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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.

Hereford United avoid winding up order

Hereford United have avoided a winding up order by settling their outstanding bill with HM Revenue & Customs. However, they are not out of the wood as they have wages to pay at the end of the month and a further tax bill to meet in the not too far distant future.

In a statement on the club website the board said, 'As well as our continued work to reduce costs on a day to day basis, we also need to increase fundraising activates to generate around £10,000 extra per month for the remaining months of the season.'

Keeping a Conference club going

The chairman of Hereford United, David Keyte, has issued a statement on the club's website explaining its financial position. It is unusual in terms of the amount of detail that it provides about the financial challenges facing a Conference club struggling to survive.

In particular it brings out the consequences of relegation and has sensitive revenue is to a relatively small fall in attendances or even the loss of one match that could be expected to attract a good crowd.

Hereford face winding up order

Hereford United have spoken to an administrator over their financial woes, admits chairman David Keyte. Keyte says United have sought the advice of an administrator ‘should the worst scenario actually be necessary’. He has issued a new appeal for fresh investment.