Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nationwide League

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THE club received a boost today with the news that planning permission has been granted to build on on Griffin Park.

Brentford are pound sterling6 million in debt and directors believe the only way to stave off the liquidators is to sell their home since 1904 and move to a new ground.

Director John McGlashan said: "It's great news for the club."

Ibrahima Sonko returns to the side for tomorrow's home game against Blackpool. The centre-half has missed the last two games due to international duty with Senegal Under-21s.

Manager Wally Downes said: "I am loathe to change things because the team have done so well, but Sonko's been outstanding for us this season and he's our first-choice centre-half."

With Leo Roget out until the end of the year, Sonko will partner former Arsenal defender Scott Marshall at the back. Marshall is back playing first-team football again after being sidelined for 19 months with a careerthreatening back injury.

New signing Andy Frampton, who made his debut as a substitute against Plymouth on Tuesday, will again start on the bench.

Next three League games: Tomorrow, Blackpool (H); 9 Nov, Crewe (A); 23 Nov, Wigan (H) Last five League matches: L2-1; W2-1, D1-1, W3-2, D0-0 Last season against Blackpool: W2-0 (H), W3-1 (A)

Crystal Palace

TREVOR FRANCIS has written to the Football Association to request a personal hearing after being charged for hitting Latvian goalkeeper Alex Kolinko.

The Crystal Palace manager, who takes his side to Ipswich on Sunday, was put on report following an incident during the game at home to Bradford in August when he cuffed Kolinko around the ear after the visitors had scored. He said: "I'm just waiting for a reply from the FA, but I want to speak to them and discuss the incident. I want them to hear my side of the story."

Club captain Curtis Fleming could well be on the bench on Sunday, but there is no place for Wayne Routledge, who is still out with an ankle injury.

Next three League games: Sun, Ipswich (A); 9 Nov, Nottm Forest (H), 16 Nov, Norwich (A) Last five League matches: D2-2, D1-1, D2-2, W5-0, W4-3 Last meeting against Ipswich (1999/2000): D2-2 (H), L1-0 (A)


MARK MCGHEE does not believe the pressure is off his side despite two successive wins.

The Lions go into tomorrow's game at Reading having hauled themselves up the table after victories over Derby and Sheffield Wednesday. But McGhee said: "Just because we've won two games won't make us complacent. These players want to be top of the table and will not be happy if they are not."

McGhee has on-loan defender Glen Johnson after he was given permission to play before reporting for England Under-19 duty.

Next three League games: Tomorrow, Reading (A); 9 Nov, Preston (H), 16 Nov, Leicester (H) Last five League matches: L2-1, D1-1, L3-1, W3-0, W1-0 Last meeting against Reading (2000/01): W4-3 (H), W2-0 (A)


RAY LEWINGTON today praised his players as they prepared to meet inform Wolves. …

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