Skip to main content

"If you want some accessible but informative insight into football then I suggest you couldn't do better than the Political Economy of Football website, which is not only intelligible but comes with the added bonus of being written by Addicks fan Wyn Grant."
Ben Hayes - Charlton Athletic programme

Non-league

Share/Save

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. 

It all kicks off at Kiddy

Administration is a real threat at Conference outfit at Kidderminster Harriers, but meanwhile a power struggle for control has broken out between former members of the board and those currently in charge.   The club could also face a points penalty if they are found to have broken Conference rules on financial reporting at a hearing next week.

Stags crisis deepens

Having played a FA Trophy match against also homeless Worksop at Ilkeston Town's out-of-use New Manor Ground, the crisis at Mansfield Town has deepened.  The Blue Square Bet Premiership has told them that they cannot play league matches there or at Alfreton Town's ground.   They could face a fine and a points deduction

Conference clubs face financial charges

The Football Conference has been trying to keep a tighter rein on the way which its member clubs run their finances through their Financial Reporting Initiative which should give early warning of any problems.  Welling United lost five points in September for failing to accurately inform the league of their finances.

Two non-league clubs survive

Two non-league clubs that were on the brink of folding, Welling United and Windsor & Eton, have managed to survive at the last minute.


In the case of Welling in South-East London they originally owed Revenue and Customs £97,000.   They managed to pay off £37,000, but were facing a winding up order in the High Court tomorrow.   Their supporters rallied round and managed to pay off the remaining £60,000.

Danes swoop for non-league club

Foreign takeovers have moved into the world of non-league football.   Danish company Fodboldsekskabet have looked at many clubs and were pipped to the post at Chester by a fans' revival.   But now they have got their heart's desire by becoming joint owners at Ryman Premier outfit Croydon Athletic. 

Royalists face axe

It now looks increasingly likely that Windsor & Eton will be wound up in the High Court on Wednesday.  They will follow the likes of Ilkeston, Chester and King's Lynn who have all closed in the last year, while Welling United is in danger.  

Stags at bay

It is unclear where Mansfield Town will play at the weekend after they were locked out of their own ground.   Alfreton's Impact Arena, Eastwood Town and Notts County have all been considered.   However, it looks increasingly likely that the Stags will use Ilkeston Town's ground.   It is not in use following the club's dissolution earlier this year and it has a capacity of just over 3,000, although one stand is locked out

Weather outlook worries clubs

With temperatures forecast to fall this week, smaller clubs who do not have undersoil heating are increasingly worried about the impact on their finances.   The cheaper solution of frost covers, which the Football League insists on, cannot cope with very low temperatures or a large covering of snow.  Even if the pitch can be cleared, conditions outside the ground may be judged too dangerous for the crowd.

Rushden and Diamonds Football Club sold

Conference club Rushden and Diamonds has been sold by its current owner who does not think that he has the financial resources to secure promotion which he believes the new owners do have.   The new owner is Gary Calder, former Weymouth chief executive.   The sale price has not been revealed, but it is believed that chairman Keith Cousins has written off his loa