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Aldershot Town out of administration

Aldershot Town have exited administration, having settled all outstanding debts with the club's remaining credtors and completed their Company Voluntary Arrangement under a year after being taken over.

While they were in administration, they weren't entitled to a share of the Conference's central funding, so receiving that again will be a big boost.   They have also managed to cut overheads by about 60 per cent in a bid to put the club on a more stable financial footing.

The contradictions of football in Kent

For many people Kent is a county they rush through on their way to the Channel Tunnel or the Channel ports.   Despite being bisected by high speed trains and motorways, it has some very attractive countryside and major tourist attractions such as Leeds Castle.

There are some excellent beaches, but many of the coastal towns have had a struggle to recover from the decline of British seaside resorts.   Whitstable has moved up market and Margate is undergoing a process of regeneration that still has a long way to go.

It's the Vanarama Conference

The Football Conference have announced Vanarama as title sponsor for the 2014/15 season.  The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15.

Salisbury City fights on

Salisbury City has been expelled from the Football Conference.  However, efforts continue to be made to save the club with a window of opportunity provided by the 14 days in which an appeal can be made to the Football Association against the expulsion decision.   Other clubs are to be concerned about the financial implications if the Conference South runs with 21 clubs.

Salisbury City in danger

The co-owner of Salisbury City, Mike Winter, has quit the club and there is now a real danger of the club going into liquidation.   They have until Friday to clear all football debts and pay a £50,000 bond, otherwise they will be expelled from the Football Conference.

Non-league football takes financial hit

There has been particular chaos in non-league football this summer with a number of clubs unable to continue at the level they had been playing at, notably Hereford United and Salisbury City.   This had knock on effects down the pyramid with some leagues having to play with a team short.

Debts overwhelm new Hereford owner

The size of the debts at Hereford United are over four times what new owner and property developer Tommy Agombar thought they were, £1.3m against £300,000.   Agombar was ambushed by fans coming out of a meeting and his comments about not being Roman Abramovich suggested that he may think that he has bitten off more than he can chew.

Salisbury City demoted

Salisbury City have been demoted to the Conference South after they only cleared £75,000 of their £150,00 debts and failed to provide a required bond of £50,000.

However, the club claims that the real issue is the ownership of the club by mystery businessman Otail Touzar.   They are appealing against the Conference decision and seeking legal advice on taking out an injunction against the league.

Mystery surrounds new Salisbury City owner

Although they are grateful to escape the fate of Hereford United in being expelled from the Football Conference, Salisbury City fans are somewhat bemused by their new owner.

Hereford United expelled from Conference

Hereford United have lost their battle against expulsion from the Football Conference.   Despite a number of extensions of time to give them an opportunity to sort out their finances, their debts were too big to deal with.

Speaking on the Hereford United website last night, Hereford United owner Tommy Agombar gave the following statement: