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Conference AGM news

Conference chiefs convened on Saturday for their annual general meeting where the futures of several clubs were decided.

Subject to an FA appeal this coming Wednesday, it has been confirmed that Halifax Town have been relegated from the Blue Square Premier, with Cambridge City falling from the South division, and Nuneaton Borough and Boston United crashing out of the North.

None of these four clubs had finished in the relegation placings in their respective decisions.

The reason for Halifax Town's demotion is their failure to secure new ownership and failing to sort out their long running CVA problems, and they will be expected to reform in the Northern Premier League.

Cambridge City spent all their limited funds on a court battle against ground owners, meaning no cash was available to upgrade their Milton Road ground to fall into line with FA Ground Rulings. They will now ply their trade in the Southern League.

Nuneaton Borough had amassed debts of almost 1,000,000 and rather than opt for the administration route, they entered voluntary liquidation and now hope to be reformed as part of the BGB Midlands League - the division to be undecided.

Boston United are in the same boat as Halifax, after failing to qualify under the League's membership rules with regards to their financial dealings.

The knock on effect means reprieves for various sides. Altrincham will survive at the expense of Halifax in the Blue Square Premier for the third season running, despite finishing 21st.

Hucknall Town and Vauxhall Motors remain in the Northern section due to Boston and Nuneaton's failings, whilst Dorchester Town regain South membership at the expense of Cambridge City.

Redditch United, who had been earmarked for a stint in the Blue Square South (after four Northern clubs were demoted from the BSP) have now been re-instated in the North.

Worcester, another side moved from North to South, will remain in the South division.

Boston and Halifax will hear appeals by the FA on Wednesday, but both are likely to fail in their bids. If so, this would mean the Blue Square Premier line-up will consist of the following teams -

Blue Square Premier:

Altrincham (reprieved)

Barrow

Burton Albion

Cambridge United

Crawley Town

Eastbourne Borough

Ebbsfleet United

Forest Green Rovers

Grays Athletic

Histon

Kettering Town

Kidderminster Harriers

Lewes

Mansfield Town

Northwich Victoria

Oxford United

Rushden & Diamonds

Salisbury City

Stevenage Borough

Torquay United

Weymouth

Wrexham

Woking

York City

Blue Square North:

AFC Telford United

Alfreton Town

Blyth Spartans

Burscough

Droylsden

Farsley Celtic

Fleetwood Town

Gainsborough Trinity

Gateshead

Harrogate Town

Hinckley United

Hucknall Town (reprieved)

Hyde United

Kings Lynn

Redditch United

Solihull Moors

Southport

Stafford Rangers

Stalybridge Celtic

Tamworth

Workington Town

Vauxhall Motors (reprieved)

Blue Square South:

AFC Wimbledon

Basingstoke Town

Bath City

Bishops Stortford

Bognor Regis Town

Braintree Town

Bromley

Chelmsford City

Dorchester Town (reprieved)

Eastleigh

Fisher Athletic

Hampton & Richmond Borough

Havant & Waterlooville

Hayes & Yeading United

Maidenhead United

Newport County

St. Albans City

Team Bath

Thurrock

Welling United

Weston-Super-Mare

Worcester City

Posted: Sunday , June 08, 2008

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2 Cambridge 86
3 Torquay 86
4 Exeter City 83
5 Burton Albion 81
6 Stevenage Borough FC 79
7 Histon 72
8 Forest Green 71
9 Oxford United 71
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