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Cash boost for Lincoln

Financially troubled Lincoln City have received a cash boost of £500,000.   The club took a big hit when it was relegated from the Football League with an estimated loss of £1m in revenues.   The money has been raised through share sales to individuals and businesses already associated with the club including the Supporters' Trust.   The money is likely to be used to meet running expenses.

Darlo still alive - just

Despite having the contracts of all players and staff terminated by the administrator, Darlington FC are still alive - just.   It is believed that it would be possible within Blue Square Premiership rules to re-hire them for Saturday's match.

Glimmer of hope at Darlo

There is a glimmer of hope that troubled Darlington FC may yet survive.  The administrator is to hold talks tomorrow with a mystery consortium from outside the area to see if they could be valid bidders.  Adam Pearson, the owner of Hull rugby league club, has denied that he is involved.

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.