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Mystery surrounds new Salisbury City owner

Although they are grateful to escape the fate of Hereford United in being expelled from the Football Conference, Salisbury City fans are somewhat bemused by their new owner.

Hereford United expelled from Conference

Hereford United have lost their battle against expulsion from the Football Conference.   Despite a number of extensions of time to give them an opportunity to sort out their finances, their debts were too big to deal with.

Speaking on the Hereford United website last night, Hereford United owner Tommy Agombar gave the following statement:

Two Conference clubs given Thursday deadline

Hereford United and Salisbury City have been given until 5 p.m. on Thursday to sort out their ownership issues and football debts.   If they fail to do so, they may be thrown out of the Football Conference.

Reprieve for Hereford United

It looks like another eleventh hour reprieve for a football club with the winding up petition against the club brought by a former manager suspended by the High Court for 28 days yesterday.   This is to give the club time to sort out its options.

The club has been taken over by a London businessman Terry Agombar.   However, the Football Conference is insisting that all debts to football creditors have to be dealt with by their annual general meeting on Friday.

Hereford risk being thrown out of Conference

Hereford United are at risk of being thrown out of the Football Conference.   They did submit a budget for next season, but the league is insisting on compelling evidence that they can meet their obligations and pay football creditors.

B league plan unpopular

Among the proposals from Greg Dyke's FA Commission, that for a new league for B teams has attracted most controversy.   A not uncommon response is why the lower leagues should be expected to sort out problems caused by the Premiership's 'greed'.

Under the plan there would be a new League 3 from 2016-17 with ten 'B' teams from top sides and ten Conference sides.   There would be promotion and relegation, but 'B' teams could not be promoted beyond League 1.  

Alfreton Town FC up for sale

Alfreton Town FC have been put up for sale by owner Wayne Bradley after their best ever finish in the Conference.  He feels that he has taken the football club as far as he can.

Attendances have been falling with an average of under a thousand.   Any new investor would have to ask if the club has reached the highest level that it could reasonably attain given the size and potential of its catchment area.

Hereford United on the brink

Hereford United are on the brink of administration after they were served a £36,500 winding up order by HM Revenue and Customs.  Hereford's MP has asked for a degree of forbearance, but football clubs can't be exempted from meeting their tax obligations.

Cash flow problems as 'tiny' club push for league status

Alfreton Town are currently third in the Football Conference and therefore have a chance of promotion to the Football League. The Derbyshire town has a population, counting surrounding villages, of around 25,000 and the attendance at Saturday's game was just over 800. Table topping Luton Town can easily attract 6,000 or 7,000.

Maidstone hot up 3G War

The Football Conference could face a big legal bill as Maidstone United step up their battle to be allowed to play on a 3G pitch next year. They are currently top of the Ryman Premier, with financially challenged Dulwich Hamlet on the same number of points.

There is something of a chicken game in the threats of legal action as Maidstone would prefer to settle out of court. Conference chairman Brian Lee has used the pejorative term 'blackmail'. Anyone is entitled to take legal action if they think they have a case, although I am not convinced that the Maidstone case is that strong.