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Poppies in jeopardy

Fears are growing for the future of Kettering Town with a takeover announced last week by Cambridge-based Weymouth owner George Rolls yet to go through.  Rolls is reported to be running out of patience with Kettering chairman Imran Ladak.

County secure loan

Stockport County FC have secured a £180,000 loan from the local council against an outstanding tranche of a transfer payment.

Whilst this will deal with any immediate cash flow problems, questions remain surrounding the football club's finances.  The wage bill has been slashed following the departure of a number of players and recent average attendances have increased to 3,700, well above a supposed 2,500 break even point in the club's business plan.

Does moving stadium make sense?

A new research-based sports blog makes a careful assessment of the pros and cons of moving to a new stadium with particular reference to the cases of Southampton and Lincoln City.   Both push and pull factors may be involved.

Vics hope to stay at ground

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Northwich Victoria hope to stay at the Victoria Ground until the end of the season.   Last week they were served with an eviction notice by receivers Deloitte Touche from the ground which was only built in 2005 and has a 5,000 capacity.   Witton Albion's ground is 500 yards away.

Darlo deadline day

Darlington's stay of execution secured by the Rescue Group comes to an end tomorrow.  The extension raised over £100,000 in gate receipts but with debts of nearly £500,000 an investor has to be found.

Cash boost for Lincoln

Financially troubled Lincoln City have received a cash boost of £500,000.   The club took a big hit when it was relegated from the Football League with an estimated loss of £1m in revenues.   The money has been raised through share sales to individuals and businesses already associated with the club including the Supporters' Trust.   The money is likely to be used to meet running expenses.

Darlo still alive - just

Despite having the contracts of all players and staff terminated by the administrator, Darlington FC are still alive - just.   It is believed that it would be possible within Blue Square Premiership rules to re-hire them for Saturday's match.

Glimmer of hope at Darlo

There is a glimmer of hope that troubled Darlington FC may yet survive.  The administrator is to hold talks tomorrow with a mystery consortium from outside the area to see if they could be valid bidders.  Adam Pearson, the owner of Hull rugby league club, has denied that he is involved.

Two Conference clubs in trouble

Two Blue Square Bet Premiership clubs are in real danger  of going out of business, an outcome that would be highly disruptive for the non-league top flight and would occur in spite of the league's efforts to rein excessive spending by clubs.   In both cases a common factor is owners who have been unable to live up to earlier promises.

Finding a buyer for Darlo will not be easy

The financial situation at Darlington has been described as 'dire' and joint administrator Harvey Madden fears that it will not be easy to find a buyer for the club given the amount of debt that has to be paid off including football debts which have to be given priority.