Darlington, Kettering, and Northwich Victoria

20th January, 2012

The past couple of weeks has highlighted the precarious state of football in the lower leagues of English football with numerous clubs threatened with closure or facing homelessness.

The case of Darlington has been well documented, with the club going into administration for the third time as owner Raj Singh felt he could no longer sustain the club – a situation made worse by the fact they are playing in a huge stadium with low crowds. After seeing all of the playing staff being made redundant at the beginning of the week, fans have clubbed together to find enough money to finance the club until the end of the month. Beyond that the situation is unclear. Read more about their siutaiton on the Darlo Trust website here: http://www.darlotrust.co.uk/

Kettering Town have been struggling financially for a while and their plight is as serious as Darlington’s with little clarity on wheteher they will even be able to field a team on Saturday against Wrexham. You can see more details here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16617069.stm

Northwich Victoria have found themselves potentially homeless after their ground was purchased by a chemical manufacturing company, and the club were served notice and told they would no longer be allowed to play at the Victoria Ground with immediate effect. You can read more at the Trust’s website here: http://www.nvfc.co.uk/.

CPST wishes to express its support and backing for all the Trusts involved in helping save their clubs in this difficult time.

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