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The benefits and costs of a cup run

Luton Town have made £600,000 from their FA Cup run, including a £233,200 broadcast fee from ESPN for their home against Millwall.   However, it simply eats into projected losses of £2m this season as they try to return to the Football League.

They have spent big on their squad.   Indeed, the consortium in charge at Kenilworth Road has already ploughed £10m into the club.   But at the moment they are 8th in the Blue Square Premiership, although they have games in hand on the clubs above them.

Worcester agree to ground share

After protracted negotiations, Worcester City have agreed an initially one year ground share deal with Kidderminster Harriers.   It is believed that City will pay a four figure fee per game.    Their historic ground at St.George's Lane is due to be demolished at the end of the season.

Fans frustrated by the delay in building a new ground at Nunnery Way have put in place plans to construct a scaled-down stadium at Perdiswell.

Big projected loss at fan run club

Fan-run Chester FC look set to lose £75,000 this season.   The BSB North leaders made a profit of £107,826 in their first season after they were formed following the winding up of one time Football League club Chester City.   Last season they made a small loss of £2,970.

Fleet ask fans to dig deep

Cash flow at Ebbsfleet United has been hit by the postoponement of two home games due to the winter weather and the club has launched a 'Lose your pounds or Lose your club appeal to fans.'  Fans have been asked to donate £30 each.

Fans unhappy about Bath City plans

Bath City are facing debts of £700,000.   Their stadium Mayday Trust Park (aka Twerton Park) is run down and chairman Mandy Rigby considers that they should move to a purpose built stadium elsewhere in the city.   However, the Bath City Supporters' Society, the largest shareholders in the club, are unhappy about her plans and what they see as a lack of consultation.

FC United get stadium go ahead

A court hearing has rejected an attempt to quash the planning permision for FC United's new stadium. The club currently plays at Bury's ground at Giggs Lane.

Could Rangers join Conference?

Blue Square Conference clubs are discussing whether to invite Rangers to join their league.   Rangers are unhappy about a planned restructuring of the Scottish leagues that would see them languishing in the bottom division even if they won the third division this year.

Conference may need new sponsor

The Conference may be looking for a new sponsor with the future of Blue Square Bet in doubt.   The future of Blue Square Bet , who are in their sixth season of sponorship, is being reviewed by owners Rank Group.   The business is running at an operating loss and Rank wants to concentrate its resources on its bingo and casino activities.

Worcester City face stadium blow

Worcester City FC have had a plea to stay at their century old home at St.George's Lane until building work starts turned down by the developers.   They will have to move out at the end of the season.

It looks as if they will ground share with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.   Evesham United have a brand new ground but it does not come up to Conference standard.

Histon's future in doubt

Histon FC failed to play their fixture at Colwyn Bay on Saturday and the future of the Cambridgeshire village side who reached the Conference is now in doubt.    On 177 turned up for their last home game, a FA Trophy tie against Boreham Wood.

The club is seeking professional advice on their future today.    This follows a court case last week in which they were asked to pay an unspecified four figure sum to their chief executive Alan Soraff who left the club in 2010.