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Southern Premier League


City move out of town

Both of England's two leading university towns, Oxford and Cambridge, each have two non-league clubs. In the case of Oxford, Oxford United (formerly Headington United reflecting the location of their old ground) were at one time in the top flight of English football. They are now playing in the Conference and are top on goal difference with hopes of returning to the Football League next season.

Merthyr Tydfil FC on the Brink

Merthyr Tydfil chairman Wyn Holloway says there is 'next to no chance' of the Welsh club surviving the summer. The BGB Premier club survived a winding up order after fans pledged to pay £7,000 owed to HM Revenue and Customs. However, the Martyrs have other debts totalling more than £315,000, including around £25,000 to league sponsors British Gas. The Martyrs ToThe Cause fans' group say they will only take over the club if Holloway keeps the six-figure debt in his name. But the Oxfordshire-based businessmen refused and admits Merthyr face a bleak future.