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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Kettering Town have had their winding-up order rescinded at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.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The winding-up order has been rescinded and is set to be dismissed in 28 days, subject to Kettering paying off the agreed amount with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.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.

The weight of expectation

Do fans' expectations of success differ greatly between clubs and have they changed over time? There can be no precise answer, because we lack relevant data and would find it difficult to interpret even if we did have it, but it still a question worth posing.

The perils of sponsorship

Fans of Merthyr Town FC are going to have get used to calling their club ground the Cigg-e Stadium. The non-league team has just signed a sponsorship deal with the brand of electronic cigarettes, which will run for the next three seasons.

Some have raised eyebrows at the name change, but it's not the first such relationship to be struck in UK football. E-Lites has just become the official partner of Derby County, while Birmingham City have a shirt sponsorship deal with Nicolites.

Messi, Maradona, Pele, Best and Beckham have game stopped

Messi, Pele, Maradona, David Beckham and George Best will not be playing in Farnborough's home game against Chelmsford City this afternoon or at Havant & Waterlooville on Monday. The Skrill Football Conference has called the games off.

Range of budgets in Conference

The range of playing budgets in the Skrill Premier is as big as in any league and probably bigger than in most. Forest Green and Luton are estimated to be on over £1 million a year. Benefactor club Forest Green and former League club Luton both failed to get promoted last year.

There is then a gap to the £500k-£750k range, all of them teams who at one time have played in the Football League such as relegated Barnet and Grimsby Town. However, some former league clubs are in the £250k - £500k range including Lincoln City and Hereford.

Are Celtic Nation a trojan horse?

Gillford Park were a Northern League side playing one-and-a-half miles away from Carlisle United's ground. But now they have been re-branded as Celtic Nation and questions are being asked about whether they are a Trojan horse for Celtic to enter the English league system.

They are being bankrolled by 73-year old tycoon Frank Lynch. They have already made two signings of Scottish League players, beating off competition from senior league sides to take a player from Greenock Morton.