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AFC Wimbledon & FC United of Manchester

Posted on April 27, 2009

English football’s bastard love children are proving themselves upwardly mobile. AFC Wimbledon will be playing in the Conference next season and FC United almost made the play-offs for promotion to the Conference North. Considering both clubs started from scratch so recently, this is no mean achievement. No doubt dreams of emulating their errant ‘parents’ – […]

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Deconstructing Peter Lorimer

Posted on May 15, 2012

Peter Lorimer’s thoughts on fans being on the boards of football clubs (1) were, at least as reported by the BBC, somewhat confusing and even confused. Certainly his assertion that he does not envisage a member of the Supporters Trust having a place on the Leeds United board is hardly a surprise given the way […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Investors, Ownership, Trusts | 4 Comments »

Of Dave and Goliath

Posted on June 15, 2011

Watching Boylergate unfold still from the slight detachment of the Tirol is a singularly unedifying experience. I should first make clear that I count Dave as one of my friends, and that I am also friends with a number of Supporters Direct employees whose jobs are now at risk.  I am not however a pre-move […]

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Posted in Governance, Trusts, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

A day of reckoning

Posted on May 23, 2011

I managed to follow the great play-off between AFC Wimbledon (to whom, many congratulations) and Luton Town (to whom, commiserations) at least live online.  Football at its most exciting.  I wonder if Andy Burnham chose quite the right words though when he tweeted “Wimbledon back in Football League. Brilliant. A great victory for all football […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Costs, Economic impact, Fans, Football Conference, Governance, Merchandising, Premier League, Promotion, Pyramid movement, Relegation, Revenues, Sponsorship | 2 Comments »

Pride and prejudice

Posted on November 13, 2010

Prejudice is always a hard one.  Can we really be so certain that someone else’s position is irrational and wrong?  To what extent should we take account of the context in which opinions are expressed?  Is football really the place to drag personal ideologies in to? Certainly the last week or so has seen more […]

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Posted in Fans, Identity, Media | 4 Comments »

The trouble with new stadiums 4 (and final)

Posted on August 10, 2010

[See also The trouble with new stadiums 1, which looked at the argument that “We’re a club with ambition and we need more seats to reflect that ambition”, The trouble with new stadiums 2, which looked at the argument that “We’ve got the wrong sort of stadium.  We need one better suited to maximising our […]

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Posted in Assets, Costs, Debts, Stadium | 13 Comments »

That 2018 bid

Posted on December 17, 2009

Announcement of the choice of venues which will comprise the bid for the 2018 World Cup has produced a strong and to some extent predictable reaction.  In a general sense, there were always going to be complaints as not all candidates could be winners, but this certainly doesn’t preclude picking over the choice that was […]

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Posted in Governance, Stadium | 6 Comments »

Italy’s new ‘Premier League’

Posted on August 27, 2009

The BBC has reported under the headline Serie A to form breakaway league that “Serie A is set to copy the formation of England’s Premier League“, to be known as Lega Calcio Serie A (1). Before looking at a rather important detail that the BBC omits, it is worth looking at whether the formation of […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Governance | 5 Comments »

The fate of resurrectionist clubs

Posted on July 6, 2009

I’m not sure what it is that draws me to following the fate of resurrectionist clubs. Perhaps it’s just the curiosity of seeing whether the new club can make a better fist of it than its predecessor. Maybe it’s the delayed gratification of following their success or failure over a number of seasons. No matter […]

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Posted in Resurrection | 7 Comments »

 
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