THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

31 March ~ Non-League football is in a fairly parlous state. The Ball Is Round blog has come up with a "ten-point agenda" of how things can be improved

1. Create standard co-operation partnership agreements between Premier League/Football League clubs and non-League teams.
Now this may seem like madness, but there is significant sense in this move as the Hyde/Manchester City model has shown. Last summer, after coming perilously close to being wound up in the High Court, Blue Square Bet South's Hyde United signed a three year "partnership" agreement with Manchester City. City would refurbish Hyde United's Ewen Fields ground and play their Elite Squad (aka reserve) games there and in return Hyde would lose the United and change their kit from red and white to white and blue (with a distinctly Man City-like diagonal stripe). Read the full article

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