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Evo-Stik moves south

After two years as the Zamaretto League, the Southern League has recruited Evo-Stik as its new sponsors.  They already sponsor the Northern Premier League where their deal is reportedly worth £150,000 a year.  The Southern League will receive an estimated £100,000, a great improvement on the £35,000 a year provided by Zamaretto.

Will Kettering emerge in a new form?

Rushden and Diamonds have appealed against their expulsion from the Blue Square Bet Premiership.   Their potential Japanese investors are only interested if they retain their Conference status.   However, it is difficult to see their appeal succeeding in which case Kettering will move into the Nene Park stadium at Irthlingborough, some eight miles from their current base at Rockingham Road.

Nimby threat to FC United plans

FC United are working to overcome any opposition from 'Nimbys' opposed to their proposed new stadium in Moston.   Residents in a neighbourhood are always uncertain about a new football stadium because of concern about the possible effect on house prices and parking problems.  Certainly the local impact of the proposed 5,000 seater stadium would not be trivial.

Tight margins at Bath City FC

Bath is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain.   I organised a conference there a few years ago and the foreign visitors were enchanted.   The town exudes an air of prosperity, although no doubt there are pockets of poverty as there are everywhere.

Kettering Town FC may move to Nene Park

It looks increasingly unlikely that Rushden and Diamonds can be saved.   Even if a phoenix club can be formed, it will not be in time for next season.

Diamonds get a reprieve

The winding-up order brought against Rushden & Diamonds has been adjourned for 21 days.  This will give potential Japanese investors a chance to show their hand.   Having spent a long time now observing events of this kind, I am always cautious about mystery investors, but let's hope for Diamonds fans that it works out.

Rushden & Diamonds expelled from Conference

Financially troubled Rushden & Diamonds have been expelled from the Conference.  A full statement issued by the club can be found here.


This looks like the end of the dream realised by former owner Max Griggs that saw the Northamptonshire club win the League 2 championship, have one season in League 1 and play the likes of QPR, now in the Premier League.

Part-time or not?

There was a time when all non-league football clubs were 'semi-professional' i.e., players had other jobs.  Sometimes these were cushy jobs at firms owned by directors.  This particularly applied to 'works' teams affiliated to a particular factory, much less common these days.  However, no one earned their living just through football.

Rushden fans raise £50,000

Rushden and Diamonds have now raised £50,000 in their bid to save the Northamptonshire club.   They are trying to raise £250,000 to stave off the threat of liquidation when two winding-up petitions are heard next month.   It looks as if there were be a clearer view of what is likely to happen within the next week.   If Diamonds do go under, the money will be used to start a phoenix club.

Wombles ready for Football League

I know that many football fans were delighted to see AFC Wimbledon win promotion to the Football League in a penalty shoot out yesterday.   It's been a remarkable story and a great victory for fan power.   However, I do feel sorry for Luton Town who have also been victims of the football authorities.  They don't deserve to be playing in the Conference and they are only doing so because of some harsh treatment.