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FC United plan new stadium at Newton Heath

FC United, the club now in the Unibond Premier League that was formed when the Glazers took over Manchester United, are planning to develop a 5,000-capacity stadium at their spiritual home at Newton Heath within the next three years.   They have averaged around 2,000 supporters at Bury's Gigg Lane ground this season.

Kings Lynn FC on the Brink

Unibond Premier League club King's Lynn FC face being wound up on Wednesday. The Norfolk club owe the taxman £67,000. A rescue seemed to be on the cards last week after potential investors came forward and the local council pledged support for improvements at the stadium which has faced ground grading problems that have held the club back. An appeal against the winding up order was due to be heard last week but the High Court not hear the case and they were given a seven day reprieve.

Non-League Casualties

Folkestone Invicta, themselves a 'phoenix' club that arose from the ashes of the financially troubled Folkestone, could go into administration on Monday unless they find the £70,000 they calculate they need to start next season. The Ryman South club have an outstanding tax bill of nearly £100,000. The directors are continuing their fight to reduce the HM Revenue and Customs bill. They fear that the club's debt could rise to £300,000 by this time next year. Invicta are still reeling from the loss of their main sponsors over the close season.

Domino Effect of Stockport County Failure

Unibond North league side Woodley Sports are on the verge of collapse after Stockport County went into administration last week. The club are owed a six-figure sum, believed to be £150,000, by their neighbours. This formed part of a sell-on clause when former striker Liam Dickinson moved to Derby County. Sports agreed to defer payments from the 20 per cent sell on clause after learning of Stockport's financial problems. But after administrators were called in, their chance of getting their money has diminished.

Mixed Fortunes For Non-league Clubs

Salisbury City, up for sale for £1, will meet two more prospective buyers in the next few days after already holding talks with prospective owners. A consortium of local businessmen and a stand-alone buyer have already held talks with the Conference club. Another potential buyer from Denmark is interested in the club, while there is also a second consortium in the wings. However, a quick sale is not expected.