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The challenge of running island teams

The football season will be starting on the Isles of Scilly in a few weeks' time when the summer tourist trade is over. Each Sunday two teams, Garrison Gunners and Woolpack Wanderers, will play each other in the league or various cups (starting with the equivalent of the community shield) at the Garrison Field stadium on the main island of St.Mary's.

Kettering Town wound up

Football clubs often go into administration to reorganise at the expense of creditors, but they are rarely liquidated, but that is what has happened to Kettering Town. The club was once one of the giants of non-league football and seen as a possible entrant to the Football League in the days when that was done by voting.

Asian takeover at Alfreton?

The acquistion of Ebbsfleet United by Kuwaiti investors suggested that foreign takeovers were starting to spread to non-league clubs.   But Ebbsfleet is located in a relatively prosperous area on the outskirts of London.  No one predicted that Alfreton Town would be the next target.

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.