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Two Conference clubs in trouble

Two Blue Square Bet Premiership clubs are in real danger  of going out of business, an outcome that would be highly disruptive for the non-league top flight and would occur in spite of the league's efforts to rein excessive spending by clubs.   In both cases a common factor is owners who have been unable to live up to earlier promises.

Finding a buyer for Darlo will not be easy

The financial situation at Darlington has been described as 'dire' and joint administrator Harvey Madden fears that it will not be easy to find a buyer for the club given the amount of debt that has to be paid off including football debts which have to be given priority.

Darlo face administration again

Conference side Darlington look as if they could go into administration for the third time in nine years.  Owner Raj Singh returned from a break in Dubai only to tell players not to bother turning up for training on Friday.

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.

It all kicks off in Guernsey

Island football presents many challenges, particularly for remoter islands.   The Isles of Scilly league has just two teams which play each other every week in league and cup competitions.   The Isle of Man has staged a tournament involving mainland football clubs before the start of the season.   The Isle of Wight has good enough connections with the mainland to have teams competing in the non-league system.

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.