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Kettering explore survival options

Kettering Town are exploring various options to ensure the survival of the financially troubled club.  They claim that they are owed over £420k in sponsorship money.   This may well be the case, but if it hasn't been paid on time, it is not likely to be paid in the short run when the club needs cash flow and any settlement may fall far short of the stated amount.

Ebbsfleet in trouble

Ebbsfleet United have said that they need to find £50,000 by the end of April or the club's future is in real danger.   Since promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier crowds have averaged only 1,063 and commercial revenue is lower than anticipated.

Rescue bid for Kettering

Times have been desperate at Conference club Kettering Town FC.   They owe about £250,000 to various creditors including Crawley Town FC which means they have been placed under a transfer embargo.  They are down to just ten contracted players and no coach could be provided to take the players to yesterday's 5-0 defeat at Luton.   They are now perilously close to the relegation zone.

Financial worries at Lincoln

Any relegation is a financial challenge for a club, but dropping out of the Football League all together can be particularly alarming.   Lincoln City FC are expected to post a £480,000 loss following their relegation.

Fans in charge at Wrexham

It's been a prolonged battle with many setbacks along the way, including further assurances required by the Football Association three weeks ago, but the Supporters'  Trust at Wrexham is finally in charge at the club.

Economic downturn hits players

Media commentary on players tends to focus on high earners with glamorous lifestyles.   But there are actually more players who are struggling to make a living in the Conference or Leagues 1 and 2.   At this level, it has been suggested that squads are being cut by an average of five to save money which reduces the job opportunities available.  

Crisis deepens at Kettering

Kettering Town FC's owner  Imraan Ladak has indicated that he may be prepared to sell the cash strapped Conference club.  Ladak blames the players for the club's plight.  He says that they do not train hard enough, eat the wrong foods and 'go out at night' (presumably this is not an implication that they are the undead).

The entire squad has been transfer listed.   As many as ten could leave by the loan deadline today, making it difficult to field a team on Saturday.

Light! More light!

New Football League criteria for the standard of floodlights that have to be met by the 2014-15 season may hit financially struggling clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 hard, as well as those Conference clubs that aspire to Football League status.   Most Championship club either meet the new standards or could afford to do so.

Ultimatum at Darlo

Darlington chairman, millionaire property developer Raj Singh, has issued an ultimatum to his former manager and players demanding they accept a 25 per cut in wages, otherwise the club could go into oblivion.

Grimsby opt for new stadium

Grimsby Town FC think that a move away from Blundell Park to a multi-purpose community stadium is the best way forward for the former Football League club who were at one time in the second division.  At an average of around 3,000 Grimsby's attendances are the fourth best in the non-league, but some fans argue that a better standard of football would attract even more to attend.