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When is a city a city?

Some clubs from relatively small towns have the name 'City' after their title, e.g., Ely City.   This is because they are the home to a cathedral, but the secular status of being a 'city' is quite different.   It has been recently granted to Brighton and Wolverhampton, for example.

Derbies bring in the crowds

The ability of local derbies to attract big crowds is shown in the attendance figures for the National League and its north and south divisions for the 2015-16 seasons.

The biggest crowd in the National League was for the Lincolnshire derby between Grimsby and Lincoln (7.650).  This was followed by Tranmere Rovers versus Chester (7.433) and Wrexham versus Tranmere Rovers (6,707).

Truro City need £500,000

Truro City need half a million pounds of investment if they are to make it into the National League.  This year they lost in the play-off semi-final.

Peter Masters and Phillip Perryman took control of the club in 2012 when it was on the verge of liquidation.   £25,000 has been pumped into the club every month this season.  It will soon be debt free.

How viable is the project to have a top flight non-league club in Cornwall?  It is a rugby county and many incomers have allegiances elsewhere.   There are also pockets of support for Plymouth Argyle.

Takeover at Welling

A deal is expected to be concluded which will lead to former Crystal Palace chairman Mark Goldberg taking majority control at Welling United.   The Wings have been relegated to the National League South.

Barry Hobbins has been involved with the club since it was formed in 1963, at one time sharing ownership with his brother who passed away.  

The non-league route to glory

Rich individuals sometimes think that investing in a non-league club can be a route to football glory.  It can work, Fleetwood Town being an example.  It can also go pear shaped when the money runs out, as happened at Rushden and Diamonds.  At AFC Fylde, in the play off positions in the National League North, the jury is still out.

Truro no longer need to ground share

Truro City are not going to ground share at Torquay United next season.  A compromise has been reached that will allow them to stay at Treyew Road until their new stadium at Silver Bow is completed. Construction work there is expected to start in October 2016 and be finished by June 2017.

They are also going to install a 250-seat covered stand to allow them to compete in the play offs.

Maidstone's success story

The latest financial results from Maidstone United show a clear success story.   Turnover is up to £1.36m and profits are £245,000.   Admittedly, a FA Cup run helped these figures.

Nevertheless, the underlying story is a strong one.   Wages account for less than 20 per cent of turnover, with funds being put into expanding the capacity of he stadium with its 3G pitch.   Attendances and season ticket sales are up.

Balancing the books at the Dripping Pan

Lewes have played at the Dripping Pan for 120 years.   Like all non-league clubs, balancing the books is a challenge and the chairman of the community-owned club has given an interesting interview on how they try to meet it.

Stockport stadium secure

Stockport County's future at Edgeley Park is secure after Stockport Council agreed to buy the ground to avert a risk of demolition.   Owners Cheshire Sports were understand to have received an offer for the stadium leading to fears that it might be bulldozed for development.

It's costing the Council £2m, but the mortgage should be covered by the rent paid by the club.  

Could Bath City become next supporter owned club?

Plans are in place for Bath City to become the next supporter owned club.   However, fans need to raise £1.4m to acquire the club, pay off creditors and provide enough working funds for next season.  Former chairman Mandy Rigby is owed £170k.