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Do Leeds fans get value for money?

Leeds have the highest season ticket prices in the Championship, ranging from £462 to £752.  What particularly annoys fans is that they consider that the money has not been reinvested in the team.

Bargain basement football

The recent financial troubles of Hereford United raise questions about just how much it does cost to run a club in the lower divisions, interpreted here to mean League 2 and the Conference.

Consider wages first.   I have been told not that a not untypical wage in the Conference is £500 a week. Interestingly that is equivalent to the median gross (before tax) wage in the UK which was £501 a week in 2011 (and probably hasn't changed much since then).

Jersey will not do a Guernsey

Football rivalry between Guernsey and Jersey is intense.   This is reflected in the interest that surrounds the annual Muratti Cup competition which has not seen the island of Alderney in the final for a long time. The less populated island of Guernsey has stolen a march over its neighbour by an entering a highly successful team in the English non-league system.

Sharia law obstacle to Leeds takeover

Another obstacle has appeared in the protracted takeover of Leeds United by Gulf Finance House (GFH). It appears that the takeover may not be compliant with Sharia law.   This could complicate delay obtaining the fatwa that is necessary for the Islamic finance house to complete the long drawn out takeover.

Finances of Canaries transformed

Norwich City have faced grave financial problems twice over the last twenty years, but their latest accounts show how their fortunes have been transformed since they have been in the Premier League. They now have every prospect of becoming debt free.

Truro City saved at the last minute

I have rarely seen as many twists and turns in the saga of a football club in trouble, but Truro City have been saved from expulsion from the Conference at the last minute.   An initial 12 noon deadline was extended to 17.00 BST.

Tykes targeted by investors

In recent articles we have suggested that Championship clubs are the most likely targets in the immediate future for takeovers.   There are hardly any Premiership clubs available.  Championship clubs are available at more realistic prices and offer the excitement of developing them so that they can challenge for promotion.

Barnsley are hardly the most glamorous takeover target.   They have only ever been in the top flight for one season and, despite recent efforts at regeneration, their hinterland has faced economic difficulties since the end of coal mining.

Supporters Trust named as preferred bidders at Pompey

In what has rightly been described as a pivotal moment for Portsmouth FC and football generally, Portsmouth Supporters Trust  (PST) have been named as preferred bidders to take the club out of administration.

Can Hereford United avoid administration?

As it so happens, I had a pleasant day out in the mild autumn weather in Herefordshire yesterday.  The road signs at the county border showing a bull and a 'we can' slogan got me thinking about the fate of Hereford United.   When I got home there was an e-mail directing me a statement by the club about its financial plight.

Sleeping giant or dysfunctional club?

Port Vale fans deserve some luck and they may have got it in the shape of Alchemy Investment Group, named today as the preferred bidder to take the Burslem club out of adminstration

The latest issue of Four Four Two has a feature article on Port Vale headlined 'Britain's most dysfunctional club.'   There are a few others that might deserve that title, but Vale fans have certainly been to hell in a handcart and back.