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Orient ground-share approved by League

The following is from the Barnet and Potters Bar Times website.

By Kevin Burchall

Barnet's ground-share with Leyton Orient could be back on after Tony Kleanthous revealed the plans had been granted Football League approval.

It had been hoped the club could increase Underhill's current capacity to the necessary 6,000 for the club to at least compete in this season's play-offs .

However, with talks still ongoing with Barnet Council on the stadium upgrade, Mr Kleanthous decided to act.

He has been locked in talks with Barnet Council for seven weeks about expanding Underhill's current capacity following the collapse of the club's proposals for developing a new stadium at south Underhill.

"We are just making sure we are covering our backs," he explained. "While we are having talks with the council, we have in the meantime had approval for the ground-share from the Football League so that if the worst comes to the worst, the club will have somewhere to play."

The proposal was ratified by the Football League only last week and Mr Kleanthous is now preparing to take the proposals to the forthcoming Conference board meeting next month.

He added: "We will make a formal application for the ground-share at that meeting and hopefully the plans will be passed then."

If the application is successful, the ground-share would take place should Barnet gain promotion to the Football League and is an insurance policy for when the Conference's ground criteria matches that of the League in 2004.


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