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The cost of relegation to League 2

Any relegation is difficult for a club.   It's a blow to morale and a big financial setback as well.  But the costs of relegation from League 2 to the Conference are particularly heavy.   Just look at the clubs who have found it difficult to return to the Football League: among them Grimsby, Lincoln, Luton, Mansfield and York (who have had the longest stay at the lower level).

Unusual kit sponsorship deal

Kettering Town are in a financially precarious position and Betfair have come up with an unusual sponsorship deal to help them out.   They are sponsoring this Saturday's match against Stockport County, but players must take to the field in complete 1970s replica kit, including vintage-style shirts and the 'short shorts' which were typical of the era.


The sponsorship commemorates the fact that the Poppies were the first English side to have a sponsor's name on their shirts.

'Grim situation' at Darlo

Mark Meynell from DFC 1883 has admitted that Darlington is facing an 'emergency'.  He commented, 'It's a grim picture and we're in a very difficult place.'

Wrexham head for surplus

Wrexham was only taken over by the Supporters Trust in November but now it looks as if they could be heading for a surplus of around £200k at the end of the season rather than a projected deficit of £700k.  A great cup run helped, of course, while average attendances have been 700 above a projected figure of 3,100.

Some caution is necessary as the club is still spending £1.27 for every £1 it brings in.

Poppies in jeopardy

Fears are growing for the future of Kettering Town with a takeover announced last week by Cambridge-based Weymouth owner George Rolls yet to go through.  Rolls is reported to be running out of patience with Kettering chairman Imran Ladak.

County secure loan

Stockport County FC have secured a £180,000 loan from the local council against an outstanding tranche of a transfer payment.

Whilst this will deal with any immediate cash flow problems, questions remain surrounding the football club's finances.  The wage bill has been slashed following the departure of a number of players and recent average attendances have increased to 3,700, well above a supposed 2,500 break even point in the club's business plan.

Does moving stadium make sense?

A new research-based sports blog makes a careful assessment of the pros and cons of moving to a new stadium with particular reference to the cases of Southampton and Lincoln City.   Both push and pull factors may be involved.

Darlo deadline day

Darlington's stay of execution secured by the Rescue Group comes to an end tomorrow.  The extension raised over £100,000 in gate receipts but with debts of nearly £500,000 an investor has to be found.

Cash boost for Lincoln

Financially troubled Lincoln City have received a cash boost of £500,000.   The club took a big hit when it was relegated from the Football League with an estimated loss of £1m in revenues.   The money has been raised through share sales to individuals and businesses already associated with the club including the Supporters' Trust.   The money is likely to be used to meet running expenses.

Darlo still alive - just

Despite having the contracts of all players and staff terminated by the administrator, Darlington FC are still alive - just.   It is believed that it would be possible within Blue Square Premiership rules to re-hire them for Saturday's match.