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Is Anfield losing its atmosphere?

I always enjoyed my visits to Liverpool when Charlton were in the Premier League.  It was one of the most atmospheric, if not the most, atmospheric stadiums in the country.

Now Jurgen Klopp has complained about early leavers.   Admittedly, that's a phenomenon everywhere given transport congestion after games.

Good progress at Darlington

Volunteer run Darlington are making good progress with turnover up 18 per cent at £341,000.   All debts have been cleared and there is around £300,000 in the bank.   However, more help is needed from a wider range of volunteers.

One disappointment is that the club has not moved backed to Darlington and continues to play at Bishops Auckland.  Negotiations for a ground share at Darlington RFC continue.

FA refinances Wembley Stadium

The Football Association has agreed a £300m loan facility with three leading banks enabling it to refinance Wembley Stadium.   The loan will give the FA more flexibility and enable it to reduce interest payments.

Coventry City get stadium deadline

If Coventry City want to build a new stadium to get away from the Ricoh Arena, they need to have their plans in place by December.   That is when the Local Plan is expected to be completed and once that it is done it will be more difficult to get permission to build on Green Belt land, as is likely to be needed.

Olympic Stadium contract details to be revealed

The information commissioner has ruled that the details of the contract under which West Ham United were made anchor tenants at the Olympic Stadium should be revealed.  This represents a victory for the coalition of supporters' trusts from other clubs who have been campaigning on the issue.

Government rebuffs Olympic Stadium petition

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport has issued a firm rebuttal of an online petition calling for a public inquiry into West Ham's tenancy of the Olympic Stadium.   It argues that the detail of the tenancy agreement is commercially sensitive.

The Government points out that the matter has already been tested in the courts and investigated by the European Commission.   It might be possible to trigger a new investigation if someone other than an individual complained.

Brady defends Olympic Stadium deal

Karren Brady has defended West Ham United's move to the Olympic Stadium.   It has been the subject of some criticism, including an online petition.   There is also talk of trying to revive a state aid complaint to the European Union.

Sisu get their day in court again

Sisu are to get a replay in February 2016 their ongoing legal battle with Coventry City Council.   Their original claim that the council's loan to Arena Coventry Limited was illegal state aid was rejected.   Two judges refused to allow an appeal, but it was a case of third time lucky.

Stockport County secure ground

Stockport County's Edgeley Park ground has been purchased by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council which will now act as the club's landlord.  Previous owners Cheshire Sports Promotions have agreed a £2m deal with the council.

Cheshire Sports have owned the ground since 2003 when Stockport County was sold to Brian Kennesy, owner of the rugby union side Sale Sharks.   In 2010 the club was taken over by a consortium and in 2012 Salle Sharks moved out of Edgeley Park.