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More clubs delay pay

Conference outfit Kettering Town FC are the latest football club to pay players late.  They were due payment last Tuesday but got 50 per cent then and the remaining 50 per cent on Friday.  The club is owed a substantial amount of money by a sponsor.

FC United find new stadium site

FC United Manchester have found a new location for their planned 5,000-capacity stadium.   A deal to build on Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath was torpedoed by local government funding cutbacks.  However, with the approval of Manchester City Council's executive committee, the club have selected the Ronald Johnson playing fields in nearby Moston as their new home.   The Red Rebels currently play at the Giggs Lane home of League Two club Bury.

Not getting your wages paid

Three clubs are currently having problems paying wages.  The situation is particularly desperate at Plymouth Argyle where no one has been paid in 2011.   Staff and players have had to sign 'deeds of deferral', forcing them either to agree to wait for pay or quit the club.

Redditch taken over

Blue Square North club Redditch United have been acquired by local businessman Chris Swan in a takeover that wipes out their debt.   The property developer had agreed to take over Kidderminster Harriers last month but pulled out because he was unsure of the true extent of their debts.


Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if Redditch can avoid relegation.  To add to their woes, the Conference gave them a five point deduction last Friday for submitting misleading information as part of the league's Financial Reporting Initiative.

Non-league attendances take hit

I was talking to the chairman of a non-league club the other day and he reckoned that attendances were down by about 20 per cent this season even where clubs were doing well on the pitch.   He thought that even the time of the month when people got paid had an effect on attendance, so squeezed were family budgets.

Halesowen Town in danger

Zamaretto Premier League team Halesowen Town FC face a real danger of going out of business after their main benefactor stopped bankrolling the club.   Godfrey Ingram took exception to an article in the Halesowen News which revealed that he was facing a lawsuit in the USA which included claims of racketeering.   He accused the paper of sensationalising a private business matter and announced his immediate in

More confusion at Wrexham

The future of Wrexham Football Club remains in disarray after hotelier Stephanie Booth withdrew her bid or, according to her account, the owners decided that they preferred former striker Ashley Ward.   Wrexham Supporters' Trust were considering a bid of their own or joining Booth's bid, but have announced that they will stand back, leaving Ward as the favoured bidder.

On pitch stunt announces prospective Wrexham owner

63-year old Stephanie Booth was announced as the preferred bidder for Wrexham yesterday in an extraordinary stunt on the pitch.  You can see video of the announcement here.   Against police advice, the local hotelier went on the pitch before the match and opened a sealed envelope from owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts.

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.