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The Rushden dream is over

Max Griggs merged Irthlingborough Diamonds and Rushden Town to form Rushden and Diamonds.  He built a new football stadium by the River Nene in Irthlingborough called Nene Park.   Rushden and Diamonds made their way from the non-league system to one season in League 1.   I saw them play Queens Park Rangers at Nene Park which was good enough for that level of football.

Bulls get another reprieve

The long drawn out saga of Hereford United has seen the club given another seven days by the High Court to sort out its financial affairs and pay its debts.  

The club says that new investment is coming in, but the question is whether it is happening quickly enough given that Revenue and Customs want the £170,000 they are owed.   The former management team is also owed money.  It is evident that the patience of the court is wearing thin.

Finding a league sponsor

It's not so easy to find someone to sponsor a league, especially in the non-league system.   The returns are more diffuse than sponsoring a club.   Local businesses are often willing to support a non-league club.  One of their directors may also serve on the club board or their employees may play for the club.

Bulls on the Brink

Hereford United, expelled from the Conference and playing in the Southern Premier League, are once again on the verge of going out of business.

The Bulls tried to agree a Company Voluntary Arrangement with creditors, but there was insufficient support.  In particular, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which is owed £170,000, refused to agree. For some time now the tax authorities have lost their patience with football clubs them using them as a free credit card at the expense of other taxpayers.

Good news for Nuneaton fans

In 2008 Nuneaton Borough folded.   The replacement club, Nuneaton Town, still referred as to 'Boro' by fans, was demoted two divisions.   They have fought their way back to the Conference and have had some good news for the start of the season.

Salisbury City 'stitched up' by FA and Conference

Salisbury City fans understandably feel aggrieved after their appeal against expulsion from the Conference South was dismissed by the Football Association a few days before the start of the season. They consider that they were 'stitched up' by the FA and the Football Conference.

Betting ban could hit volunteers

Following scandals involving a very small minority of players, from the start of this season no player, manager or club official in the professional game or from Step 4 or above in the non-league system is allowed to bet directly or indirectly on any football match or competition.

This is not just in their own league but any market including results, transfers, team selection, employment of managers, bet in play etc.   The rules that were in force before August 1st excluded any player or official of a club from betting in any competition in which the club participated.

Aldershot Town out of administration

Aldershot Town have exited administration, having settled all outstanding debts with the club's remaining credtors and completed their Company Voluntary Arrangement under a year after being taken over.

While they were in administration, they weren't entitled to a share of the Conference's central funding, so receiving that again will be a big boost.   They have also managed to cut overheads by about 60 per cent in a bid to put the club on a more stable financial footing.

The contradictions of football in Kent

For many people Kent is a county they rush through on their way to the Channel Tunnel or the Channel ports.   Despite being bisected by high speed trains and motorways, it has some very attractive countryside and major tourist attractions such as Leeds Castle.

There are some excellent beaches, but many of the coastal towns have had a struggle to recover from the decline of British seaside resorts.   Whitstable has moved up market and Margate is undergoing a process of regeneration that still has a long way to go.

It's the Vanarama Conference

The Football Conference have announced Vanarama as title sponsor for the 2014/15 season.  The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15.