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Uncertain future for North Ferriby Utd

It's reported that North Ferriby Utd could be forced into voluntary relegation just weeks after winning the FA Trophy. Defender Nathan Peat tweeted that the club was being relegated "one, maybe two leagues."

North Ferriby United celebrate their victory with the trophy Credit: PA

North Ferriby is owned by Steve and Eman Forster, the daughter and son-in-law of Hull City owner Assem Allam.

The club has issued a statement saying it is looking to "build on strong foundations going forward" but it did not address Peat's claims.

The last 2 years have seen an injection of over a quarter of a million pounds into North Ferriby United. This has undoubtedly led to the recent success that all involved in the club have enjoyed and experienced. This injection has allowed the focus at the club to be on the quality of its football and resulted in North Ferriby United being 2nd last year, in the Conference North League, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to the Conference Premier and of course winning the F A Trophy at Wembley this year. An absolutely magnificent time and these achievements will be part of the club's history for ever.

However, the commerciality and fan base have not matched the success nor have they matched the above mentioned funding. The club is totally reliant on the continued injection of monies from Steve and Eman Forster, even after the success at Wembley.

With this realisation, the club’s only way forward for 2015/2016 is to trade within its own means and build on strong foundations going forward. The owners will endeavour to achieve this, in the hope that the recent success at Wembley and the high profile will encourage others to become involved with the club.

The Forsters have enjoyed their 2 years at North Ferriby United and will continue with the club until they can transfer to new owners. Contrary to comments already made there is no money being pulled out of the club, in fact the opposite is the case, more money has to be put in by the Forsters to ensure the club’s continued survival.

– Club statement from the owners

Tributes at Valley Parade for Bradford City fire victims

Football matches across the country fell silent today to pay tribute to the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire 30 years ago.

England manager Roy Hodgson led tributes at Valley Parade where a minute's silence was held before their final home game of the season. Meanwhile Bradford's kit man John Duckworth and his friends arrived at the stadium completing their seventy-three mile walk from Lincoln.They took on the challenge to raise money for Bradford City's Burns unit appeal.

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Football: Saturday's fixtures

Saturday's football fixtures Credit: Press Association

Premier League

Crystal Palace v Hull - kick off 15.00

Championship

Sheff Wed v Leeds - kick off 12:30

Huddersfield v Blackburn - kick off 15:00

Rotherham v Norwich - kick off 15:00

League 1

Bradford v Barnsley - kick off 15:00

Chesterfield v Bristol City - kick off 15:00

Leyton Orient v Sheff Utd - kick off 15:00

Notts County v Doncaster - kick off 15:00

Scunthorpe v Gillingham - kick off 15:00

League 2

Mansfield v Portsmouth - kick off 15:00

York v Newport - kick off 15:00

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Millers to appeal against points deduction

Rotherham United say they will appeal against a decision by the Football League to deduct three points from them for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United FC are very disappointed by the decision to deduct 3 points for fielding a player who was ineligible purely because of an administrative error. It is our view that true sports fans want to see competitions settled on the pitch and not to have them affected by what happens in disciplinary proceedings. We await the reasoned judgement of the FDC and once we have received it we will issue our appeal after discussion with Jim Sturman QC. In the meantime we are confident that our team possesses the will and spirit to ensure that the points deduction is academic by securing our Championship status on the pitch. It would not be appropriate to make any further comment on this matter until after the appeal process has been concluded.

– Rotherham United official statement

Three points deduction for Rotherham for fielding ineligible player

Rotherham will be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton on April 6, the Football League has announced.

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The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League after they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

It plunges Steve Evans' side deep into the Sky Bet Championship relegation mire as they are now just a point above Millwall who occupy the final spot in the bottom three and two better off than second-bottom Wigan.

Gray happy at Hillsborough despite advisor appointments

Sheffield Wednesday Head Coach Stuart Gray assured fans he is happy at Hillsborough after the club's new owners appointed a former manager and club owner to work with him.

Former Hull City owner Adam Pearson and ex-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder were appointed earlier this week.

But today Gray assured fans he is entirely happy with the situation.

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