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AFC Telford make a profit

AFC Telford have made a small profit of £6,070 on turnover of £788,000.   Down from £13,000 in 2012-13, it effectively represents a break even position.   However, the Conference club deserve credit for making a profit in nine years out of ten given the losses that many clubs make, even at non-league level.

Grimsby plan for new stadium

Grimsby Town have announced plans to leave Blundell Park after 115 years.  The new ground at Peaks Parkway, just under three miles away, could be linked with supermarket and housing developments.  The club argues that they do not have a sustainable future at Blundell Park.

An online petition set up by supporters in favour of the move has received over 5,000 signatures, but not all fans are enthusiastic.   Some argue that a new stadium should not be built near a crematorium, hospice and hospital.

The woes of Hereford United

Investigative sports journalist David Conn takes an in depth look at the woes of Hereford United.   It doesn't make for happy reading, particularly in terms of the background of the public face of the club, Andrew Lonsdale.   His previous involvement with a non-league club, Feltham FC, apparently involved dumping large quantities of waste on the ground.

Bid to revive Salisbury City

Steve Claridge is involved in a bid to get Salisbury City playing football again.   Guiding the consortium is sports writer Ian Ridley for whom Claridge was player-manager at Weymouth.   Their partnership was the subject of a 'fly on the wall' television programme.  

Bulls battle on

Hereford United secured another adjournment of a winding up order at the High Court earlier this week.  It was postponed for six weeks until December 1st with the club promising £1.5m in investment.

Herefordshire Council tried to take possession of Edgar Street on Thursday evening, but were thwarted by the assistant manager who was there.   The next day they started proceedings for possession in the county court.   However, the club paid £50,000 in rent and legal fees on Friday afternoon.

New mood of optimism at Barrow AFC

There is a new mood of optimism at Barrow AFC, the successors to an historic Football League side.  The club is currently top of the Vanarama Conference North and its takeover has been successfully completed with the grant of approval by the Football Association.

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.