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League 2


Torquay faces financial problems

Even leaving aside the likelihood of relegation to the Conference, Torquay United have been facing a difficult financial situation as they seek to attract new investment.

The state of Northants football

Football in Northamptonshire is in a bad way.  Northampton Town, who enjoyed a brief spell in the top flight, are threatened with relegation to the Conference.   Rushden and Diamonds, the product of one man's vision, are no more (apart from a phoenix club) having reached League 1.   Their Nene Park stadium lies quietly rusting, perhaps to be eventually replaced by housing.

Portsmouth can cope with relegation

Portsmouth are confident that they will not be relegated from League 2 to the Conference, but should the worst happen they think they could cope financially.

Their attendances are currently higher than those they were recording when they were in the Championship and, if they were relegated, they would have the highest crowds ever seen in the Football Conference, beating those currently achieved by Luton Town.

Uncertainty about Chairboys sale

The identity of the prospective new owners of Wycombe Wanderers was not identified at a meeting of supporters yesterday as had been hoped. The club is currently third from bottom in League 2, although five points ahead of Torquay in the first of the relegation places.

The price of promotion

Newport County lost £350,000 chasing the dream of rejoining the Football League but the club expects to see a big boost to revenue streams during this financial year. This week's annual general meeting revealed considerable detail about the finances of a League 2, formerly Conference, club.

Scunthorpe's new stadium plan

Scunthorpe United’s new stadium plans have been unveiled. The striking 12,000 capacity all-seater “Iron Arena” is part of the vision for a £40 million out-of-town football and leisure development created by FWP for the Lincolnshire club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.

The plan also includes a 120-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches, indoor and outdoor crown green bowling facilities and a potential transport interchange hub with a new rail station.

Wimbledon hope to return home

Wimbledon are hoping to return to their spiritual home at Plough Lane. However, the process is fraught with obstacles and, even if all goes well, it could be some years before they return there.

The initial plan is for a stadium of 11,000, which would be more than adequate for League 2 or even for League 1. However, the proposals include the flexibility to expand the stadium in stages to a 20,000 capacity. They also set out plans for new banqueting and conference facilities as well as around 600 new homes to be built by Galliard Homes, shops and community facilities.

Plymouth for the Premiership?

I must admit to having a soft spot for Plymouth Argyle. This is in part because of the dedication of the Green Army who travel long distances to support their team. The club also went through a very difficult period when it came close to disappearing from the Football League.

Big variations in payments to agents

There are big variations in the payments that clubs in the Football League make to agents, according to a report on such payments in the 2012-13 season from the league. The overall level of payments was very similar to the previous season: £21.5m against £21.7m, although the decline looks more impressive if one factors in inflation (which reports on football never seem to do).

Football League sponsorship deal

The Football League's long search for a sponsor has culminated in a deal with Sky Bet that will last for the next five years. At the same time it has extended its broadcasting arrangement with Sky Sport.

The dual agreement is worth about £300m. The extension of the Sky Sports deal is worth more than the £195m the League earned from the previous agreement.