Thursday, February 24, 2011

News Round Up

Bradford are offering their season ticket holders the chance to bring a friend for £1 in the latest discounted ticket offer around the leagues. There are no limits on the number of additional tickets fans can buy for the match with Stockport on Saturday, with joint Chairman Julian Rhodes telling their official site: "Let's not beat around the bush. The ambition for the season now is to survive as a league club. We don't want to even contemplate the consequences if that doesn't happen."

The local Accrington press is reporting that their ownership issue should be resolved in the next week. Former chairman Eric Whalley stepped down in 2009 but still retains the majority stake in the club, but the Lancashire Telegraph says Whalley is set to take a settlement on his shares and transfer ownership within seven days. Port Vale bidder Mo Chaudry has called for the club's board to 'stop stalling' after chairman Bill Bratt claimed a deal could take up to four months to happen. Chaudry claims a deal can be done in weeks.

Swindon are holding an open training session at the County Ground today as part of their community programme. The first team squad will be put through their paces with over 1,000 fans reported to be in attendance. The bookies have made Martin Foyle the favourite to be the next Grimsby boss. The current Bristol Rovers coach heads the list at 3/1, with ex-Pirates boss Paul Trollope 5/1. Darlington boss Mark Cooper is one of three on 6/1.

Lincoln have extended the loan of Notts County defender David Hunt for a second month. The League One side have a 24-hour recall clause on the deal. Wrexham's current owner has moved to deny press claims that the club is on the verge of Administration. A local hotel owner has made a move to buy the club, with departing owner Geoff Moss confirming to the press that he would no longer fund the club's losses so that a quick sale was needed.

Ex-Bull Alan Connell is one of two Grimsby players that have been the subject of fake Facebook accounts that have been used to abuse supporters. The club have asked the social networking site to remove the pages. Burton forward Calvin Zola faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. The loanee from Crewe was subbed during the first half of their battering at Wycombe.

Two clubs have released drawings of their new grounds. Rotherham's 12,000 seater plans have been designed by the same company responsible for Bristol Rovers' stadium redevelopment. FC United of Manchester have also produced details of their new Ten Acres Lane ground in Newton Heath. Their ground will have three sides of terrace, only one of which will be covered initially.

Barnet are to trial striker Danny Kelly as a central defender in a reserve match tonight in a bid to cure their defensive woes. The 20 year old has hardly played this season due to injuries and will be tested in a Herts Senior Cup match. The Bees are still without ex-Bull Darren Dennehy and fellow central defender Daniel Leach, neither of whom have played since September.