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Anyone Want To Buy a Conference Club For £1?

Is there anyone interested in buying a debt free, mid-table Conference club for £1? If you are, then get in touch with Salisbury City, although you would have to dig deep into your pockets to subsidise the team. The current directors will relinquish control next month. Chairman Neville Beal commented, 'We couldn't dig any deeper. We have put a lot of money, but clubs at this [Blue Square Premier] level need a bit more.' Earlier this season sponsors and supporters tried to raise £100,000 to underwrite wages, but only managed to raise £35,000.

Conference Clubs In Tax Trouble

At least nine Conference clubs have tax bills threatening their existence. A higher number of clubs than expected from the Blue Square Premier, North and South have fallen foul of the stringent quarterly checks after the summer launch of the Financial Reporting initiative. This was set up by the Conference and the FA to monitor the returns of clubs to HM Revenue and Customs. Conference chairman Brian Lee said, 'Part of the problem is that football is an incomparable industry.

Wrexham AFC's Ambitious Plan

Blue Square Conference side Wrexham has revealed an ambitious £40m investment plan designed to transform the former league club's finances and lead to the rebuilding of the historic Kop. The club has lodged revised plans for a £40m Glyndwr University village with space for 800 students, the income from which it is hoped will clear the club's massive £3m-£4m debts. Any further profit would then be used to finance the rebuilding of the historic Kop stand, which is currently out of action.