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Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of Scoop.it! Football Finance

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No. of Clubs

Posted on February 13, 2012

I’m sometimes asked for a magic number – the number of top clubs which have gone into Administration.  It’s difficult give a simple answer because: Administration is a misleading basis for counting.  Clubs can be wound up without ever going into Administration.  A better measure is ‘insolvency event’, a term which can however be defined […]

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The joy that was, and may yet again be, the Abbey Stadium

Posted on January 18, 2011

Perhaps not the obvious stadium to refer to as a ‘joy’, but it has a special place in my personal history.  My very first football-related memory is of being driven along the Newmarket Road as a child aged about 4 years and suddenly catching sight of this enticing building.  Yes, it was oddly enticing.  Frequent […]

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Posted in Assets, Benefactors, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 6 Comments »

The times they are a-changin’ 1

Posted on March 19, 2010

Those expecting the usual dose of ‘Beech’s Bile’ are in for a disappointment with this posting, I’m afraid. While my overall perception of the English football management scene will no doubt trigger many more postings coloured with cynicism and sarcasm, I do sense a more positive zeitgeist beginning to emerge.  It’s early days yet, but […]

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Posted in Assets, Fans, Stadium, Trusts | 7 Comments »

Of windings-up and windings up

Posted on December 1, 2009

This last week has not been the best week to choose for some leave, but then when is!  Certainly there has been plenty of action off the pitch, and here is a summary of the ‘clubs in flux’. Cardiff City (see postings passim) HMRC have been making winding-up moves which even spinmeister Peter Ridsdale is […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 11 Comments »

More high drama at Weymouth

Posted on November 24, 2009

A press conference scheduled for last night was postponed, and the Dorset Echo has carried two reports today (1 and 2) which provide some insight, if not full transparency, on what is going on.  Cancelled press conferences are a bit of a Weymouth thing – back in March one was cancelled when Stephen Beer, who […]

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Posted in Debts, Fit and Proper Person tests, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Insolvency overview

Posted on November 15, 2009

Three weeks is a long time in football management – it was only on 25 October that I posted my last overview.  Previous ‘overviews’ can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Overviews’ tag at the top of the page. With a number of clubs things have become clearer, but for many the confusion has just […]

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Posted in Debts, Fit and Proper Person tests, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 23 Comments »

Nepotism attempts to rear its ugly head again

Posted on November 13, 2009

Regular readers will recall how Eddie Mitchell was reported to be the author of several emails to Weymouth offering them £5,000 to take on his son Tom as a player (1).  Mitchell dismissed the emails as an elaborate forgery.  He, of course, had famously tried to leave his sons in charge at Dorchester Town when […]

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