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Blackpool's woes help AFC Fylde's success

David Haythornthwaite grew up as a Blackpool fan.   Having succeeded with his business Tangerine Holdings, which makes farming and veterinary products, he made unsuccessful attempts to buy the club from the Oystons in 1998 and 2005.

Fan run club may need overdraft

FC United of Manchester may have to apply for an overdraft as they are 'in a worrying financial position'. They are struggling to meet their targets and heading towards a loss this year.  That will leave the club unable to meet further obligations for the development of Broadhurst Park which they moved into in 2016.

The Red Rebels had appointed a new board in the summer and hoped their financial situation would improve.   However, they now admit that they had a staffing structure that was 'unfit for purpose' and an 'unrealistic' financial plan for the 2015-16 season.

AFC Telford seek funds

AFC Telford United are seeking a cash injection of £50,000 to deal with a cash flow problem.  Gate receipts have fallen and some costs have risen.   They also want to change the structure of the club away from control by a supporters' trust to permit external investment.

They have been something of  a yo-yo club and there is always a trade off between financial prudence and spending on players that might bring promotion and higher revenues.

Uncertain future for Worcester City

Worcester City face an uncertain future after a plan to turn the club into a community benefit society was rejected by shareholders.   This is something which has helped clubs like FC United and Lewes to attract significant investment.

Derbies bring in the crowds

The ability of local derbies to attract big crowds is shown in the attendance figures for the National League and its north and south divisions for the 2015-16 seasons.

The biggest crowd in the National League was for the Lincolnshire derby between Grimsby and Lincoln (7.650).  This was followed by Tranmere Rovers versus Chester (7.433) and Wrexham versus Tranmere Rovers (6,707).

Stockport County secure ground

Stockport County's Edgeley Park ground has been purchased by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council which will now act as the club's landlord.  Previous owners Cheshire Sports Promotions have agreed a £2m deal with the council.

Cheshire Sports have owned the ground since 2003 when Stockport County was sold to Brian Kennesy, owner of the rugby union side Sale Sharks.   In 2010 the club was taken over by a consortium and in 2012 Salle Sharks moved out of Edgeley Park.

The future of North Ferriby United

The following statement has been issued by North Ferriby United: 'The last two years have seen an injection of over a quarter of a million pounds into North Ferriby United. This has undoubtedly led to the recent success that all involved in the club have enjoyed and experienced.'

AFC Fylde's ambition

Yesterday's Non-League Paper carried an advert for a chief executive at AFC Fylde.  On offer is a £50,000 base salary plus car and benefits.  That's a lot of money for a second tier non-league club, but, as the advert states, 'AFC Fylde are a highly ambitious club.'

How to balance the books

I have been looking at the accounts for a tier two Conference club.   The shareholders are supporters and the shares are quite widely dispersed, although there are five or so individuals who have larger holdings.

The club reported profits of £52,000 on a turnover of £267,000 in the year ending 30 June.   This compared with £21,000 in the previous twelve months.

American takeover at Bradford PA

One time Football League club Bradford Park Avenue are the latest Conference club to experience an American takeover.   Barrow and Alfreton Town already have investors from the US.