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Big boost for Port Vale

After a difficult time for the club, Port Vale has been given a big boost with news of a £5m investment over the next 12 months by American company Blue Sky International.    There aren't many details at present but the total investment is said to amount to £8m.


The funds will be spent on the running of the club, Vale Park (where there is work which is incomplete), a training area and facilities for the local area.   An additional £500,000m will be spent on pre-season tours over the next 10 years.

No deal at Argyle

No deal has yet been reached to secure the future of troubled Plymouth Argyle.  On Thursday Kevin Heaney, the man behind the Gibraltar-based Bishop International bid, told BBC South West, 'If the administrators will not get the deal over the line on Thursday I will walk away.'   However, subsequently the Truro City owner and property developer has vowed not to walk away.

Argyle administrators start to look elsewhere

It's now 123 days since Bishop International Limited was named as the preferred bidder for Plymougth Argyle and with no deal in sight it it is no wonder that the administrators have resumed talks with other possible bidders.

Why a 'big' club finds success difficult

What exactly do we mean by a 'big' club?   There are even some clubs who claim that their club is 'massive'.  Presumably it has something to do with attendances and with away followings, although the latter is a measure of fans' passion as much as anything.

Argyle strike off

The threatened strike by Plymouth Argyle players has apparently been called off after the administrators agreed to pay 40 per cent of their wages.   The players are still not happy with the situation, but they are on the bus to Burton.


Some Plymouth fans have called for a protest outside today's match between Truro City and Maidenhead because of the role of Truro owner Kevin Heaney in the takeover, but the move does not have universal support.

Argyle players threaten to strike

Plymouth Argyle players are threatening to strike this weekend as they still have not been paid.  Their personal financial situations are becoming very difficult.   The club may be able to raise a team against Burton Albion but several senior players may be missing.

Sports show is back

The Radio Scilly sports show is back on air today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the help of Sportsmode as the sponsors. Mark Twynham is the new host.   I will be talking today about Plymouth Argyle and the two Manchester clubs.


If you are thinking of a trip to the off islands today, Sportsmode are offering special picnic deals for four at £20,

Argyle deal agreed

The administrators of Plymouth Argyle are satisfied that Bishop International Limited have sufficient funds available to complete the acquisition of the club.   The necessary paperwork is being prepared by the solicitors involved.   The deal still has to be approved by the Football League but it looks as if Plymouth are safe from liquidation.

Zero hour for Plymouth Argyle

As fans hold a candelight vigil and there is a campaign to get #savepafc trending on Twitter, it is zero hour for League 2 club Plymouth Argyle.   Unless a deal is done by 17:00 today (Friday) the club could be liquidated after 125 years and tomorrow's game against Crewe could be the last.

Argyle takeover by end of week

With Plymouth Argyle experiencing a faltering start to the season, joint administrator, Brendan Guilfoyle, has reiterated that he expects the takeover to go through by the end of this week.

Guilfoyle said: 'We asked of proof of funds from BIL, which is the company that Kevin Heaney's behind, and we haven't had proof of funds [yet], but what we have had from his solicitors is evidence of a funding line that he's working on and there's some due diligence going on.'