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26May94 UK: CLUBS PLAY FOR EXTRA TIME ON TAYLOR DEMANDS - ALL-SEATER STADIA.

A dozen soccer clubs are applying for extra time to convert to all-seater stadia as building work worth over £30 million is set to break the August deadline set by the Taylor Report.Applications for extensions have been lodged with the Football Licensing Authority and a ruling on each case was due to be announced by the Department of National Heritage yesterday (Wednesday).Some clubs including Middlesbrough and Derby County are planning to move to new grounds and are reluctant to waste their cash improving existing stadia.But clubs including Chelsea and Barnsley want supporters allowed on existing terraces next season so capacities are not cut dramatically as rebuilding work is completed on new all-seater stands.Officials at the Heritage Department fear that granting one club an extension to the deadline could open the floodgates for claims from other sides.Lord Chief Justice Taylor's report called for all-seater grounds for Premier and First Division clubs by the start of the 1994/5 season following the Hillsborough tragedy. CONSTRUCTION NEWS