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Could Rangers join Conference?

Blue Square Conference clubs are discussing whether to invite Rangers to join their league.   Rangers are unhappy about a planned restructuring of the Scottish leagues that would see them languishing in the bottom division even if they won the third division this year.

Conference may need new sponsor

The Conference may be looking for a new sponsor with the future of Blue Square Bet in doubt.   The future of Blue Square Bet , who are in their sixth season of sponorship, is being reviewed by owners Rank Group.   The business is running at an operating loss and Rank wants to concentrate its resources on its bingo and casino activities.

Worcester City face stadium blow

Worcester City FC have had a plea to stay at their century old home at St.George's Lane until building work starts turned down by the developers.   They will have to move out at the end of the season.

It looks as if they will ground share with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.   Evesham United have a brand new ground but it does not come up to Conference standard.

Histon's future in doubt

Histon FC failed to play their fixture at Colwyn Bay on Saturday and the future of the Cambridgeshire village side who reached the Conference is now in doubt.    On 177 turned up for their last home game, a FA Trophy tie against Boreham Wood.

The club is seeking professional advice on their future today.    This follows a court case last week in which they were asked to pay an unspecified four figure sum to their chief executive Alan Soraff who left the club in 2010.

Darlo plan to return home

Darlington 1883 are making plans to return to their home town.  The Quakers want to secure the future of the club by returning to a stadium in Darlington in the next three years, although they admit it is a long shot.   They also have a six year objective to return to the Blue Square Bet Premier which will take three promotions from the Northern League.

Kettering Town FC given stay of execution

After yet another deadline was missed, Kettering Town FC have been given a further stay of execution by the Southern Premier League.  This weekend's game against Barwell has been called off, but the club has had its transfer embargo lifted so that it can recruit players and field a side.

Knitters try to unravel debts

Many non-league clubs are finding the recession challenging.  At my own non-league club, a spell without home games has impaired cash flow, although we do have reserves and have had some success in renting out the clubhouse.

Hinckley United, who carry the historic nickname of the Knitters, have faced financial troubles for the last two years and the preceding four months have been particularly challenging.   They still need £80,000 to pay off their creditors as well as £6,000 to lift their transfer embargo.

Pie high

Kidderminster Harriers have defended their £4 pies against criticism that they are the most expensive football grub in the country.   However, the club argues that the 'home baked' cottage pies are a meal in themselves.

Bargain basement football

The recent financial troubles of Hereford United raise questions about just how much it does cost to run a club in the lower divisions, interpreted here to mean League 2 and the Conference.

Consider wages first.   I have been told not that a not untypical wage in the Conference is £500 a week. Interestingly that is equivalent to the median gross (before tax) wage in the UK which was £501 a week in 2011 (and probably hasn't changed much since then).

Jersey will not do a Guernsey

Football rivalry between Guernsey and Jersey is intense.   This is reflected in the interest that surrounds the annual Muratti Cup competition which has not seen the island of Alderney in the final for a long time. The less populated island of Guernsey has stolen a march over its neighbour by an entering a highly successful team in the English non-league system.