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Setback for FC United's plans

FC United have received a blow to their plans to move to a new stadium at Newton Heath which was where Manchester United originated.  The plan to build a £3.5m 5,000 capacity stadium at Ten Acres Lane is being reviewed by Manchester City Council after severe cutbacks in government funding.


The club has raised £1.3m of the £1.5m they aim to secure through their community share offer.  The City Council remain committed to find the club a new home by 2012.

The financial challenge to non-league clubs

In recent months we have highlighted the way in which non-league clubs have been hit hard by the recession.   Cash flow is vital to them and many have been hit hard by losing Saturday matches due to the winter weather.  A number have disappeared altogether, Windsor & Eton being the most recent example.

New financial crisis hits Darlo

Darlington FC has been plunged into a new financial crisis and the future of the club has been placed in jeopardy.  Chairman Raj Singh has said that he may walk away from the club after the holding company that owns the club's Northern Echo Arena stadium and the surrounding land was placed into receivership.   He is thought to be putting £20,000 a week into the club.

Stags make progress in ground battle

Mansfield Town look as if they are making progress in their battle to regain control of their Field Mill ground.  Their legal dispute with landlord Keith Haslam has been referred by the county court to the High Court.


The judge also ruled that Haslam would not be able to attempt to repossess Field Mill until the counter-claim of current owner John Radford is resolved.  The Stags will pay rent for this season and next in two £95,000 instalments into an account jointly controlled by both men.

The plot thickens at Wrexham

Controversial former Chester City owner Stephen Vaughan has admitted that he was part of a consortium seeking to take over Wrexham FC.   The bid by Van Morton Investments was pulled last week because of adverse publicity, but Vaughan has said that his interest could be reactivated.  Apparently, a 'retail cosmetics magnate' was also involved in the bid.

Efforts to save Kiddy draw strong response

Football fans have rallied round Kidderminster Harriers in their hour of need.   Nearly 3,000 fans responded to an appeal by turning up to Saturday's match against Altrincham and an appeal on Facebook and Twitter has raised £16,844.

Kiddy on the brink

Kidderminster Harriers are on the brink of administration.  They face a winding-up petition in the High Court on Februart 23rd over £16,000 owed to Revenue and Customs, the first instalment of a £83,00 debt.  Their total debt is thought to be around £300,000.  The club's bank account has been frozen.   The players have not received their wages for January.

Royalists wound up

Zamaretto Premier League club Windsor and Eton have been wound up in the High Court.  The winding up order against the Royalists was brought by the roundheads of Revenue and Customs over a £60,000 tax debt.   However, this was the tip of the iceberg with the club's total debts being around £250,000.

Island football comes of age

A new island football club, Guernsey FC, is planning to join the English non-league pyramid next season starting in Division 1 of the Combined Counties League (CCL) at Step 6.   Last September Guernsey represented England in the UEFA Regions Cup held in Croatia after winning the National League Systems Cup.


Crowds of more than 2,000 regularly turn out for matches with Channel Island rivals Jersey and 500 are anticipated for home CCL games with up to 30-40 travelling to the mainland.   It is hoped to arrange discounted travel for visiting fans.

Wages not paid at Welling

The financial problems of Blue Square South club Welling United continue and now the players and management have expressed their concern publicly about the late payment of wages, to the annoyance of owner Barry Hobbins.


Having met tax debts through a whip round among supporters, Welling lost revenue as a result of the winter weather, including a potentially lucrative Christmas fixture.