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Barca want to be first €1bn club

Barcelona have a six year plan to become the first club with €1bn in revenues.  Current revenues are €600m and it is felt necessary to lift them to counter the growing financial clout of the Premier League.

AFC Wimbledon to return home

AFC Wimbledon have received planning permission to build a new stadium close to their historic home in Plough Lane.   To be built on the site of an old greyhound stadium, the new ground will have a capacity of 11,000 with scope for expansion to 20,000.   The plan includes provision for 602 residential units and a leisure club.

Chelsea hopeful of securing Wembley deal

Chelsea are increasingly hopeful of securing a deal with the FA to use Wembley as their home ground whlle they redevelop Stamford Bridge.   The possible alternative was Twickenham which would be nearer to their main support base, but there were objectiosn from local residents.

If they get planning permission next summer, Chelsea are hoping to start work on the redevelopment in the summer of 2017.   They would then need to leave Stamford Bridge for three seasons for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Chelsea put in planning application for Bridge

Chelsea have put in a planning application to redevelop their historic home at Stamford Bridge as a 60,000 seater stadium.   Over the years Chelsea have considered moving to alternative sites at Battersea and Earl's Court.

However, their present location has signiificant advantages, even if the works involved are on a big scale. The planning process itself is likely to extend beyond the end of the season.

Cobblers inquiry widened

Quite what has been happening at Northampton Town is far from clear and may not be for some time as allegations of financial irregularities are not easy to investigate.

However, it appears that the scope of the inquiry has widened and investigative football journalist David Conn tries to get to the bottom of what has been going on.

Spain's third force

For a long time Spanish football has been dominated by a duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona.  The championship victory of Atlético Madrid in 2013-14, along with their Champions League final, challenged that pattern.

American investment boost for Palace

Crystal Palace have agreed in principle a deal with American investors to take a 36 per cent stake in the club. The lead investor is Josh Harris, owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers. Talks have been taking place for some time, but stalled earlier in the year.  An agreement is expected by Christmas.

West Ham one of the most exciting 'projects' in Europe

The author of the impressive Swiss Ramble blog has provided another of his in depth analyses of football finances, this time of West Ham United.

With the impending move to the Olympic Stadium, he considers that they are currently one of the most impressive 'projects' in European football.  He sees parallels with Manchester City's move to the Etihad, but notes that they are in London in an area that is attracting significant foreign investment.

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.