GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS IN MAY
campaign to keep Brentford Football Club in
the area will be entering two candidates for
Chiswick seats in the forthcoming local elections.
a group of Brentford FC supporters,
will be contesting two local
wards in the May elections.
David Merritt is contesting
Riverside and Andrew Wainwright
will be standing for Turnham
aim of the candidacies is to
give new momentum to the campaign
for a locally based arena. Their
home since 1904, Griffin Park,
is threatened with redevelopment
and alternatives in the area
such as a new arena in Feltham
have failed to make progress.
Without a permanent residence
in the borough the club may
be forced to ground-share with
Park an outdated ground likely
to be redeveloped into housing
Davis, a member of the campaign said, "Our
aim is to let as many people in the borough
know about our plight and our campaign, hence
why we're standing in said wards. We're not
standing against any party in particular. The
electorate may decide that those candidates
supportive of our aims will get at least one
of their votes."
campaign have been frustrated with the response
of the local council to the plight of their
team and accused Council leader John Connelly
of being a "control freak" for advising
Labour councillors not to respond to their
are currently riding high under the management
of former Manchester Utd and England star Steve
Coppell with promotion to the First Division
looking a distinct possibility this season.
Goals from Ben Burgess and Lloyd Owusu have
helped make them the top scorers in the division.
The club has a significant fan base in Chiswick
and has been very active in the community,
holding events to encourage younger fans to
get involved in sport. A recent survey showed
the club to have the best record for crowd
behaviour of any London club.
club is soon to be controlled by a not-for-profit
group with stakes held by supporters, the community
and local businesses.
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11th April 2005