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Knitters unravelled?

Former Hinckley United chairman Keith Downes has urged the club to negotiate with him as they face a winding up order in court in Birmingham on Friday. Downes, as trustee of the family pension fund, claims that they are owed over £187,000 due to unpaid rent on the building behind the main stand which houses the boardroom, club office, changing rooms and bar

Totton tells a tale

Meteoric rises involving benefactors who then withdraw their support often end in tears and that, sadly, appears to be the story at AFC Totton.   Players' wages have gone unpaid and there was even talk of a strike over Easter.

Kettering Town FC given stay of execution

After yet another deadline was missed, Kettering Town FC have been given a further stay of execution by the Southern Premier League.  This weekend's game against Barwell has been called off, but the club has had its transfer embargo lifted so that it can recruit players and field a side.

Kettering's fate in the balance

The Southern League have announced that tomorrow's game between Kettering Town and Bideford Town is off given that the electricity has been cut off at Nene Park.   Meanwhile, Leamington chairman Jim Scott is claiming that they could lose thousands if the Poppies go under.   Their match with Kettering was called off on Tuesday.

Kettering could be about to fold

The 130-year history of Kettering Town Football Club could be about to end.  The Poppies were unable to field a team for tonight's away fixture at Leamington.   Local sources in Leamington suggested that they could only find six players.  Some players have not been paid for September. They fielded a team of ten at last week's heavy defeat at Bashley.

Brakes cut playing budget

The financial challenges being faced by non-league clubs are illustrated by the case of Leamington. Shareholding is widely dispersed among fans and the club is run on a prudent basis.  However, the club admits that it has been a struggle to balance the books in recent years despite a significant increase in commercial revenue.

Benefactor walks away

Benefactors can bring untold riches to clubs.  But they can also suddenly walk away, transforming a club's prospects in the opposite direction.   This can be because their money dries up or because they become disillusioned.   The latter applies to Evo-Stik Southern Premier club AFC Totton, currently second in the division.

What it costs to run a non-league club

Even at the third tier of the non-league, football clubs cost quite a lot of money to run.  The annual accounts of the club in which I am involved were recently published for the year to 30 June 2010.  One fact that immediately stands out is that even at this level player renumeration accounted for 65 per cent of turnover.

Evo-Stik moves south

After two years as the Zamaretto League, the Southern League has recruited Evo-Stik as its new sponsors.  They already sponsor the Northern Premier League where their deal is reportedly worth £150,000 a year.  The Southern League will receive an estimated £100,000, a great improvement on the £35,000 a year provided by Zamaretto.

Halesowen Town in danger

Zamaretto Premier League team Halesowen Town FC face a real danger of going out of business after their main benefactor stopped bankrolling the club.   Godfrey Ingram took exception to an article in the Halesowen News which revealed that he was facing a lawsuit in the USA which included claims of racketeering.   He accused the paper of sensationalising a private business matter and announced his immediate in