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Crawley think about new stadium

Crawley Town have been in preliminary talks about building a brand new stadium for the club. However, the club has emphasised that no contact had been made with Crawley Borough Council and no site had yet been identified.

The talks are still at a very early and informal stage and multi-million pound investment would need to be found to bankroll the exciting venture. Reds currently play their home matches at the council-owned Stadium after moving from Town Mead, their home for 48 years, in 1997. Crawley is a former new town and home to Gatwick Airport.

Things look up for Raith

They'll be dancing in the streets of Raith after the annual general meeting of Raith Rovers reported an improved financial picture. The Kirkcaldy club is supported by former prime minister Gordon Brown who is the local MP.

The club presented its annual accounts for the year to June 2013, which showed a profit of £81,350 – the first time the club has returned a profit since the formation of New Raith Rovers in 2005.

Challenge to QPR development plan

Queens Park Rangers’ plans to build a new Training and Academy centre could be under threat after a campaign group lodged papers in the High Court claiming the decision to allow the development was unlawful.

‘Save Warren Farm’ campaigners lodged papers in the High Court of Justice to Judicially Review Ealing Council’s decision to sign over 61 acres of London’s Green Belt, rent free for 200 years, to QPR for their new Training and Academy HQ.

The plight of Coventry City

As 5,200 Coventry City fans head down to London for tonight's FA Cup tie with Arsenal at the Emirates, it is time to reflect again on the current plight of the Sky Blues. Securing the FA Cup against the odds 27 years ago brought delight to a city that had already seen its economic prosperity punctured.

According to a friend who was on a train down to London, the Coventry fans were in fine voice. They will, however, be holding up protest banners at designated points in tonight's game and Arsenal fans are planning to show their solidarity.

Barcelona to stay at the Nou Camp

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has dismissed the idea of building a new stadium elsewhere in the city and instead proposed that the Spanish club redevelop on the site of the Camp Nou.

"The Board has unanimously decided to put the plan to build a new stadium on the structure of the Camp Nou to the shareholders," Rosell told a press conference. "The option of building a new stadium in a new location has been ruled out ... the final cost of the operation could jeopardize the club," said Rosell.

Scunthorpe's new stadium plan

Scunthorpe United’s new stadium plans have been unveiled. The striking 12,000 capacity all-seater “Iron Arena” is part of the vision for a £40 million out-of-town football and leisure development created by FWP for the Lincolnshire club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.

The plan also includes a 120-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches, indoor and outdoor crown green bowling facilities and a potential transport interchange hub with a new rail station.

EU probe into Swansea City

The EU has been stepping up its interest in illegal state aid in football, having recently launched an investigation into a number of leading Spanish clubs. A deal allowing Swansea City FC and the Ospreys rugby region to play at the Liberty Stadium is being investigated by the European Commission.

Swansea council has been asked to give details over funding arrangements at the council-owned stadium. State aid rules, policed by the commission, limit how much public money can be given to private companies.

What is the plan at Spurs?

What is the long-term management plan of Joe Lewis, the majority owner of Enic, the company that owns Tottenham Hotspur, and of his representative on Earth, Daniel Levy?

In the longer run, they may want to sell the club. Champions League football would make Spurs a more attractive proposition, but so would a redeveloped stadium.

Sky Blues unveil new stadium plans

Coventry City have unveiled images of their proposed new stadium.   Of course, the most crucial piece of information is missing: where the new stadium might be.

The challenge at Spurs

Expectation levels at Tottenham Hotspur may be out of kilter with the financial realties at the club.   The fiscal firepower available at White Hart Lane does not match that of the four English clubs that have qualified for the Champions League knockout phase.   Indeed, it is closer to clubs like Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, Newcastle United and Sunderland.