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The weight of expectation

Do fans' expectations of success differ greatly between clubs and have they changed over time? There can be no precise answer, because we lack relevant data and would find it difficult to interpret even if we did have it, but it still a question worth posing.

The perils of sponsorship

Fans of Merthyr Town FC are going to have get used to calling their club ground the Cigg-e Stadium. The non-league team has just signed a sponsorship deal with the brand of electronic cigarettes, which will run for the next three seasons.

Some have raised eyebrows at the name change, but it's not the first such relationship to be struck in UK football. E-Lites has just become the official partner of Derby County, while Birmingham City have a shirt sponsorship deal with Nicolites.

Messi, Maradona, Pele, Best and Beckham have game stopped

Messi, Pele, Maradona, David Beckham and George Best will not be playing in Farnborough's home game against Chelmsford City this afternoon or at Havant & Waterlooville on Monday. The Skrill Football Conference has called the games off.

Range of budgets in Conference

The range of playing budgets in the Skrill Premier is as big as in any league and probably bigger than in most. Forest Green and Luton are estimated to be on over £1 million a year. Benefactor club Forest Green and former League club Luton both failed to get promoted last year.

There is then a gap to the £500k-£750k range, all of them teams who at one time have played in the Football League such as relegated Barnet and Grimsby Town. However, some former league clubs are in the £250k - £500k range including Lincoln City and Hereford.

Are Celtic Nation a trojan horse?

Gillford Park were a Northern League side playing one-and-a-half miles away from Carlisle United's ground. But now they have been re-branded as Celtic Nation and questions are being asked about whether they are a Trojan horse for Celtic to enter the English league system.

They are being bankrolled by 73-year old tycoon Frank Lynch. They have already made two signings of Scottish League players, beating off competition from senior league sides to take a player from Greenock Morton.

Football Conference finds sponsor

With little over a fortnight to go to the start of the season the Football Conference has found a new title sponsor for the next three seasons - global online payment company Skrill. The newly named leagues will now be known as The Skrill Premier, The Skrill North and The Skrill South.

Conference's sponsorship dilemma

The Football League did not find it easy to secure a new sponsorship after the end of the npower contract, but eventually concluded a dual deal this week. The Conference face a similar dilemma following the end of the Blue Square Bet deal and time to secure a new sponsor is running out.

What fate for Aldershot Town?

The fate of Aldershot Town hangs in the balance and it is uncertain whether the rescue bid will succeed. The club started as a phoenix club after their predecessors folded and this article takes an in depth look at their story.

BT and Conference do deal

As widely anticipated, the Football Conference and BT Sport have agreed a two-year deal for the new channels to show thirty live matches a season from the Conference Premier.

BT Sport will host live broadcasts from the grounds for twenty-five league matches, plus both legs of the play-off semis and the Promotion Final at Wembley, from the start of the 2013/14 season in August.

Guernsey pay the price

Guernsey are going to have to pay a high price for playing in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy. The Football Association has ruled that the club must cover the cost of flights, accommodation transport for all three match officials and 25 members of the opponent's team.

What is more, any postponed home tie must be rescheduled on the UK mainland with Guernsey covering the cost of hiring a neutral ground no more than 30 miles from Gatwick. The same provision will apply if an away tie is drawn, depriving the Green Lions of a home replay.