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News round up in and around Griffin Park and League One

Brentford duo make comeback
Brentford duo striker Farid El Alagui and defender Kev O’Connor made a welcome return from injury, both making an appearance in the development game against Charlton on Monday. Farid scored Brentford’s first goal in a match that saw the Bees come back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against the league leaders.

Brentford trial West Ham keeper
Brentford have given a trial to 20-year-old West Ham keeper Jake Larkins. He played in the development game against Charlton on Monday.

The bloody red Barron 
Bees defender Scott Barron has undergone surgery in an attempt to clear up a niggling hip injury. He will probably be out for the remainder of the season.

Updated stadium plans go on show
Brentford will be putting the plans for the updated Lionel Road stadium on show this week. The dates and venues are as follows:

Thursday March 21 5:30pm – 8:30pm and Friday March 22 1pm – 5pm
Venue: Griffin Park, Braemar Road Entrance

Saturday March 23 10am-1pm
Venue: Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, Sports Hall

Swindon Town transfer embargo stays
Swindon failed to get their transfer embargo lifted. As a result, manager Kevin McDonald is going to have to make do with rotating his current squad members for the rest of the season. Four players were apparently lined up for Swindon including a couple of players from Spurs and a ‘well known striker’.

Swindon are slightly compensated by the fact that they have sold in excess of 1,300 season tickets already for next season. They made a decision to freeze prices and offer season tickets for 2013/14 for the same as this season until the end of March. It is a great deal for fans if they actually get promoted. In reality, it’s really a cash-flow exercise with the club getting in funds early to balance their horrendously wobbly books for a few months.

Coventry City have Yankees circling
Whenever there is a club on the brink of administration, there is always seems to be a dubiously motivated businessman looking to buy it at the lowest price and claiming they always wanted to get involved in football. According to the Sky Blues’ message boards and local press outlets, Coventry have American tycoon Preston Haskell IV waiting in the wings, hovering for  when Coventry to go into administration. Reports suggest that he previously tried to buy Leeds United. If Coventry don’t contest the impending court case, they will be placed into administration on Friday.

Oldham Athletic name new young manager
The name Lee Johnson may not be immediately familiar. He used to play for Hearts and Kilmarnock and has been named as Oldham’s new manager. Closer to home, Lee is in fact the son of Yeovil manager Gary Johnson, and at 31. becomes is the youngest manager in the League – nine months the junior of Franchise FC’s Gary Smuginson Robinson. Lets hope the young smugness doesn’t rub off on him.