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Fears continue over Salford"s future after club cancel friendly with Leigh

Fears continue over Salford's future after club cancel winter friendly with Leigh

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16:29 GMT, 21 December 2012

Salford have called off their festive friendly against Leigh amid continuing uncertainty over the club's future.

The City Reds, who are due in court on January 7 to face a winding-up petition, say they are unable to raise a team for the friendly, which was due to take place at the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, December 30.

Reds coach Phil Veivers, who has been able to make just one new signing so far for Super League XVIII, said: 'It's unfortunate but we had to make the right call.

Game over: The clash at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium has been called off

Game over: The clash at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium has been called off

'We have a few too many knocks and niggles this week and, as everybody knows we are a bit light on personnel at the moment anyway with the current situation.

'We felt it was better to give the boys an extended break over Christmas and prepare ourselves fully for the Swinton game on January 6.'

Salford's bank account remains frozen and recruitment hinges on new investment in the club taking place.

The club, who are faced with a tax bill in the region of 50,000, need to find around 600,000 in the next six weeks to pay off their debts.

Joe Cole comeback poor Liverpool Twitter

What HAS happened to Joe Cole He was so poor, a Liverpool fan wants him replaced… with a shopping trolley!

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10:51 GMT, 1 November 2012

Yet another comeback from Joe Cole ended in disappointment and the Liverpool midfielder left Anfield after a 3-1 Capital One Cup exit to Swansea with manager Brendan Rodgers less than impressed.

The former England international, who turns 31 next week, made his first start since the Europa League qualifier against Gomel on August 2 but lasted just 45 minutes.

And Liverpool fans were quick to attack Cole on Twitter. One said he was starting a petition to replace Cole in the team with an 'upside down shopping trolley.' Another said he could not imagine a worse performance by a Premier League footballer.

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Another @jd77 Tweeted: 'Is there no way Liverpool can fine Cole 2 weeks wages for playing s**** And @LFCTransferNRS wrote: 'Cole is on 90k per week wages for THOSE kind of performances from last night. He's a real waste of money.'

Cole was trending on Twitter yesterday morning as fans attacked his performance. He was withdrawn at half-time for captain Steven Gerrard with Rodgers admitting former Swans star Joe Allen was the only midfielder to perform well in the opening 45 minutes.

Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer put the visitors 2-0 up and, although another interval substitute Luis Suarez quickly reduced the deficit, Jonathan de Guzman added a third in added time.

'The club have invested an astronomical amount of money on a talented player and Joe had the opportunity,' said Rodgers.

'He has been back fit a couple of weeks and his opportunities have been limited but you have to see.

'I thought it was difficult for him, it was too slow and it wasn't what I would expect from a team I tried to set up to be dynamic.'

Cole, signed on a free transfer from Chelsea by Roy Hodgson on wages of 100,000 a week, spent last season on loan at Lille.

He returned to Anfield this summer determined to make an impression on a manager he knew from their time together at Stamford Bridge but he is just not fitting in and further first-team chances appear slim.

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Rodgers was unhappy with his side's first-half performance in particular and was gracious to admit his former club deserved their victory.

'I thought the best team won. We were too slow, there was no tempo in the first half,' admitted the Northern Irishman, who left south Wales to take over from Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in June.

'It is disappointing. You can only hurt (from the result) if you are the better team and I thought they were the better team.

'I am disappointed to be out of the competition but I don't think we can have any complaints.'

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, having succeeded Rodgers, hailed the club's achievement of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

Marching on: Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals

Marching on: Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals

'I think we deserved the win and it is not very often you can say that as a manager playing at Anfield against Liverpool,' said the former Denmark international, whose side now have a home tie against npower Championship side Middlesbrough.

'To win at Anfield is great so maybe it is (the best performance of his short reign).

'For 80 minutes we played a really good game with some fantastic counter-attacks and it was nice to watch.

'It is the first time the club has gone so far in the competition and to be in the last eight is great.

