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Two non-league clubs survive

Two non-league clubs that were on the brink of folding, Welling United and Windsor & Eton, have managed to survive at the last minute.

In the case of Welling in South-East London they originally owed Revenue and Customs £97,000.   They managed to pay off £37,000, but were facing a winding up order in the High Court tomorrow.   Their supporters rallied round and managed to pay off the remaining £60,000.

Danes swoop for non-league club

Foreign takeovers have moved into the world of non-league football.   Danish company Fodboldsekskabet have looked at many clubs and were pipped to the post at Chester by a fans' revival.   But now they have got their heart's desire by becoming joint owners at Ryman Premier outfit Croydon Athletic. 

Royalists face axe

It now looks increasingly likely that Windsor & Eton will be wound up in the High Court on Wednesday.  They will follow the likes of Ilkeston, Chester and King's Lynn who have all closed in the last year, while Welling United is in danger.  

Stags at bay

It is unclear where Mansfield Town will play at the weekend after they were locked out of their own ground.   Alfreton's Impact Arena, Eastwood Town and Notts County have all been considered.   However, it looks increasingly likely that the Stags will use Ilkeston Town's ground.   It is not in use following the club's dissolution earlier this year and it has a capacity of just over 3,000, although one stand is locked out

Weather outlook worries clubs

With temperatures forecast to fall this week, smaller clubs who do not have undersoil heating are increasingly worried about the impact on their finances.   The cheaper solution of frost covers, which the Football League insists on, cannot cope with very low temperatures or a large covering of snow.  Even if the pitch can be cleared, conditions outside the ground may be judged too dangerous for the crowd.

Rushden and Diamonds Football Club sold

Conference club Rushden and Diamonds has been sold by its current owner who does not think that he has the financial resources to secure promotion which he believes the new owners do have.   The new owner is Gary Calder, former Weymouth chief executive.   The sale price has not been revealed, but it is believed that chairman Keith Cousins has written off his loa

55-0 defeat

The record for the worst result in British football which has stood since the 19th century has been broken after Illogan defeated Madron 55-0 in a match in the top division of the Mining League which is a feeder league to the Cornish Combination.  Apparently, Madron turned up with seven players and no recognised keeper.  Quite how they keep their reserve team going is unclear.

New stadium for Dolphins?

After a 17-year search Poole Town may have at last found an acceptable location for a new stadium.  A proposal was turned down by the local council last year, but a new site has been found on the outskirts of the town where a £2m development could take place.

Bucks aim for Football League

AFC Telford are the latest club to announce that their ambition is to reach the Football League, despite their predecessor club going out of business.   The Blue Square Bet North club was a phoenix club formed after Telford United, a founder member of the Conference, went into liquidation with the collapse of benefactor Andy Shaw's businesses in 2004.

Conference clubs owe less to taxman

The 67 Blue Square league clubs owe £1.2m less to Revenue and Customs than this time last year.  The Conference understandably credits its Financial Reporting Initiative under which clubs have to make quarterly financial returns for this achievement.