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Asian takeover at Alfreton?

The acquistion of Ebbsfleet United by Kuwaiti investors suggested that foreign takeovers were starting to spread to non-league clubs.   But Ebbsfleet is located in a relatively prosperous area on the outskirts of London.  No one predicted that Alfreton Town would be the next target.

The weight of expectation

Do fans' expectations of success differ greatly between clubs and have they changed over time? There can be no precise answer, because we lack relevant data and would find it difficult to interpret even if we did have it, but it still a question worth posing.

Range of budgets in Conference

The range of playing budgets in the Skrill Premier is as big as in any league and probably bigger than in most. Forest Green and Luton are estimated to be on over £1 million a year. Benefactor club Forest Green and former League club Luton both failed to get promoted last year.

There is then a gap to the £500k-£750k range, all of them teams who at one time have played in the Football League such as relegated Barnet and Grimsby Town. However, some former league clubs are in the £250k - £500k range including Lincoln City and Hereford.

Football Conference finds sponsor

With little over a fortnight to go to the start of the season the Football Conference has found a new title sponsor for the next three seasons - global online payment company Skrill. The newly named leagues will now be known as The Skrill Premier, The Skrill North and The Skrill South.

Conference's sponsorship dilemma

The Football League did not find it easy to secure a new sponsorship after the end of the npower contract, but eventually concluded a dual deal this week. The Conference face a similar dilemma following the end of the Blue Square Bet deal and time to secure a new sponsor is running out.

What fate for Aldershot Town?

The fate of Aldershot Town hangs in the balance and it is uncertain whether the rescue bid will succeed. The club started as a phoenix club after their predecessors folded and this article takes an in depth look at their story.

BT and Conference do deal

As widely anticipated, the Football Conference and BT Sport have agreed a two-year deal for the new channels to show thirty live matches a season from the Conference Premier.

BT Sport will host live broadcasts from the grounds for twenty-five league matches, plus both legs of the play-off semis and the Promotion Final at Wembley, from the start of the 2013/14 season in August.

BT close to Conference deal

BT Vision are hungry for content in their battle with BSkyB and it looks as if they are close to a £300,000 deal to show Football Conference game as well as stream them online. It is thought that 25-30 live games will be shown in the first season.

For the last three years the Conference has had a deal with Premier Sports which saw home clubs paid £5,000 and visiting clubs £1,000 for each live broadcast. It's a long way from the riches of the Premiership.

The resurgence of Newport County

It's been a good year for Welsh football. Swansea City won the League Cup and established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Premiership where they will be joined next season by Cardiff City.

But in many ways the most remarkable story has been that of Newport County, albeit their promotion out of the Conference was achieved at the expense of another Welsh club, fan-run Wrexham. They are back in the Football League after a quarter of a century away.

Aldershot Town FC enter administration

Aldershot Town FC have entered administration following their relegation from League 2. They have debts totalling £1m, of which £300k is owed to football creditors. Player wages for April were not paid.

Club chairman Shahid Azeem had been in talks with owner and majority shareholder Kris Machala over acquiring his stake in the club, but the talks broke down after Machala demanded proof of funds.