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Stockport County secure ground

Stockport County's Edgeley Park ground has been purchased by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council which will now act as the club's landlord.  Previous owners Cheshire Sports Promotions have agreed a £2m deal with the council.

Cheshire Sports have owned the ground since 2003 when Stockport County was sold to Brian Kennesy, owner of the rugby union side Sale Sharks.   In 2010 the club was taken over by a consortium and in 2012 Salle Sharks moved out of Edgeley Park.

Bulls revival

Leading football journalist David Conn provides an interesting account of the revival of Hereford United as Hereford FC. They have sold a thousand season tickets which is well above the norm for the level of non-league football they are now at.   A recent away game at Malvern Town broke their attendance record with over 2,000 present.

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.  

Torquay takeover completed

The takeover of Torquay United by a consortium of 10 local businessmen led by former striker Dean Edwards has at last been completed. Because of the uncertainty, only 57 season tickets have been sold for next season.

Ashley Gateshead rumours denied

Rumours that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was interested in buying Gateshead have been denied.   The notion was that the Conference side would be used to develop young Magpies players, but that could be achieved anyway through a link up.

Five potential buyers have come forward, including ones from Texas and the south of France.  Current chairman Graham Wood has put £10m in the club over the last ten years.

Gateshead FC for sale

Gateshead owner Brian Wood has put the club up for sale.   He has bankrolled his home town club for the past nine years but has not been able to achieve his ambition of returning them to the Football League after an absence of 55 years.   At the age of 71, he feels it is time to call it a day.

Bristol Rovers sue Sainsbury's

As Bristol Rovers prepare for a play-off final that could return them to the Football League after one season, they are also appearing in the High Court to sue Sainsbury's.

The supermarket chain was going to bulldoze the Memorial Ground to build a supermarket.   However, with the changes in the retail sector, they have pulled out of the scheme.   They claim that it is because they are unhappy with conditions in the planning permission that restrict the number of trucks that can deliver at night.

The future of North Ferriby United

The following statement has been issued by North Ferriby United: 'The last two years have seen an injection of over a quarter of a million pounds into North Ferriby United. This has undoubtedly led to the recent success that all involved in the club have enjoyed and experienced.'

Doubts about Premier League assistance

The £1 billion provided by the Premier League out of the new £5.14bn television deal for grassroots football, solidarity payments to lower leagues, help for the disadvantaged and other purposes has been generally welcomed by fan organisations.   

They have also welcomed the intention to make the Premier League a living wage organisation, although some doubts have been expressed about how this will apply to sub-contractors such as match day stewards.

New stadium plans could boost Imps

Former Football League clubs find the Conference something of a challenge.   There is only one automatic promotion place with one promotion place being awarded through the lottery of play offs.  The revenue of clubs is hit badly while they have to try and adjust their budgets.   Hereford United went under and are being reborn as a phoenix club.