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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.

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.