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Cash flow problems as 'tiny' club push for league status

Alfreton Town are currently third in the Football Conference and therefore have a chance of promotion to the Football League. The Derbyshire town has a population, counting surrounding villages, of around 25,000 and the attendance at Saturday's game was just over 800. Table topping Luton Town can easily attract 6,000 or 7,000.

Maidstone hot up 3G War

The Football Conference could face a big legal bill as Maidstone United step up their battle to be allowed to play on a 3G pitch next year. They are currently top of the Ryman Premier, with financially challenged Dulwich Hamlet on the same number of points.

There is something of a chicken game in the threats of legal action as Maidstone would prefer to settle out of court. Conference chairman Brian Lee has used the pejorative term 'blackmail'. Anyone is entitled to take legal action if they think they have a case, although I am not convinced that the Maidstone case is that strong.

Quakers going home

Plans to bring football back to Darlington are pressing ahead, according to officials at the club. A planning application is expected to go into the council in a few weeks for permission to make some changes at the Blackwell Meadows site owned by Darlington Rugby Football Club.

Conference need new sponsors

The Football Conference is seeking a new sponsor after confirming its three-year deal with money transfer company Skrill will end after just 12 months. Skrill agreed a deal with the league in July 2013, ending a two-month search for a sponsor of its three divisions which clearly was far from easy.

The two parties have now mutually agreed to end their arrangement. "Skrill has undergone a number of changes and will be aligning any future sponsorship activity to its global strategy," a Conference statement read. Presumably a global strategy and English non-league football don't line up.

Badgers may be culled

The Badgers, as Evo-Stik NPL DIvision One South side Eastwood Town are known, may have played their last game. Their last two matches have been cancelled. In 2011 they came fourth in the Conference North, but could not enter the play offs because of ground grading issues.

Maidstone United threaten legal action over 3G pitches

One time Football League club and Ryman Premier league leaders Maidstone United are contemplating legal action after the Football Conference voted not to permit 3G pitches in the top two tiers of the non-league system. The proposal to allow the synthetic surface was defeated by 21 votes to 11.

Hereford United avoid winding up order

Hereford United have avoided a winding up order by settling their outstanding bill with HM Revenue & Customs. However, they are not out of the wood as they have wages to pay at the end of the month and a further tax bill to meet in the not too far distant future.

In a statement on the club website the board said, 'As well as our continued work to reduce costs on a day to day basis, we also need to increase fundraising activates to generate around £10,000 extra per month for the remaining months of the season.'

Financial struggle for cathedral city team

Ely City is the oldest senior football team in Cambridgeshire having been founded in 1885. The club plays in the premier division of the Eastern Counties League. However, it is now facing financial difficulties, which is perhaps not surprising given that the population of the Fenland cathedral city is just over 15,000 and the surrounding countryside is relatively thinly populated.

Keeping a Conference club going

The chairman of Hereford United, David Keyte, has issued a statement on the club's website explaining its financial position. It is unusual in terms of the amount of detail that it provides about the financial challenges facing a Conference club struggling to survive.

In particular it brings out the consequences of relegation and has sensitive revenue is to a relatively small fall in attendances or even the loss of one match that could be expected to attract a good crowd.

Hereford face winding up order

Hereford United have spoken to an administrator over their financial woes, admits chairman David Keyte. Keyte says United have sought the advice of an administrator ‘should the worst scenario actually be necessary’. He has issued a new appeal for fresh investment.