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Guernsey gets ready for mainland challenge

Organising competitive football on an island can be a big challenge.   The ultimate example of this is the Isles of Scilly where just two teams play each other week after week whether it is the league or the cup.   Even on Guernsey in the Channel Islands where there is a population of 60,000 there are only seven teams in the league.

The Arsenal stadium mystery

I was talking to a neighbour who has a season ticket at the Emirates the other day and he said that the volume of complaining was on the increase.   My first thought was that if my team was secure in the Premier League and regularly in the Champions League, I would be very happy.  But expectations are understandably higher at the Emirates.  

Hammers to sue over corruption allegations

West Ham United are taking legal action against Tottenham Hotspur and the Sunday Times over allegations surrounding the validity of the Olympic Stadium bidding process. 

Carson Yeung's assurances leave Blues fans worried

Carson Yeung has assured Birmingham City fans that he will continue to bankroll the club despite his arrest in Hong Kong.  He also says that he wants to continue attending games, although whether his bail conditons will allow that remains to be seen.

Carson Yeung arrested

Carson Yeung, Birmingham City's president and largest single shareholder, has been arrested in Hong Kong on money laundering charges.   He will appear in court later today.   A statement issued by Birmingham City has emphasised that the charges have nothing to do with the club's holding company.   Nevertheless, they clearly have implications for the orderly running of the club if the matter is not cleared up soon.

Evo-Stik moves south

After two years as the Zamaretto League, the Southern League has recruited Evo-Stik as its new sponsors.  They already sponsor the Northern Premier League where their deal is reportedly worth £150,000 a year.  The Southern League will receive an estimated £100,000, a great improvement on the £35,000 a year provided by Zamaretto.

Will Kettering emerge in a new form?

Rushden and Diamonds have appealed against their expulsion from the Blue Square Bet Premiership.   Their potential Japanese investors are only interested if they retain their Conference status.   However, it is difficult to see their appeal succeeding in which case Kettering will move into the Nene Park stadium at Irthlingborough, some eight miles from their current base at Rockingham Road.

Nimby threat to FC United plans

FC United are working to overcome any opposition from 'Nimbys' opposed to their proposed new stadium in Moston.   Residents in a neighbourhood are always uncertain about a new football stadium because of concern about the possible effect on house prices and parking problems.  Certainly the local impact of the proposed 5,000 seater stadium would not be trivial.

Olympic Stadium judicial review rejected

Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur have been refused permission by the High Court for a judicial review of the decision to award use of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham after next year's Olympic Games.   The clubs are unhappy about Newham Council's £40m loan to help finance the move.  Needless to say, West Ham are delighted with the court's decision.

Top 30 English Football Clubs by Average Attendances - 2010-11

A list of the top thirty English football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2010-11.

Manchester United retained their top spot, averaging over 75,000 spectators per match, and Arsenal FC retained second position, averaging over 60,000. Newcastle United came in third, overtaking Manchester City from season 2009-10.