'It is a great achievement for the squad and the fans and now we can enjoy it but not for too long because we have another big game at Chelsea.'

Wakefield Wildcats move to allay winding-up fears after being issued with winding-up petition

Wakefield Wildcats move to allay fears after being issued with winding-up petition

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 27 October 2012

Wakefield Wildcats have sought to allay fears of further financial turmoil at the Super League club after they were issued with a winding-up petition.

The petition was brought by HM Revenue and Customs against Spirit of 1873, the company that now owns the club, and is due to be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on November 12.

Allaying fears: Wildcats' Richard Mathers in action

Allaying fears: Wildcats' Richard Mathers in action

The Wildcats, who were brought out of administration in February 2011 by local businessman Andrew Glover, issued a statement insisting the action was the result of an oversight and that the matter has been dealt with.

The statement said: 'The Wildcats would like to reassure all those connected with the club that the outstanding sum of money that the petition is in relation to has already been dealt with.

'Due to the club's recent financial history, it is subject to monthly visits from HMRC and, furthermore, no leeway is granted in regards to any payments owed as it may be to other such companies.

'An oversight on the part of the club in relation to the amount of one such payment led to the issuing of the winding-up petition.

'However, once the club was made aware of this, it was immediately rectified.

'Unfortunately, once a winding up petition is issued there is no way of preventing it from going to press and, as such, it came into the public domain today.

'Again, the club would like to reassure everyone associated with the Wildcats that the club is continuing to work tirelessly to ensure that the progress both on and off the pitch since the takeover by Spirit of 1873 Ltd is maintained.'

Wakefield are the second Super League club to be issued with a winding-up petition in the last 10 days.

Action was brought against Salford by a management consultant company over an unpaid bill and is due to be heard in Manchester next Monday, although the club sought to play down the significance of the move.

Guilfoyle pessimistic about Bradford Bulls" prospects as administration looms for Super League outfit

Guilfoyle pessimistic about Bradford Bulls' prospects as administration looms for Super League outfit

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11:55 GMT, 23 June 2012

Bradford have just three days left to prevent the financially-stricken Super League club from going into administration.

Brendan Guilfoyle, an insolvency expert from the P&A Group who were asked to conduct a financial review of the club, admits he is not optimistic over their chances of pulling through their current crisis.

Up to 1.2million is needed to safeguard Bradford's future until the end of the season, with HM Revenue & Customs having served a winding-up petition earlier this month over unpaid tax.

Crisis: The clock is ticking on Bradford

Crisis: The clock is ticking on Bradford

It is thought the club currently owe 98,000 in PAYE tax from May and the same amount for June, plus an outstanding VAT bill of 250,000 from the sale of the Odsal lease to the RFL, while the monthly wage bill is over 200,000.

The Bulls last week filed a notice of intention to enter administration, giving them a fortnight's grace to complete negotiations with potential investors but the moratorium keeping the taxman at bay ends on Tuesday.

Guilfoyle, who would be the appointed administrator, told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: 'I'm pessimistic about the prospect of avoiding it but I think it's going to go right to the wire.

'The moratorium expires on Tuesday and unless someone comes forward with the required funds then I don't think the club will be able to avoid administration.

'The directors are trying very hard but I'm not currently aware of anybody who is willing to invest in the Bulls the kind of money that is needed.

'My own enquiries tell me that the club requires in excess of 1million to see out the season and I'll find out early next week whether the notice of intention to appoint administrators will turn into an actual appointment.'

If the Bulls go into administration they would almost certainly be docked league points – four if the recent examples of Crusaders and Wakefield were followed – but, more importantly, it would leave the club vulnerable to losing some of their best players.

Steve Kean"s Blackburn Rovers future in balance

Kean's future as Blackburn manager still hangs in the balance

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21:54 GMT, 17 May 2012

Steve Kean flies back from India on Friday with his future as Blackburn manager still up in the air following two days of talks with the club's owners.

