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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Kettering Town have had their winding-up order rescinded at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.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.

Knitters unravelled?

Former Hinckley United chairman Keith Downes has urged the club to negotiate with him as they face a winding up order in court in Birmingham on Friday. Downes, as trustee of the family pension fund, claims that they are owed over £187,000 due to unpaid rent on the building behind the main stand which houses the boardroom, club office, changing rooms and bar

The challenge of running island teams

The football season will be starting on the Isles of Scilly in a few weeks' time when the summer tourist trade is over. Each Sunday two teams, Garrison Gunners and Woolpack Wanderers, will play each other in the league or various cups (starting with the equivalent of the community shield) at the Garrison Field stadium on the main island of St.Mary's.

Kettering Town wound up

Football clubs often go into administration to reorganise at the expense of creditors, but they are rarely liquidated, but that is what has happened to Kettering Town. The club was once one of the giants of non-league football and seen as a possible entrant to the Football League in the days when that was done by voting.

Asian takeover at Alfreton?

The acquistion of Ebbsfleet United by Kuwaiti investors suggested that foreign takeovers were starting to spread to non-league clubs.   But Ebbsfleet is located in a relatively prosperous area on the outskirts of London.  No one predicted that Alfreton Town would be the next target.