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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.

A new source of funding?

Quite often I get letters in the post asking me if I have made a will and would I like to leave a legacy to this or that charity.   Even my old school sent me a glossy brochure and an invitation to donate.  But it's rare for football fans to leave money to their clubs.   Quite reasonably they might think it would be wasted on expensive players who contributed little.

It's not kicking off at the Bloaters

Most of the first team at Great Yarmouth Town, known as the Bloaters, have gone on strike.  At the level of the Ridgeons Premier Division (aka the Eastern Counties League), players are normally paid in the form of expenses such as a mileage allowance.    Players are claiming that they are owed £5,000 for petrol to get to away matches (presumably there is no coach).

Stags return home

Mansfield Town will return to their Field Mill ground on Boxing Day when (weather permitting) they will play another former league club Grimsby Town.   Chairman John Radford has reached an agreement with landlord Keith Haslam.

Adders hit problems

Atherstone Town have announced that they are resigning from the Zamaretto League from the end of this season and dropping down a level in the non-league pyramid to join the Midland Alliance.  They probably have to travel as much as another Warwickshire club in the Zamaretto Premiership, Leamington, and attract much smaller gates.