Council's planning committee tonight.

The football club want to move from their current home Griffin Park, to a new 20,000 capacity stadium on an old brownfield site next to Brentford and Chiswick.

Part of the plans would see a number of residential homes built next to the new stadium.

But opponents to the plans say they will argue that the application has been rushed through without proper public consultation.

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Chelsea must learn from first match

In a pre-match briefing on Chelsea's website, former Blues winger Clive Walker said that lessons had to be learned from the first match, when Chelsea drew against Brentford at Griffin Park:

"The fact that it was a 2-2 draw against a League One side is all the proof you need that mistakes were made.

"Brentford were a matter of minutes from turfing the holders out of the FA Cup and I am sure their manager will be reminding them how close they were ahead of this replay.

"It was not a great pitch at Griffin Park because of the heavy rain and snow and they adapted better than we did."

"When you're playing a lower league side you know you have the better quality and they are more likely to make mistakes. Errors hurt you most at the back and if you put the ball in their court they will slip up more than you.

"In the first game Chelsea didn't work the ball into the final third quickly enough - lots of tentative square passing that was not suited to the playing surface. Brentford are not at the level they are by accident though they are not mugs, but it was sheer drive and adrenalin that was getting them to the first and second ball before our lads."

Today's FA Cup match is the first time that Chelsea and Brentford have met at Stamford Bridge in seven decades.

West London clubs clash in the FA Cup

Chelsea will take on Brentford at Stamford Bridge later today in their FA Cup 4th round replay.

They drew 2-2 three weeks ago, Fernando Torres spared their Chelsea's blushes, scoring a late equaliser to force the tie into a replay.

John Terry captained Chelsea to FA Cup glory last year.
John Terry captained Chelsea to FA Cup glory last year. Credit: PA

Chelsea's squad has received a boost ahead of the match, David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are all available.

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