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Wanderers fans seek to buy club

Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust have launched an attempt to acquire the club from Eddie Davies wih the support of local institutions and businesses.   Talks with the Sports Shield consortium led by Dean Holdsworth have not so far produced a solution for the financially troubled club.

Can Charlton fans force owner out?

Charlton fans, organised by the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), will be demonstrating again against the club's Belgian owner and chief executive when they play Blackburn Rovers at The Valley tomorrow.   

Charlton fans have a history of fan activism.   They enabled the club to return to The Valley from ground shares, overcoming the opposition of the local council.   They entered candidates in the council elections under the banner of the Valley Party and ousted the chair of the planning committee.

Bolton Wanderers given a stay of execution

Bolton Wanderers have been given a stay of execution until 22nd February following the hearing of a winding up petition brought by HMRC in the High Court.   They are hoping either to sell assets or to conclude a deal to sell the club.

There are hopes of selling a car park next to the Macron Stadium which would tide them over until next season.   Talks with prospective purchasers are also continuing.

Financial fair play ban for Cardiff City

A transfer embargo has been imposed on Cardiff City for breaching financial fair play rules.   The club is considering an appeal.  They join Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Nottingham Forest who have been similarly penalised.

The Bluebirds' finances have not been helped this season by many fans voting with their feet and choosing not to watch the team. Last weekend they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of lower league Shrewsbury.

Bolton face administration

Bolton Wanderers face the threat of administration despite a fire sale that has included putting their entire playing staff on the market and raising £4m by selling the offices at the Macron stadium.   The club's situation remains finely balanced despite the sale of the offices and the prospect of future income from transfers.   The offices are rented to several businesses and generated £800,000 annually.

Last chance saloon for Charlton

Charlton fanzine editor Rick Everitt reckons that Charlton are in the last chance saloon.   There is the chance of a takeover in the January transfer window that could transform the fortunes of the relegation threatened club.

In the latest issue of Voice of the Valley, Everitt revealed an exchange of e mails between former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney and the current incumbent Katrien Miere.   Varney was trying to set up a meeting to discuss an investment proposal, but effectively got the brush off.

Leeds face misconduct charge

Leeds United will face a misconduct charge if they persist in refusing admission to Sky staff to broadcast tonight's match with Derby County.

Stadium refit key for Bristol City

Bristol City majority shareholder Steve Lansdown sees the stadium refit currently under way at Ashton Gate as key to their ability to compete in the Championship and eventually aspire to promotion to the Premier League.

As it is the Robins cannot compete with teams with parachute payments, but the refit will boost capacity at the stadium to 27,000.  It is hoped that this will boost attendances, currently averaging 15,000, to over 20,000.

Bolton try to hold on to assets

Bolton Wanderers have resisted overtures from Preston North End to buy their training ground.   The financially troubled club is trying to hold on to all its assets while it secures an investor.  

Manager Neil Lennon is confident that the club can avoid administration.   New prospective purchasers keep appearing all the time, although it is difficult to tell how serious they are.   With the help of the Professional Footballers' Association, players' wages should be paid at the end of December.

Leeds and Wolves are best buys

A football finance expert reckons that Wolves and Leeds represent the best remaining investment opportunities among big clubs and are certainly the most attractive purchases in the Championship.