Venky's chief Anuradha Desai remains the only person standing between Kean and the sack, but no firm decision has been reached on his position after two three-hour meetings in Pune.

Rovers and out: Blackburn fans protest against their manager

Rovers and out: Blackburn fans protest against their manager

Eye on return: Steve Kean hopes to remain in charge

Eye on return: Steve Kean hopes to remain in charge

Mrs Desai is refusing to bow to pressure from supporters, club executives and even her own brothers, Balaji and Venkatesh Rao, to axe Kean after Blackburn were relegated from the Premier League.

A petition signed by 5,000 fans calling for him to go was delivered to Venky's headquarters ahead of the talks, and members of The BRFC Action Group released a video clip of Kean appearing to make disparaging comments about his predecessor Sam Allardyce with the intention of causing him maximum embarrassment.

Kean gave a presentation showing the owners his vision for the future of the club if he is allowed to stay in charge.

It is believed to have included assurances that the current first-team squad will stay largely intact.

Steve Kean flies to India for Venky"s talks

Kean jets to India for showdown talks with Rovers owners Venky's

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22:20 GMT, 14 May 2012

Steve Kean flies to India on Tuesday for his first face-to-face talks with owners Venky's since Blackburn were relegated amid renewed calls from supporters for him to be sacked.

A petition signed by 5,000 fans has been sent to Anuradha Desai, the Venky's chief who has been Kean's staunchest ally.

Mrs Desai is coming under increasing pressure from her brothers Venkatesh and Balaji Rao, as well as some of her closest advisors in Pune, to wield the axe with Kean's fate set to be decided in the next 48 hours.

Rover and out: Kean is heading to India for talks with Ewood Park owners

Rover and out: Kean is heading to India for talks with Ewood Park owners

Bradford Bulls raise 300K

Bulls raise 300K as bid to save club gathers momentum ahead of Friday deadline

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 4 April 2012

Beleaguered Bradford have broken through the 300,000 barrier in their battle for survival and have received the backing of the club's supporters group.

The Bulls need to raise 1million, half by 5pm on Friday, to stave off the threat of a winding-up petition and almost certain administration and have reached another major landmark in pledges.

Bradford chief executive Ryan Duckett said: 'The 300k figure is a significant milestone for the club to reach.

Tough times: Bradford Bulls face the threat of extinction

Tough times: Bradford Bulls face the threat of extinction

'We are delighted to have got that far and pledges are continuing to come in.

'Pledges had slowed down earlier in the week but momentum has picked up again today and we urge all supporters who haven't pledged to make sure they get them in before 5pm on Friday ahead of the Leeds game.'

The Super League club also received support from BullBuilder, a supporters trust, following face-to-face talks with the Bradford board.

BullBuilder spokesman Mike Farren said: “As a result of the meeting, we are fully satisfied that the current situation has indeed arisen from the 'perfect storm' of adverse financial circumstances that the board has sought, we believe not always effectively, to explain.

'We are satisfied that, after the bank withdrew overdraft facilities, in the very short period available to it the board explored all other avenues before approaching the fans.

Empty for good Bradford's Odsal Stadium has hosted many a game

Empty for good Bradford's Odsal Stadium has hosted many a game

'Once they had concluded that only an approach to the fans could succeed in the tight time-frame, they went public as soon as they were commercially able to do so in a structured and organised manner.

'Should the club not receive the level of pledges and other support that is necessary, we are as sure as we can be that the board would have no alternative but to seek administration almost immediately.

'We remain of the view that this would be at best seriously detrimental, and at worst fatal, to top flight rugby league in Bradford.

'As a result, BullBuilder is supporting the Quest for Survival with a pledge of 2,500.

'We likewise urge those supporters who have so far been hesitant or reluctant to back the Quest for Survival to do so now, either via the pledge or other fund-raising activities.'

