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Hereford risk being thrown out of Conference

Hereford United are at risk of being thrown out of the Football Conference.   They did submit a budget for next season, but the league is insisting on compelling evidence that they can meet their obligations and pay football creditors.

B league plan unpopular

Among the proposals from Greg Dyke's FA Commission, that for a new league for B teams has attracted most controversy.   A not uncommon response is why the lower leagues should be expected to sort out problems caused by the Premiership's 'greed'.

Under the plan there would be a new League 3 from 2016-17 with ten 'B' teams from top sides and ten Conference sides.   There would be promotion and relegation, but 'B' teams could not be promoted beyond League 1.  

Alfreton Town FC up for sale

Alfreton Town FC have been put up for sale by owner Wayne Bradley after their best ever finish in the Conference.  He feels that he has taken the football club as far as he can.

Attendances have been falling with an average of under a thousand.   Any new investor would have to ask if the club has reached the highest level that it could reasonably attain given the size and potential of its catchment area.

Football club sold for £45 on eBay

Letchworth Albion FC were put on sale on eBay and were bought by two of the players for £45.  The Hitchin Sunday League Division Two side have kept just four clean sheets in their four year history.

The state of Northants football

Football in Northamptonshire is in a bad way.  Northampton Town, who enjoyed a brief spell in the top flight, are threatened with relegation to the Conference.   Rushden and Diamonds, the product of one man's vision, are no more (apart from a phoenix club) having reached League 1.   Their Nene Park stadium lies quietly rusting, perhaps to be eventually replaced by housing.

Hereford United on the brink

Hereford United are on the brink of administration after they were served a £36,500 winding up order by HM Revenue and Customs.  Hereford's MP has asked for a degree of forbearance, but football clubs can't be exempted from meeting their tax obligations.

Football 100 years ago: Thursday football under way

This is the first of an occasional series of articles in which we look at what was happening in football one hundred years ago in the run up to the outbreak of the Great War.

In the early months of 1914, most people fortunately had no idea of what lay ahead later in the year. Their focus was rather more on how they could make the best use of their valuable spare time. The retail sector was a large employer in a town like Leamington, a medium-sized town in Warwickshire in the heart of England.

Another Conference North club in trouble

Following the resignation of Vauxhall Motors from the Skrill North, Histon are the latest club to encounter difficulties.  The club's board of directors has announced that they are to resign at the end of the month. Five of the six largest shareholders have agreed to relinquish their shares, which are essentially worthless, to make way for new investors.

However, Angelo Dama who holds 31 per cent of the shares is holding out.   He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that he felt that the club had been struggling for two years and should have asked for help before now.

The disappearance of the works side

There was a time when works teams were a familiar feature of non-league football. Westland Yeovil, Lovells Athletic, Betteshanger Colliery, where are you now? (In the latter two cases, the business folded).

In continental Europe it was not unusual for major clubs to be associated with a company, e.g., PSV Eindhoven. In Communist states, such an association was common with the armed forces and even the secret police having teams.

Non-league clubs in trouble

A number of non-league clubs are currently facing financial difficulties. This winter's wet weather has led to postponed matches and hit cash flow. When matches are rearranged for midweek, takings from the gate, bar and burger stand are often depleted.

As anticipated, Eastwood Town have folded and, elsewhere, Bashley FC are facing financial challenges. Corby Town face the threat of administration. As in the case of Eastwood, they are in dispute with the local council. Such disputes are more likely with government funding to local authorities continuing to be cut.