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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.

Margate aim for Football League

Ryman Premier League club Margate FC hope to close to joining the Football League in three years time following a takeover. New owner Bob Laslett is a former Wolves director and heads Chaucer, a global consultancy company based in Kent.

Laslett has provided the funds for the much needed redevelopment of the club's Hartsdown Park stadium. The work will start in February and should be completed in twelve months. There are also plans for a hotel.

Phoenix club plans at Hinckley

Senior football could return to Hinckley next season after 150 people turned up at the first meeting aimed a creating a new club. Fans of Hinckley United, who went out of business in October, have formed a working group with the aim of creating a community team.

They will now contact the Football Association in the hope of getting a team off the ground which would play at the same sort of level as Nuneaton Griff and Atherstone Town.

Poppies survive, Knitters disappear

Kettering Town have had their winding-up order rescinded at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The Poppies were appealing the decision to wind the club up over a debt of £58,000 owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd a month ago.

The winding-up order has been rescinded and is set to be dismissed in 28 days, subject to Kettering paying off the agreed amount with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

The club has had to pay more than it originally expected. However, supporters from around the world rallied round and along with the Poppies' Supporters Trust raised £20,000 towards the costs.