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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.

Ebbsfleet plan stadium revamp

Ebbsfleet United's stadium at Stonebridge Road is over 100 years ols and the club is planning a major revamp.   Each stand would be replaced over the next few years at a cost of £3m.   Work on the first phase, replacing the stand along Stonebridge Road, would start at the end of the current season if planning permission can be secured.   Capacity would increase from 4,000 to 6,000.

Big variations in non-league budgets

It is a big temptation for benefactors of clubs in the Premiership and Football League to try and buy success.   In particular, many Championship clubs seek to chase glory through their cheque book, even more so now that financial fair play rules have been diluted.   It can all end with an empty wallet and a sour taste in the mouth.

Stadium crisis at Hayes and Yeading

Conference South club Hayes & Yeading may only have three months to come up with £300,000 or face closure.    They need this just to move into their partly built new home at Beaconsiield Road and another £1.2m to complete the structure of their main stand.    The club ground shared at Woking and more recently at Maidenhead United.

Salisbury City 'stitched up' by FA and Conference

Salisbury City fans understandably feel aggrieved after their appeal against expulsion from the Conference South was dismissed by the Football Association a few days before the start of the season. They consider that they were 'stitched up' by the FA and the Football Conference.

It's the Vanarama Conference

The Football Conference have announced Vanarama as title sponsor for the 2014/15 season.  The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15.

Messi, Maradona, Pele, Best and Beckham have game stopped

Messi, Pele, Maradona, David Beckham and George Best will not be playing in Farnborough's home game against Chelmsford City this afternoon or at Havant & Waterlooville on Monday. The Skrill Football Conference has called the games off.

Kuwaitis swoop for Blue Square South side

Foreign investment now reaches into the second level of the non-league pyramid with Kuwaiti firm KEH Sports Ltd. acquiring Ebbsfleet United.   A subsidiary of the Kuwaiti European Holding Company, they have been advised by former Charlton Athletic chief executive Peter Varney.

Kuwaiti company gears up for European football investment

Former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney has been appointed as chief executive of a Kuwaiti company seeking to make investments in European football. KEH were founded in 2008 and up to now have focused on real estate, tourism and health care.

KEH have extensive property investments interests in Sussex, including a major property development at Newhaven which includes a water park. They also own the Ambassador hotel on the Eastbourne seafront.

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.