New stadium

Wednesday 31 July 2002

Fulham today confirmed they are still looking for alternative sites for a new home as doubts persist over plans to redevelop Craven Cottage.

The continuing threat of legal action from local residents and revised estimates of nearly £100million for redevelopment may force them to scrap their proposed return there in two years' time.

A bid for a 10-acre site about four miles from Craven Cottage has already been rejected.

As Fulham prepared for tonight's Intertoto Cup semi-final first-leg against French side Sochaux at Loftus Road, where they are sharing with Queens Park Rangers, chief executive Bruce Langham said: "We are still looking for potential alternative sites because it is prudent to do so.

"Our preferred option is still to redevelop Craven Cottage but it would be foolhardy not to keep our options open to ensure that we are able to build a stadium we can be proud of."

Fulham have already seen two bids from residents to force a public inquiry into their plans to build a 28,000-seat stadium on the site of Craven Cottage.

The group could still go to the House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights - and building work has not even started.