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Good progress at Darlington

Volunteer run Darlington are making good progress with turnover up 18 per cent at £341,000.   All debts have been cleared and there is around £300,000 in the bank.   However, more help is needed from a wider range of volunteers.

One disappointment is that the club has not moved backed to Darlington and continues to play at Bishops Auckland.  Negotiations for a ground share at Darlington RFC continue.

FC United get stadium go ahead

A court hearing has rejected an attempt to quash the planning permision for FC United's new stadium. The club currently plays at Bury's ground at Giggs Lane.

Football League or Dog Rubbish United?

It's no contest as far as poultry wholesaler Dai Davis, the driving force behind AFC Fylde is concerned. The club is now three steps away from the Football League and plans to be there by 2022.

Known at one time as Kirkham and Wesham, the club rebranded and moved to their own stadium.  They see their appeal as now encompassing the Lytham St. Annes area from their location south-east of Blackpool.

Vics hope to stay at ground

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Northwich Victoria hope to stay at the Victoria Ground until the end of the season.   Last week they were served with an eviction notice by receivers Deloitte Touche from the ground which was only built in 2005 and has a 5,000 capacity.   Witton Albion's ground is 500 yards away.

Nimby threat to FC United plans

FC United are working to overcome any opposition from 'Nimbys' opposed to their proposed new stadium in Moston.   Residents in a neighbourhood are always uncertain about a new football stadium because of concern about the possible effect on house prices and parking problems.  Certainly the local impact of the proposed 5,000 seater stadium would not be trivial.

FC United find new stadium site

FC United Manchester have found a new location for their planned 5,000-capacity stadium.   A deal to build on Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath was torpedoed by local government funding cutbacks.  However, with the approval of Manchester City Council's executive committee, the club have selected the Ronald Johnson playing fields in nearby Moston as their new home.   The Red Rebels currently play at the Giggs Lane home of League Two club Bury.

Setback for FC United's plans

FC United have received a blow to their plans to move to a new stadium at Newton Heath which was where Manchester United originated.  The plan to build a £3.5m 5,000 capacity stadium at Ten Acres Lane is being reviewed by Manchester City Council after severe cutbacks in government funding.

The club has raised £1.3m of the £1.5m they aim to secure through their community share offer.  The City Council remain committed to find the club a new home by 2012.

FC United plan own stadium

FC United, the club founded by Manchester United fans, are going ahead with plans to build their own stadium.   The team currently plays at Bury's ground where they attract crowds of more than 2,000.   The stadium will have a 5,000 capacity and cost £3.5m.  It will be located in the Newton Heath area where Manchester United originated.  Most of the money will be raised through a community share fund which will offer a financial return, of up to 2 per cent above base ra

It's the Evo-Stik league

The Northern Premier League have signed a three-year deal with adhesive manufacturers Evo-Stik.  For 16 years the competition was known as the Unibond League, a long time for one competition sponsor to stay in place.  Now Unibond have been replaced by their business rivals.   The deal is worth six figures per season and clubs can expect a generous increase on their existing payments.  Evo-Stik are also going to invest money into facilities and community initiatives.

Danes back in picture at Chester

The Danish consortium who made an unsuccessful last minute bid to save Chester City from extinction have re-surfaced in the discussions about the formation of a successor club.   Mystery surrounds the identity of the Scandinavian group Fodbold Selskabet who have applied to use the Deva Stadium next season.   However, City Fans United who want to take the reformed club into the Unibond Premier next season have expressed concerns that the secretive consortium may have links with the controversial old regime at the club.