11 May ~ Rushden & Diamonds are the latest club to face possible liquidation, with a winding up order due to be heard on June 13. Things have been on a downward spiral since a change of ownership in December when Gary Calder and Liam Beasant took over. Calder, formerly involved with Weymouth who were close to extinction themselves a couple of years ago, was subsequently forced to resign after trying to oust the manager, Justin Edinburgh.
This came at a time when the club was sitting only just outside the play-off places and Edinburgh had the full support of the players and fans. When the owners purchased R&D the club was virtually debt free – it is now £750,000 in the red after just five months.