Burgess thanks supporters and remains optimistic over stadium plans.

Last updated : 18 June 2003 By
Bees United chairman, Brian Burgess, speaking at the Open Meeting arranged by BIAS (Brentford Independent Supporters Association) in the Stripes Bar at Griffin Park last night (Tuesday), thanked supporters for their hard work over the last two years and applauded the fact that Bees United, the supporters trust, has already raised a sum of over £200, 000.

"That we will be able to celebrate our 100th year at Griffin Park next season is to a large extent due to the efforts of the supporters.

We have earned a reprieve from the threat of administration for the time being, but the club is still forecast to trade at a loss next season, and interest payments on the bank overdraft mean that we face a tough road ahead to balance the books and put the club in a viable position".

With Bees United also signing a two-year option agreement to acquire the controlling majority shareholding in the club from Ron Noades' company Altonwood, Burgess added:

"By signing the new option with Altonwood at the beginning of June, we have given ourselves a window of opportunity to develop the new stadium project at Lionel Road and secure financial backing for our plans."

The Bees United chairman said plans for Lionel Road were progressing slowly, a result of protracted negotiations with the commercial developers, who are currently in the process of buying the site from the Strategic Rail Authority.

Burgess concluded by saying he remained optimistic about the proposed new stadium, but stressed to supporters that there was an enormous amount of work still to be done in making the move a reality and asked them to remain patient.