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Stadium loan was misappropriated

An in depth look at what has been happening at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium.   It appears that of a £10.25m loan made available by the local council, only £2m was spent on stadium redevelopment.   Police are investigating,

Pope's team is coming home

The football team supported by Pope Francis, CA San Lorenzo de Almagro, is to have a new stadium built on the one it was evicted from 36 years ago.   The picture above shows him displaying their traditional red and blue colours.

Stadium refit key for Bristol City

Bristol City majority shareholder Steve Lansdown sees the stadium refit currently under way at Ashton Gate as key to their ability to compete in the Championship and eventually aspire to promotion to the Premier League.

As it is the Robins cannot compete with teams with parachute payments, but the refit will boost capacity at the stadium to 27,000.  It is hoped that this will boost attendances, currently averaging 15,000, to over 20,000.

Spurs get go ahead for new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur have received planning permission for their new stadium at White Hart Lane.  The club hope to make the move into a £400m, 61,000-seat stadium in time for the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

In order to allow NFL matches to take place at the arena the new stadium will have a number of special features.  These will include a retractable pitch, larger changing rooms and extra facilities for medical treatment and physiotherapy.

Barca want to be first €1bn club

Barcelona have a six year plan to become the first club with €1bn in revenues.  Current revenues are €600m and it is felt necessary to lift them to counter the growing financial clout of the Premier League.

AFC Wimbledon to return home

AFC Wimbledon have received planning permission to build a new stadium close to their historic home in Plough Lane.   To be built on the site of an old greyhound stadium, the new ground will have a capacity of 11,000 with scope for expansion to 20,000.   The plan includes provision for 602 residential units and a leisure club.

Chelsea hopeful of securing Wembley deal

Chelsea are increasingly hopeful of securing a deal with the FA to use Wembley as their home ground whlle they redevelop Stamford Bridge.   The possible alternative was Twickenham which would be nearer to their main support base, but there were objectiosn from local residents.

If they get planning permission next summer, Chelsea are hoping to start work on the redevelopment in the summer of 2017.   They would then need to leave Stamford Bridge for three seasons for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Chelsea put in planning application for Bridge

Chelsea have put in a planning application to redevelop their historic home at Stamford Bridge as a 60,000 seater stadium.   Over the years Chelsea have considered moving to alternative sites at Battersea and Earl's Court.

However, their present location has signiificant advantages, even if the works involved are on a big scale. The planning process itself is likely to extend beyond the end of the season.

Cobblers inquiry widened

Quite what has been happening at Northampton Town is far from clear and may not be for some time as allegations of financial irregularities are not easy to investigate.

However, it appears that the scope of the inquiry has widened and investigative football journalist David Conn tries to get to the bottom of what has been going on.

Spain's third force

For a long time Spanish football has been dominated by a duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona.  The championship victory of Atlético Madrid in 2013-14, along with their Champions League final, challenged that pattern.