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Friday, June 22, 2012

News Round-Up

Gateshead have signed defender Chris Bush following his release from Wimbledon. The 20 year old former Brentford trainee started 16 times in League Two last season after being a loanee in the first half of their promotion season. Meanwhile, 'Heed' goalkeeper coach Chris Porter has signed on to play for Darlington in the coming season. The 32 year old has occasionally been named on the bench in the Conference over the last two years.

Newport chairman Chris Blight says the club needs an average attendance of 2,000 to cover the cost of playing at Rodney Parade, although their rent for the stadium is similar to their old ground. They attracted just 1,358 to Spytty Park last term after budgeting for 1,900 crowds. Port Vale bidder Keith Ryder says a delay in confirming details of a covenant held on the ground by the local council is holding up completion of his purchase of the club. He says he aims to complete before the end of the month.

Mansfield boss Paul Cox has appointed club captain Adam Murray as his new assistant after Mickey Moore opted to return to teaching. 30 year old Murray is in his third spell with the club. Darlington fans are voting on their choice of name for the club after they were told they could not be called 'Darlington FC'. Among the choices on an online poll are 'Locomotive Darlington', 'Darlington CFC' (Community Football Club), and various combinations involving AFC and the 1883 date of the original club's inception.

At a fans forum last night, Lincoln boss David Holdsworth told fans that a safe mid-table position was his aim for the coming season. The Imps will face a tribunal over their signing of defender Andy Boyce from Gainsborough, whose chairman Peter Swann has called the Imps' offer for the 22 year old 'a little bit of a slur'.The North West Counties league reports that the Widnes FC side, chaired by Mark Wright and managed by Stephen Vaughan jnr, has withdrawn it's application to join the league after the FA raised concerns with the club at a meeting.

Ebbsfleet have signed midfielder Liam Bellamy from Brentford. The 20 year old had a loan spell with the Fleet last season, scoring once in 11 games. Oxford have reported a loss of £300,000 for the 10/11 season after having to pay the stadium owner nearly the entirety of that loss in backdated service charges. They say that, without that one-off cost, the club would have made a slight profit.