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Vanarama Conference North


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.

Big variations in non-league budgets

It is a big temptation for benefactors of clubs in the Premiership and Football League to try and buy success.   In particular, many Championship clubs seek to chase glory through their cheque book, even more so now that financial fair play rules have been diluted.   It can all end with an empty wallet and a sour taste in the mouth.

New mood of optimism at Barrow AFC

There is a new mood of optimism at Barrow AFC, the successors to an historic Football League side.  The club is currently top of the Vanarama Conference North and its takeover has been successfully completed with the grant of approval by the Football Association.

It's the Vanarama Conference

The Football Conference have announced Vanarama as title sponsor for the 2014/15 season.  The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15.

Another Conference North club in trouble

Following the resignation of Vauxhall Motors from the Skrill North, Histon are the latest club to encounter difficulties.  The club's board of directors has announced that they are to resign at the end of the month. Five of the six largest shareholders have agreed to relinquish their shares, which are essentially worthless, to make way for new investors.

However, Angelo Dama who holds 31 per cent of the shares is holding out.   He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that he felt that the club had been struggling for two years and should have asked for help before now.

Worcester City under threat

The future of Worcester City football club is under threat. It's always questionable whether a club should sell its ground without having a new one to go to. Next season there will be a ground share at Kidderminster which is not an easy journey from Worcester (not least because it means coping with the joys of the Kiddy ring road).

Search for new Conference sponsor is on

With the completion of the takeover of loss-making Blue Square by Betfair, the search for a new sponsor for the Football Conference is on. Indeed, the Football League does not have a headline sponsor for next season. Undoubtedly a sponsor will be found in both cases: the real question is how much they are prepared to pay.

Gloucester City AFC get eviction warning

Gloucester City AFC have been told by Cheltenham Town to pay £20,000 they owe in rent and other expenses or they will be evicted from their ground share at Whaddon Road by the end of the month.

The club are thought to owe three months' rent.   They have had difficulty in attracting more than a few hundred to midweek games.   As the most southerly football club in the Blue Square North they also face long away trips such as the 500-mile round trip to Workington in Cumbria last Saturday.

Worcester agree to ground share

After protracted negotiations, Worcester City have agreed an initially one year ground share deal with Kidderminster Harriers.   It is believed that City will pay a four figure fee per game.    Their historic ground at St.George's Lane is due to be demolished at the end of the season.

Fans frustrated by the delay in building a new ground at Nunnery Way have put in place plans to construct a scaled-down stadium at Perdiswell.

Big projected loss at fan run club

Fan-run Chester FC look set to lose £75,000 this season.   The BSB North leaders made a profit of £107,826 in their first season after they were formed following the winding up of one time Football League club Chester City.   Last season they made a small loss of £2,970.