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Billericay Town up for sale

Newly promoted Billericay Town FC have been put up for sale by owner Steve Kent.   The double glazing businessman bought it from shipping businessman Rod Moore in 2004.  Kent and his wife Sharon have been popular owners at New Lodge.  He has brought financial stability to the club and bequeathed it a superb clubhouse.

The club is debt free, but Kent recently said that new investment would be needed if the playing budget is to be increased following last season's promotion.

Internet speculation suggests a price of around £3.5m, but that seems on the high side.

Stones set to move to new stadium

After ground sharing with three other Kent clubs, one time Football League side Maidstone United are set to open their new £2.6m stadium with a match against Brighton and Hove Albion on July 14th.

The club has been helped by a £150,000 five year naming rights deal with the Gallagher Group plus a £150,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund which is the maximum amount that can be awarded.

New fears over Truro City

The future of Truro City is in doubt after new applications for a winding up order were made against the club.   They had settled a £51,000 tax bill with Revenue and Customs who had served two winding up petitions on them during the season.

Nearly £650,000 is being demanded by lawyer Chris Lingard, a former business associate of Truro chairman and funder Kevin Heaney.   Other alleged creditors include FBT Sports UK claimed to be owed £19,000, Lexlaw Solicitors who say they are owed £1,400 and an unnamed fourth creditor claiming £40,000.

Football League or Dog Rubbish United?

It's no contest as far as poultry wholesaler Dai Davis, the driving force behind AFC Fylde is concerned. The club is now three steps away from the Football League and plans to be there by 2022.

Known at one time as Kirkham and Wesham, the club rebranded and moved to their own stadium.  They see their appeal as now encompassing the Lytham St. Annes area from their location south-east of Blackpool.

Kettering quit Conference

Kettering Town's debts have led them to resign from the Blue Square Bet North where they had been relegated.  They will play in the Southern League Premier next season.

The club's debts total £1.2m.   Former chairman Imraan Ladak and other directors owed money have agreed to write off their loans and to leave £402,000 outstanding.   Creditors will get about 10p in the pound as part of a three year company voluntary arrangement.    

Minstermen on the up

York City languished in the Conference for eight years, showing what a difficult league it is to get out of. But now they have escaped in some style, winning the FA Trophy and promotion through the play offs from the Blue Square Bet Premiership.

Is there a Histon model?

Have Histon managed to develop a model for non-league survival at a minimal cost?   They have managed to survive in the second tier despite having a £130,000 budget which permits a 15 man squad which works out an average of £7,000 per player.

Histon is just to the north of Cambridge and with the intertwined village of Impington is a fast growing area.   However, the combined population is short of 10,000 which is quite small to sustain a tier two club, even though some fans come from further afield.

New shirt deal for Kiddy

Kidderminster Harriers have signed a new shirt deal with tool hire firm Hire-It! based on the Worcester Road.   The firm will replace OGL Computer on the front of the shirt until the end of the 2013-14 season after a five figure deal was secured.

Darlo to play at Shildon

Darlington are to ground share with Northern League Shildon next season.   This will involve a ten mile journey from Darlington for fans.   The other venue considered at Bishop Auckland would have involved a similar journey.

The worst drop of all

In some ways the drop that clubs fear most is that from League 2 to the Blue Square Premiership.  Half of the clubs in the Conference this season had been Football League clubs at some point in their history. Luton were once in the top flight and Grimsby Town and Stockport County were in the second tier.   There are only two promotion places out of the division, as distinct from four from League 2, and one of those is decided by play offs.