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Bernebau may be re-named

The Bernebau, the iconic home of Real Madrid, may have a change of name.   The Santiago Bernebau may in future be known as the Abu Dhabi Bernebau.   This follows a sponsorship deal with oil company IPIC which owns a Spanish company and is itself owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Lease offered on Edgar Street

Herefordshire Council has said that it is prepared to offer a two year lease on Hereford United's old ground at Edgar Street.   The Hereford United Supporters' Trust is disappointed that it is only two years, although the council is prepared to extend it.

The Supporters' Trust are setting up a phoenix club to be called Hereford FC.   However, according to BBC Midlands, two other parties are also interested in taking out a lease.

Sisu suffer setbacks in the courts

Coventry City's owners Sisu have suffered further setbacks in their battle in the courts over the Ricoh Arena.   Their appeal against a refusal of a judicial review of a loan by Coventry City Council to the stadium's operators, Arena Coventry Limited, has been rejected and, what is more, the judge ticked off their laywers over the nature of their application.

Kingstonian look for new ground

Kingstonian are looking for a new ground in anticipation of AFC Wimbledon's move back to Merton.  At present they get rent free use of the Kingsmeadow ground which they sold to the phoenix club in 2003.

However, the 4,700 capacity is too great for their average crowds of around 300.  Chelsea are interested in acquiring the ground for their under 21, youth and ladies teams.

Save Hitchin Town

The fight is on to save Hitchin Town, one of three clubs to play in the first FA Cup that is still taking part today.   They are threatened with losing their ground and having to use an out of town site they don't want.

One complication that this report does not make clear is that the ground is owned by a charity (which has a general obligation under charity law to make best use of its assets) while the club is run by a company.

Stadium crisis at Hayes and Yeading

Conference South club Hayes & Yeading may only have three months to come up with £300,000 or face closure.    They need this just to move into their partly built new home at Beaconsiield Road and another £1.2m to complete the structure of their main stand.    The club ground shared at Woking and more recently at Maidenhead United.

Liverpool ready to expand Anfield

Liverpool expect the redevelopment of the main stand at Anfield to earn the club an extra £20m per season.   The cost of the £114m project is being funded by an interest free loan from owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) out of their cash reserves.

Liverpool will repay the loan to FSG over five-and-a-half years.   The possibility of securing a naming rights partner is being pursued, something that would be available for a one off payment of £10m.

New threat to QPR stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers face a new threat to their plan to build a stadium at Old Oak Common.   Cargiant, the biggest landowner in the area, have now teamed up with the property company owned by the billionaire Livingstone brothers, giving their alternative project more credibility.  However, a consultation suggests that 90 per cent of local residents favour QPR's plans.

The demographics of daring to dream

Brentford (3rd) and Bournemouth (4th) are the two surprise packages of the Championship so far this season.  At the start of the season, Brentford fans would probably have settled for consolidation in the division with a lower mid-table position being seen as good enough.  Four Four Two forecast that they would be 22nd and one could get 12-1 on them being promoted at the beginning of the season and just 7/2 on relegation.

Grimsby plan for new stadium

Grimsby Town have announced plans to leave Blundell Park after 115 years.  The new ground at Peaks Parkway, just under three miles away, could be linked with supermarket and housing developments.  The club argues that they do not have a sustainable future at Blundell Park.

An online petition set up by supporters in favour of the move has received over 5,000 signatures, but not all fans are enthusiastic.   Some argue that a new stadium should not be built near a crematorium, hospice and hospital.