Hope: Bradford Bulls are closing on their first fundraising target of 500K

Hope: Bradford Bulls are closing on their first fundraising target of 500K

Bradford chairman Peter Hood said: 'We were able to outline what we have been doing in the past week to alleviate the situation and also provide them with an honest overview as to why the club is in the position it now finds itself.

'We are always delighted to meet with them. They are true supporters who have got the best interests of the club at heart.'

Meanwhile, Bradford have been dealt another injury blow ahead of the Good Friday derby against Leeds with the loss of winger Jason Crookes, who is facing a 12 week lay-off after being told he needs to undergo shoulder surgery.

Bulls football manager Stuart Duffy said: “We are desperately sorry for Jason who has been tremendous for us this season.

'It is a further blow to our squad but one which we will just have to cope with.'

Kettering go back to 1976 in bid to beat winding up petition

Staying alive! Kettering turn to the 1970s in bid to save club from going under

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15:29 GMT, 29 March 2012

Time travel isn’t something that’s going to become possible anytime soon but if you head down to Kettering Town this weekend you may just get the next best thing.

The mid-table Conference National club have announced a one-match sponsorship deal with Betfair that will see them turn out in a strip based entirely on their 1976 kit right up to the ‘short shorts.’

Getting hairy: Kettering will take to the field on Saturday with a retro kit

Getting hairy: Kettering will take to the field on Saturday with a retro kit

Spirit of 76: Kettering Kettering hope to raise much-needed cash to keep the club afloat

Spirit of 76: Kettering Kettering hope to raise much-needed cash to keep the club afloat

The Poppies are in the midst of a financial crisis and face a HMRC winding up petition at the High Court on Monday. The one-off deal has been put in place in the hope of boosting much needed funds.

Kettering made history in 1976 when they became the first British side to feature sponsorship on their match shirts.

At the time the FA threatened them
with a 1000 fine if they did not remove it, but a year later shirt
sponsorship was legalised paving the way for Football League clubs to
cash in.

In another welcome
nod to the 1970s, season ticket holders can get into Saturday's game against
Stockport County at Nene Park for just 1, with supporters
able to pocket the money saved on a full price ticket or donate back to
the stricken club.

Kettering’s
acting Chairman George Rolls said: ‘The club is extremely grateful for
the support that Betfair have shown us. The money raised will massively
help the club at this difficult time.’

Judging by the video, a change in strip isn't the only thing Stockport may have to face at the weekend.

Dodgy
perms, outrageous moustaches, questionable tackling technique and
maybe, just maybe, a 'Saturday Night Fever' goal celebration could be making a comeback…

London 2012 Games: Female boxers win fight to wear shorts or skirts

Female boxers win fight to wear shorts or skirts at London Games

Women boxers appear to have won their
battle to choose their own attire on their Olympics debut in London this
summer after a change of heart by the International Amateur Boxing
Association (AIBA).

The amateur code's governing body had
previously courted controversy by suggesting female fighters could be
forced to wear skirts in competition as a means to distinguish
themselves from their male equivalents.

Round one: Female boxers can choose own attire

Round one: Female boxers can choose own attire

But following a meeting of AIBA's executive committee bureau this week the organisation has quietly updated its tournament regulations to suggest that women boxers will be given a choice of skirts or shorts.

Rule 8.1.3 of AIBA's technical and competition rules, pertaining to boxers' uniform, now states: 'For all AIBA approved events, women boxers must wear…either shorts or the option of a skirt…'

AIBA's initial suggestion that women boxers could be made to wear skirts was widely condemned by the boxers themselves, and led to an online petition which attracted over 60,000 signatures demanding the right to choose.

Port Vale apply for loan to pay bills

Port Vale apply for loan from Stoke Council to pay tax bill and players' wages

Port Vale are hopeful of holding off administration after entering talks with Stoke City Council.

The League Two club, served a winding-up petition, have applied for a loan from the local authority to pay an 85,000 tax bill and half the wages owed to staff and players.

Troubled times: Vale boss Micky Adams

Troubled times: Vale boss Micky Adams