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Danes swoop for non-league club

Foreign takeovers have moved into the world of non-league football.   Danish company Fodboldsekskabet have looked at many clubs and were pipped to the post at Chester by a fans' revival.   But now they have got their heart's desire by becoming joint owners at Ryman Premier outfit Croydon Athletic. 

Royalists face axe

It now looks increasingly likely that Windsor & Eton will be wound up in the High Court on Wednesday.  They will follow the likes of Ilkeston, Chester and King's Lynn who have all closed in the last year, while Welling United is in danger.  

Stags at bay

It is unclear where Mansfield Town will play at the weekend after they were locked out of their own ground.   Alfreton's Impact Arena, Eastwood Town and Notts County have all been considered.   However, it looks increasingly likely that the Stags will use Ilkeston Town's ground.   It is not in use following the club's dissolution earlier this year and it has a capacity of just over 3,000, although one stand is locked out

Footballer's financial demands criticised in programme

It's an interesting new development in the world of football finance when a chairman criticises a player in his programme notes for his financial demands.   But then the chairman concerned is Ken Bates and the player does not appear to be too popular at the moment with the fans.

The dream ends in tears

It's strange how the prospect of owning a football club can affect someone.  The old joke says that if you want a small fortune, start with a big one and 'invest' in a football club.   But it is even possible for you to lose your fortune altogether.

World Cup failure creates more space for Premiership

If English football was more united, it might be able to have more impact on Fifa.   This interesting speculative fantasy sets out a possible scenario to force through reform.  

Bees buzz quietly

Brentford is in the unusual position for a lower league club of having a benefactor, albeit a low profile one.  Brentford's relatively new chief executive thinks that they have been pursuing a prudent course while other clubs in the division have been splashing the cash to little effect.   There will be no sacrifices for one year of transient glory.   Attendances in the league are down by 15 per cent (although one a

Hughton goes - why?

Chris Hughton has been sacked as manager of Newcastle.   Why?   Admittedly, the Magpies didn't play well at the Baggies and went down 3-1.  But they are 11th in the league and there are many who feel that the first task in the Premiership is consolidation, not experimentation.   Hughton has also had little money to spend by Premier League standards.

Argyle may play for time

Plymouth Argyle may try and hold the ball up by the corner flag as they play for time at their winding up hearing on Wednesday.   A 56-day stay of execution might allow them to raise money through player sales in the transfer window, although the amounts raised are unlikely to be huge.


Company accounts are often difficult to read unless you have specialist training, but it has been suggested that in successive years the club has incurred high operating charges which are not very transparent.

Fair play regulations affect City

The media is having a bit of a field day about tensions at Manchester City.    No club is free of such tensions, but City's ambitions and high profile players attract media attention.   This is not just a question of a Champions League place.   There has been a lot of speculation recently about Spurs winning the Premiership, but it is no less r