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Deadline day fever

Transfer deals in Europe's top leagues have been on a downward trend.   However, deadline day fever with its auction room atmosphere may change all that as far as the Premier League is concerned.   Fernando Torres is having a medical at Chelsea to seal a reported £50m deal.   Having had an offer of £30m for Andy Carroll turned down, Liverpool have upped their bid to £35m which looks likely to succeed.

U's depend on subsidy

Colchester United have the fifth worse crowds in League 1 with an average attendance of 4,221.  This means that their owner has in effect to subsidise everyone who enters the ground, but he is determined to stay the course.

Clubs that are an easy train journey from London face the challenge of competing with the top Premier League sides that are within easy reach.    Many people who live in Essex have historic family ties with clubs like Spurs or West Ham United.

Wages not paid at Welling

The financial problems of Blue Square South club Welling United continue and now the players and management have expressed their concern publicly about the late payment of wages, to the annoyance of owner Barry Hobbins.

Having met tax debts through a whip round among supporters, Welling lost revenue as a result of the winter weather, including a potentially lucrative Christmas fixture.

Transfer spending up

After a slow start, spending by Premiership clubs in the January transfer window is gathering momentum with some big deals in the offing.  However, it is still likely to be well below the record total of 2008.

Football's negative image

The furore over the sacking of Sky pundit Andy Gray over sexist remarks has attracted massive attention in the media over the past week.   As far as one can judge from radio phone-ins, imprompu polls and vox pop, fans are divided in their opinons.  For some of them it is simply banter or what 'most men would say anyway', an illustration of political correctness gone mad.   For others, it reflected the fact that football had not caught up with changes in society.

Argyle players not paid

The extent to which Plymouth Argyle is hovering on the brink of collapse is shown by the fact that their players have not been paid on time for a third month in a row.   Office staff have been paid.

Commission wants to regulate football transfers

A contributed article by Karen Bhardwaj:

Last week it was reported that the European Commission has sought to take on the role in regulating football transfers. This is a step which could see the apex body FIFA losing some amount of control. The rules implemented by the world governing body have to comply with the laws laid down by the EU.

Loons post a loss

Forfar Athletic made an operating loss of just under £36,000 in the year ended 31 May 2010.  On a turnover of £261,417, this represents a loss of nearly 14 per cent.

Success brings its challenges to Rovers

When we have discussed the potential impact of Uefa's financial fair play rules on top clubs, we have often referred to Manchester City.   But as a revitalised Blackburn Rovers aims for a place in European competitions, it too needs to get its financial house in order if it is not to fall foul of the new rules.

Queens struggle to pay bills

Queen of the South have had only one home game since November 13th and are struggling to pay their bills.  However, the players' wages have been paid and talk of the club going into administration has been dismissed by the chairman.

Fans are rallying round the Doonhamers.   The Barflies'  supporters group has raised £6,000 and a Facebook campaign aims to raise £50,000.