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League 2


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.

Exiles fans reach takeover target

Newport County Supporters' Trust have raised the funds they need to secure control of the club.  They now become the fourth fan owned club in League Two alongside Exeter City, Portsmouth and Wycombe Wanderers.

Newport County's woes

Rooted at the bottom of League 2, Newport County are slipping deeper into financial trouble.   Their promotion from the Conference in 2013 was funded by lottery winner Lee Scadding, but he has withdrawn his backing.   The former truck driver got tired of funding losses of £40,000 a month.

He has handed responsibility for running the club to the Supporters' Trust.   They have until the end of September to raise the £225,000 needed to repay creditors and complete their takeover.   So far they have raised half that amount.

We Want Answers Say Cobblers Fans

There is still no clarity about the projected takeover of Northampton Town.   A trilateral meeting yesterday between the current owners, the London-based Indian consortium interested in buying the club, and Northampton Borough Council was cancelled.    A meeting between the owners and the purchasers will go ahead.

Fans running a #WeWantAnswers campaign plan to demonstrate at Saturday's game.