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How far could attendances fall?

This article offers an interesting look at what is happening to football attendances, arguing that they are stagnating in England and falling in some other European countries.   The writer also argues that, in effect, some clubs have gone for 'vanity' stadiums which they can never really fill and does not create a good atmosphere.

Up for the Cup

Cup competitions have lost some of their appeal in recent years.   Top teams generally put out second elevens for the league cup and may not play their full strength teams in the FA Cup.  This reflects the financial importance of staying in the Premiership and, for the top clubs, qualifying for Europe.

Spurs deny snooping charges

In the latest twist in the convoluted Olympic Stadium saga Tottenham Hostpur have rejected in the strongest possible terms allegations that they had organised the monitoring of all 14 members of the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) by private investigators.   The claim was made by Baroness Ford, the chair of the OPLC.

Light! More light!

New Football League criteria for the standard of floodlights that have to be met by the 2014-15 season may hit financially struggling clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 hard, as well as those Conference clubs that aspire to Football League status.   Most Championship club either meet the new standards or could afford to do so.

Is James Brent the new Madejski?

This is a question raised in The Football League Paper  yesterday in a special centre page spread on Plymouth Argyle.   Both Plymouth's new owner James Brent and Sir John Madejski, who revived Reading's fortunes, had little prior knowledge of or interest in football, but both had a commitment to their areas.   James Brent admitted in the interview that there might be something in the comparison: at any rate it is quite flattering.

Ultimatum at Darlo

Darlington chairman, millionaire property developer Raj Singh, has issued an ultimatum to his former manager and players demanding they accept a 25 per cut in wages, otherwise the club could go into oblivion.

Grimsby opt for new stadium

Grimsby Town FC think that a move away from Blundell Park to a multi-purpose community stadium is the best way forward for the former Football League club who were at one time in the second division.  At an average of around 3,000 Grimsby's attendances are the fourth best in the non-league, but some fans argue that a better standard of football would attract even more to attend.

Not everything has changed for the better - Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson's tremendous contribution to the success of Manchester United was recognised by naming the North Stand after him yesterday.   The club has been transformed during hs 25 years in charge, but there have also been big changes in the game and not all of them for the better in his view.

And now there are four

With the decision of Millwall to quit the stock market after 22 years as a public company there are now just four publicly listed clubs left.   Tottenham and Celtic are both on the second tier Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and Arsenal and Rangers are  on the small cap PLUS market.   Spurs was one of the first clubs to list.

Everton investment hopes recede

St. James's Park was not far short of capacity this afternoon for the lunchtime clash between Newcaste United and Everton.   The Magpies have been taking a number of steps to boost the crowd, including an offer of an additional season ticket at half price to existing season ticket holders.  Apparently something like four thousand have taken it up.