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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.

Truro City saved at the last minute

I have rarely seen as many twists and turns in the saga of a football club in trouble, but Truro City have been saved from expulsion from the Conference at the last minute.   An initial 12 noon deadline was extended to 17.00 BST.

Can Hereford United avoid administration?

As it so happens, I had a pleasant day out in the mild autumn weather in Herefordshire yesterday.  The road signs at the county border showing a bull and a 'we can' slogan got me thinking about the fate of Hereford United.   When I got home there was an e-mail directing me a statement by the club about its financial plight.

Truro City given another chance

Truro City now seem to have been given more reprieves than the average prisoner on an American death row.   The latest stay of execution is for one week.

To be fair to the Conference, who held an emergency board meeting to discuss the issue, it's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't.   The Conference have been criticised for giving clubs too much rope, but also for doing not enough to help them.

The end of Truro City Football Club

Truro City Football Club has been suspended from the Football Conference and is now likely to be liquidated.  The football authorities bent over backwards to help the club, extending the final deadline by half an hour.  But although the club was able to produce a £10,000 bond from Cornwall County Council to fund its next run of games, this was well short of the £50,000 the Conference required.