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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.

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.

Northampton Town sold

Northampton Town has been sold to former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas.   The deal has the approval of Northampton Borough Council who are owed £10.25m for work at and around the Sixfields stadium that was never completed.   HM Revenue & Customs are owed £166,000 and are bringing a winding up petition.

Cobblers staff turn on chairman

Northampton Town staff have taken the highly unusual step of using the club's website to criticise chairman David Cardoza.  He still owns the club and they demanded that he sell it 'within hours'.

The non-playing staff are in their fourth week without pay.   The club's bank accounts were frozen after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs launched a winding up petition as a result of £166,000 of unpaid taxes. There is also an administration petition from Northampton Borough Council.

Is Exeter a football city?

The two unfortunates certainly get about round the country in their series of guest articles profiling football cities.  Exeter provides a stark contrast to Milton Keynes, one of the earlier locations covered.  An ancient cathderal city, it has changed and modernised since the arrival of the M5 motorway.

Will finances undermine Plymouth's title bid?

Plymouth are currently riding high at the top of League 2, but this blog article argues that finances will ultimately derail their title bid.   Their manager made a conscious decision to go for quality rather than quantity in the squad and there doesn't seem to be any money for additions in the January loan window.

'Safer landing' plan causes non-league fury

As we have pointed out in recent articles, relegation from the Football League to the non-league system often lands a club in serious financial trouble.   The Football League has now devised a 'safer landing' plan, but this has provoked fury from non-league clubs.

Winding up order served on Northampton Town

As football clubs start to get their finances in order, winding up orders served by Her Majesty's  Revenue & Customs (HMRC)have become rarer.  However, one has now been served on Northampton Town.

Cobblers' takeover is off

It's been one of the most protracted and secretive takeover negotiations in recent football history, certainly in League 2, but negotiations with a mystery Indian consortium that wanted to take over Northampton Town have now been called off.

According to a statement from the London-based consortium, they encountered 'insurmountable' problems and complications at the due diligence stage.

Ship shape and Bristol fashion

The two unfortunates blog are rattling through England's football cities and their attention has turned to Bristol where they have recruited a new writer who is well up to their high standards.

For an outsider the paradox about Bristol is that it has two football clubs.   Admittedly, it is a large city, ranking eighth in England, and arguably the regional capital of the south-west.  However, it is also in area where the rugby tradition is strong.