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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.

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.