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League 2


Portsmouth clear all debts

Portsmouth FC have now cleared all their debts following their exit from administration in April 2013.   The legacy debts amounted to £7m. The club is majority owned by the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust with thirteen presidents holding the balance of the shares.

The presidents have contributed £500,000 for ground improvements.   A supermarket is to be built on adjacent land which means that the whole site will have a neater appearance.   A new training ground is scheduled to open later in the year.

Rovers challenge relegation

Bristol Rovers claim that Wycombe Wanderers have breached Football Association rules on third party ownership, thereby gaining an unfair competitive advantage and are consulting sports lawyers.

It is difficult to see this particular complaint going very far, but one can expect more legal challenges to promotion and relegation as sports lawyers hone their skills.

Football League attendances up

Attendances in the Sky Bet Football League rose by 136,000 or one per cent in the season just ended. However, this global figure conceals differences between the leagues.   Attendances in the Championship were down by five per cent and up by 18.4 per cent in League One.   League Two attendances increased by just under one per cent.

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.