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Phoenix clubs face tougher climate

Phoenix clubs which have been re-formed after clubs have run into financial trouble have been an increasingly prominent feature of non-league football.   Recent examples include Nuneaton Town (replacing Nuneaton Borough), Farnborough Town (replacing Farnborough) and AFC Telford (replacing Telford).

Supporters' bid at Wrexham hits snags

Wrexham fans have been second to none in their long drawn out battle to save their club and put it on a sound footing.   Today some of them are climbing Snowdon in a bid to raise another £20,000 and, assuming that the weather is as unseasonable as it is in the Midlands (rain and strong winds) that will be no stroll up the mountainside.

What it costs to run a non-league club

Even at the third tier of the non-league, football clubs cost quite a lot of money to run.  The annual accounts of the club in which I am involved were recently published for the year to 30 June 2010.  One fact that immediately stands out is that even at this level player renumeration accounted for 65 per cent of turnover.

Vaughan is not involved at Stockport

The new owners of Stockport County are yet to be revealed.   Unsubstantiated rumours have been circulating that disgraced former Chester City owner Steven Vaughan is involved.   Some tenuous links between him and consortium spokesman Tony Evans may have led to the rumours.   Evans is a consultant for GT Law the Liverpool insurance claims specialists who have just signed a shirt sponsorship deal for Stockport.   In May they also agreed to sponsor Liverpool boxer Rocky Fielding who is part of a stable managed by Vaughan.

Diamonds fans plan phoenix club

Rushden and Diamonds have gone into administration with debts said to be around £750,000.  The club's appeal against expulsion from the Football Conference has been abandoned and they failed to meet the conditions for admission to the Southern League Premier Division.

No Chester link at Stockport

Anthony Evans, a Liverpool-born 27-year old sales consultant at GT Law, a firm of Essex solicitors, is heading up the consortium that plans to buy Stockport County.   The identity of the consortium members is unknown but Evans has emphatically denied rumours that one of the investors is Stephen Vaughan, the controversial former owner of Chester City.   Vaughan was jailed for 15 months in August for assaulting a police officer.

New owners and star manager at Stockport County

Stockport County were relegated to the Conference at the end of last season after 105 years in the Football League, but now they have new owners and a new manager in the shape of former Premiership and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann in his first managerial post.

Guernsey gets ready for mainland challenge

Organising competitive football on an island can be a big challenge.   The ultimate example of this is the Isles of Scilly where just two teams play each other week after week whether it is the league or the cup.   Even on Guernsey in the Channel Islands where there is a population of 60,000 there are only seven teams in the league.

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.