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Football and new technology

Football has always been resistant to new technology.  The first, admittedly crude, experiments with flood lighting were carried out in the 19th century.  When more reliable methods became available, it was first seen as something of a novelty before being widely adopted with ever improving technology (although still vulnerable to a supply interruption at non-league level).

Giving it large in Billericay

From the age of nine until I went to university I lived in Billericay.  Billericay Town played on the Archer Hall field and had an annual dinner-dance in the Archer Hall. One player from the 1950s remembered playing a German team, Emmerich Rhine, there. 'Billericay' almost sounds like an Irish place name, but I think it is a corruption of the Norman-French 'Ville de Cray'.  Other explanations are available.

Worcester City to appeal stadium decision

Worcester City are set to appeal against a second refusal of planning permission for their proposed 4,000 capacity stadium at Perdiswell Park.   The club has been without a home since selling St. George's Lane in 2013,

The club has dropped down three tiers in the non-league pyramid into the Midland League Premier Division because they could not afford to play at a higher level while ground sharing at Bromsgrove Sporting 16 miles away from the cathedral city.

Koreans interested in Woking

Chankoo Sim, leader of Sportzen, a Seoul-based marketing firm, is one of a number of potential bidders interested in Woking.   The company were the first Koreans to invest in a European football club after acquiring Belgian second division side AFC Tubize in 2014.

Orient: the long nightmare is over

Francesco Becchetti is no longer in charge at Leyton Orient after a controversial period of ownership which saw the club relegated out of the Football League.

An Eagle Investments consortium led by Baskin Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts chief executive Nigel Travis has taken over.  He is a lifelong fan.   The price paid has not been disclosed.

Leyton Orient survive court hearing

A winding up petition against Leyton Orient has been dismissed at the High Court after the four creditors on the petiition were paid in full.   However, it is believed tbat there are other creditors who were not on the petition.   The total amount paid is thought to be around £250,000.

Fans packed the courtroom and others waited outside.

Darlo fans block return of former owner

Darlington fans have blocked the return to the club of controversial former owner Raj Singh.  He was in charge when the club went into administration in 2012.

Darlington have made operating losses of £80,000 this season and Singh announced that he was prepared to invest £40,000 in the club.    Supporters took to social media to protest and, as a result, Singh decided to withdraw,

As a consequence of his withdrawal, and the reasons for it, a second potential investor also decided not to continue discussions.

Tranmere's financial challenges

Tranmere Rovers hope to win promotion to the Football League in today's play off final at Wembley, but the club has required some investment since Mark Palios bought the club in August 2014.

Average attendances of 5,000 bring in £1 million a year in gate receipts but the playing budget is £2 million, running Prenton Park costs £1 million and their academy £400,000.   Victory today would be worth £1.5m.

The club has developed a link up with China that will mean Tranmere recruiting coaches to work with the Little London School in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia.

Why do investors buy non-league clubs?

A correspondent sent me some interesting questions about investors who get involved in non-league football and I thought it would be worth reproducing them and my answers here.

Chelmsford City takeover collapses

The takeover of Chelmsford City by construction company Jade Global Group has collapsed.  The club is now looking for new investment.   Having increased their playing budget after the takeover was announced last summer, the club is now facing short-term financial pressures.

The Clarets looked assured of a place in the National League South play offs.