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Salisbury phoenix club hits problems

The successor club to Salisbury City, Salisbury FC, are facing big problems in their effort to revive non-league football in the cathedral city.   It doesn't look as if they can start playing again next August.

Co-op Bank pull the plug on Lincoln City

Doubt has been cast on the future of Lincoln City after the Co-op Bank said that it would be severing all ties with the club.   The bank has instructed the club to sell its property assets to meet a debt of £380,000. Around 80 per cent of that sum makes up the club's overdraft and working capital facility.

The club's board has spent the last year unsuccessfully purusing alternative financing arrangements.  The club is operating at a loss of £3,000 a week.

Ebbsfleet plan stadium revamp

Ebbsfleet United's stadium at Stonebridge Road is over 100 years ols and the club is planning a major revamp.   Each stand would be replaced over the next few years at a cost of £3m.   Work on the first phase, replacing the stand along Stonebridge Road, would start at the end of the current season if planning permission can be secured.   Capacity would increase from 4,000 to 6,000.

American takeover at Bradford PA

One time Football League club Bradford Park Avenue are the latest Conference club to experience an American takeover.   Barrow and Alfreton Town already have investors from the US.

Lease offered on Edgar Street

Herefordshire Council has said that it is prepared to offer a two year lease on Hereford United's old ground at Edgar Street.   The Hereford United Supporters' Trust is disappointed that it is only two years, although the council is prepared to extend it.

The Supporters' Trust are setting up a phoenix club to be called Hereford FC.   However, according to BBC Midlands, two other parties are also interested in taking out a lease.

Big variations in non-league budgets

It is a big temptation for benefactors of clubs in the Premiership and Football League to try and buy success.   In particular, many Championship clubs seek to chase glory through their cheque book, even more so now that financial fair play rules have been diluted.   It can all end with an empty wallet and a sour taste in the mouth.

'We want to buy a club'

Today's edition of The Non-League Paper carries the following advert: 'Small cartel of local businessmen are looking to acquire or take the majority interest in a non league football club.  Ideally in or around the M25 but all responses considered.  Our aim is to build a club both on and off the field and try to achieve League Two status.'

Kingstonian look for new ground

Kingstonian are looking for a new ground in anticipation of AFC Wimbledon's move back to Merton.  At present they get rent free use of the Kingsmeadow ground which they sold to the phoenix club in 2003.

However, the 4,700 capacity is too great for their average crowds of around 300.  Chelsea are interested in acquiring the ground for their under 21, youth and ladies teams.

Hereford United wound up

Hereford United have finally been wound up.   Owner Andy Lonsdale claimed to be on his way to court with proof of the required £1m in funds having been deposited in a bank, but said that he was stuck in traffic.   The judge, clearly exasperated, said that this was not good enough.

Last chance saloon for Hereford

The winding up order against Hereford United has been adjourned once again.   This is the ninth adjournment.   They have until Friday to prove that they have £1m to pay creditors.

Owner Andy Lonsdale has said that it will be 'sorted' by Friday afternoon when the hearing resumes.  That remains to be seen.