Monday, March 31, 2008

News Round Up

On the pitch they face a battle tonight, but tomorrow Darlington will hear from their local Council over their £12million plans to add a sports complex, hotel, and bar to their existing site. The club have been told by planners that the scheme should be accepted, with current losses of £1.4million a year hoped to be wiped out by the plan.

Mansfield bidder John Batchelor has reacted angrily to the appointment of the town Mayor as Chairman of the club. He told The Chad: "What will the mayor bring to the club? I have other clubs wanting me to do this elsewhere. Then there comes this stupid idea to appoint the mayor and they didn't even have the courtesy to tell me about it. How to win friends and influence people is not a book Stephen Booth should write."

MK Dons are to sell tickets for their final four home games for a total of just £30 to adults in a bid to get some of the 33,000 they took to Wembley to come to home matches. The tickets, which are practically half price, include the Bulls trip to Stadium:MK on April 15th. Former Bulls keeper Ben Scott has joined up with Nicky Law at Alfreton Town. Scott was released by Hendesford last week after a two month stay at Keys Park.

Rotherham striker Chris O'Grady has confirmed he has walked out on the club as he will exercise his right to quit his contract with his wages unpaid. The club are also concerned at budgeting for the rest of the season with the Administrator budgeting for gates of 4,000 - 500 less than the pre-season expectations and 300 under the current average. Last week's home match attracted just 3,400 home fans, with under 3,000 expected for the next two games as their play-off hopes evaporated.

The Manager of the Month nominations have been made with Darren Ferguson, Paul Ince, Jim Gannon, and Alan Knill nominated. The winner will be named on Thursday. Stockport have loaned third choice keeper Chris Adamson to Northwich on emergency loan with both the Vics' keepers injured.

Crawley boss Steve Evans faces three seperate misconduct charges for an assortment of touchline dismissals over the last couple of weeks. He also had problems at Grays, with his car broken into according to local paper The Argus: "He had to drive home in the pouring rain with only a makeshift bin-liner protecting the gaping hole." No word about what he used to cover the broken window with though...

Bradford are set to break even this season for the first time in eight years. They last broke even in the Premiership, losing £1.5million over the last two years. Striker Peter Thorne has signed a new deal at the club, agreeing to a pay-cut to remain with the Bantams. Bournemouth's takeover has hit a snag after a major backer for the only bidder backed out six days before the group were due to meet creditors.