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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.

Are Crawley a moneybags club?

Crawley Town, who face Derby County in the FA Cup at home tonight, is often accused of being a moneybags club, buying its way to the Football League.   But an in depth report suggests that the reality may be rather different.

Wrexham deny asset stripping charges

The owners of Wrexham have emphatically denied charges of asset stripping over a controversial plan to sell the Racecourse Ground to a new company and lease it back.   More than 1,500 people have signed an online petition against the move.  Wrexham chairman Ian Roberts has said that if he receives the position he will 'stick it in the drawer'.

Cambridge United up for sale

Blue Square Bet premier club Cambridge United has been up for sale by chairman Paul Barry and director Adrian Hanauer.   Seattle-based businessman Barry is willing to sell up to someone who can secure the long-term future of the club which is in need of new investment.

Is Zamaretto Central a M25 league?

Atherstone Town are dropping out of the Step 4 Zamaretto Central league next season into the Step 5 Midland Central.   They argue that they cannot afford the cost of travel to away matches which costs them £10,000 a year.

Manager Dale Belford has complained that the Zamaretto Central is effectively a M25 league.   There are 12 clubs within a 25-mile radius of the ground of Ashford (Middlesex) Town.   The Adders claim that they are losing out on local derbies which would give them an attendance boost.

Billingham Town survive

A few non-league clubs have not survived 2010, but more have pulled back from the brink of extinction.  The latest example is Billingham Town after League 1 Hartlepool United withdrew a winding up petition against the Northern League club.

Hartlepool's reserves play at Billingham's Bedford Terrace stadium and Pool claim that Town's former owners entered into an agreement to share pitch and facilities maintenance costs.   They were demanding payment of £11,000 and there would also have been court costs of £18,000.

Former league clubs find it hard in Conference

Former Football League clubs are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet in the Conference and a campaign is gaining momentum to have three up from the Blue Square Bet Premier with two automatic promotion places.  I don't see it getting anywhere because League 2 clubs would not want to increase their chances of relegation to the non-league system.