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The limits of fantasy football

A decision by the members of MyFootballClub to limit the transfer powers of Ebbsfleet United manager Liam Daish has been revised after it attracted criticism beyond the club.   132 members (out of a total of 3,000) voted to take transfers out of his hands.   Now only signings that attract a transfer fee (which many don't at that level) or bust the playing budget will go to a vote.

Wings deducted points over tax debt

Blue Square Bet South side Welling have been deducted five points after they provided incorrect financial information to the league about the extent of their debt to the taxman.   The club have paid off £45,000 of a £90,000 debt and have until December 1st to pay the rest.   If they fail to do so, they will become the latest non-league club to close.

Hoped-for investment in the club failed to materialise.   However, the Conference have released the £8,000 solidarity money they held back from the club.

The MyFootballClub experiment

BBC Radio London has produced an interesting in depth analysis of the MyFootballClub experiment at Ebbsfleet United.   Although the scheme struggles on with 3,500 members compared with 30,000 at peak, it has essentially been a failure.  The club has been relegated to the Blue Square South.

Former chairman steps in to save Cards

Blue Square South club Woking have been saved from going into administration by the intervention of their former chairman Chris Ingram.   The former owner of the Cards must stump up £200,000 to plug a funding gap.   He first rescued the club in 2002 and now has reluctantly had to come to their rescue again and become acting chairman.

Cards in crisis

IT entrepreneur Shahid Azeem has been forced out by a vote of no confidence at Woking after it became apparent that the Blue Square South club faced a financial black hole.    He claims that the club is in better financial shape when he took over.

Welling face winding up order

Blue Square South club Welling are the latest club to face a winding-up order from Revenue and Customs.  The club has reduced the debt by £30,000 with takings from pre-season matches, but a substantial amount remains.  A deal was nearly completed for the long-term owners, the Hobbins family, to sell the club to a local businessman but he turned out to have insufficient funds and has gone to Spain.

Failures and rescues in the non-league

The last week in the non-league has seen one likely failure, two rescues, one club on the brink and one set of fans disappointed.   This tally does not include our earlier story on Farnborough with the club avoiding a winding-up order at the last minute.   The recession has hit non-league clubs hard as they are often reliant on the owners of smaller businesses.   Cash is king at this level and cash flow at many clubs was hit by the bad winter weather.

Terras in trouble again

The long and troubled story of Blue Square South club Weymouth, at one time the subject of a 'fly on the wall' television series, has entered a new and dangerous phase.  The club is once again on the brink of going out of business and will be liquidated if three-quarters of their creditors do not approve a Company Voluntary Arrangement.   The club owe money to over 100 companies or former employees.   Former Cambridge United chairman George Rolls bought the Dorset club from adninistrators in November, but has revealed they are now near to £900,000 in the red. &

Non-league Clubs in Trouble

A number of non-league clubs are in trouble. Blue Square South club Lewes need to find £48,000 by tomorrow or face an Inland Revenue winding up order. The problem for the club is that Lewes, nice though it is, is hardly a football town and any fans there are can go into Brighton or even up to London without too much difficulty. Former League club Chester City, now in the Blue Square North, have not paid their players for November and December and now they have been told to find other clubs.

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The club was founded in 1890 and play at The Wessex Stadium (capacity 6,500). Average attendances had risen to over 1,500 for league matches (based on 2005/6 season figures supplied by the club), amongst the highest gates outside the top tiers of English football, but declined later in the decade following financial problems.