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Accrington have moved to reassure supporters that planning is underway to ensure the Fraser Eagle Stadium will meet Football League requirements next season.

Plans to re-develop the ageing ground include installing extra seating and a crowd control centre to enable the club to deal with matchday congestion issues.

"Firstly we need to install a further 882 seats to make sure that we satisfy the Football League's criteria of 2,000 covered seats by 1st May, 2009," chief executive Robert Heys told the club's official website.

"It is a little frustrating that we have to spend a considerable sum of money to do this while we have spare capacity in our existing seating areas, however we accept that we knew the rules when we joined the league two years ago and we will ensure that we comply with the regulations.

"The cost of the project is expected to run into six figures, and although we believe the money that could be better spent elsewhere improving the supporter experience at the stadium there are still some positives, most notably it will enable us to generate more money from sales of tickets to visiting supporters next season.

"With regards to the stadium control room we will shortly begin working with the Hyndburn Borough Council to find a solution acceptable to all concerned."

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