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No pay for Hereford players

Hereford United players were sent a group text yesterday telling them that they will not get their wages for April. The players were already owed money as they were not paid in full in March.

The price of relegation from the Premiership

Today's Times publishes an informative survey of the finances of each club in the Barclays Premier League. Net debt figures at many clubs are high in relation to turnover. But one has to remember that many businesses operate on the basis of a platform of debt. Of course, if insecure debts are divided up, re-packaged and sold on, that is when you get the kind of problems that led to the global financial crisis.

Search for new Conference sponsor is on

With the completion of the takeover of loss-making Blue Square by Betfair, the search for a new sponsor for the Football Conference is on. Indeed, the Football League does not have a headline sponsor for next season. Undoubtedly a sponsor will be found in both cases: the real question is how much they are prepared to pay.

The benefits and costs of a cup run

Luton Town have made £600,000 from their FA Cup run, including a £233,200 broadcast fee from ESPN for their home against Millwall.   However, it simply eats into projected losses of £2m this season as they try to return to the Football League.

They have spent big on their squad.   Indeed, the consortium in charge at Kenilworth Road has already ploughed £10m into the club.   But at the moment they are 8th in the Blue Square Premiership, although they have games in hand on the clubs above them.

Fleet ask fans to dig deep

Cash flow at Ebbsfleet United has been hit by the postoponement of two home games due to the winter weather and the club has launched a 'Lose your pounds or Lose your club appeal to fans.'  Fans have been asked to donate £30 each.

Could Rangers join Conference?

Blue Square Conference clubs are discussing whether to invite Rangers to join their league.   Rangers are unhappy about a planned restructuring of the Scottish leagues that would see them languishing in the bottom division even if they won the third division this year.

Conference may need new sponsor

The Conference may be looking for a new sponsor with the future of Blue Square Bet in doubt.   The future of Blue Square Bet , who are in their sixth season of sponorship, is being reviewed by owners Rank Group.   The business is running at an operating loss and Rank wants to concentrate its resources on its bingo and casino activities.

Pie high

Kidderminster Harriers have defended their £4 pies against criticism that they are the most expensive football grub in the country.   However, the club argues that the 'home baked' cottage pies are a meal in themselves.

Bargain basement football

The recent financial troubles of Hereford United raise questions about just how much it does cost to run a club in the lower divisions, interpreted here to mean League 2 and the Conference.

Consider wages first.   I have been told not that a not untypical wage in the Conference is £500 a week. Interestingly that is equivalent to the median gross (before tax) wage in the UK which was £501 a week in 2011 (and probably hasn't changed much since then).

Can Hereford United avoid administration?

As it so happens, I had a pleasant day out in the mild autumn weather in Herefordshire yesterday.  The road signs at the county border showing a bull and a 'we can' slogan got me thinking about the fate of Hereford United.   When I got home there was an e-mail directing me a statement by the club about its financial plight.