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Thin ice at Cardiff?

Posted on August 18, 2010

The news of Craig Bellamy’s loan to Cardiff City, coming as it does on top of five other signings (Koumas, Heaton, Drinkwater, Oloinjana, and John), will have done much to lift the spirits of Bluebirds fans, and to offer them hope that this year they will make it to the Premier League following their recent […]

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Posted in Debts, Public relations | 4 Comments »

The curious case of Cardiff

Posted on May 7, 2010

So, Cardiff City have not finally settled their tax bill with HMRC and thus have not yet avoided the possibility at least of being wound up (1).  Everything is not yet rosy in spite of the wonder Malaysian cash injection, which presumably is still in the post.  At the previous court appearance the club was […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 4 Comments »

Another Cardiff City curiosity

Posted on October 31, 2009

I have blogged before on the rather curious way that Peter Ridsdale can use the English language (see Planet Ridsdale). Last Wednesday he was reported as saying the following to Malcolm Bloom of the South Wales Echo (1): “I am confident that the stadium will be debt-free in 12 months by paying the money we […]

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Posted in Debts, Stadium | 1 Comment »

So, is it really ‘goodbye Bluebirds, hello Red Dragons’?

Posted on June 7, 2012

Like the old joke about anti-social behaviour in a lift, what is happening at Cardiff City is just plain wrong at so many levels. The root causes of the problem lie in Sam Hammam’s decision to build a new stadium, the resulting deep financial difficulty that Cardiff got themselves into with Langston and the Damoclean […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Debts, Fans, Investors, Marketing, Merchandising, Ownership, Stadium, Strategy | 5 Comments »

HMRC Winding-Up Petitions

Posted on February 23, 2012

The following list is of the winding-up petitions presented by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and its predecessors, the Internal Revenue (IR) who were responsible for the collection of direct taxation such as income tax (PAYE) and National Insurance contributions, and HM Customs and Excise (C&E) who were responsible for the collection of indirect taxation […]

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The Magic of Football – still there in the Cups?

Posted on January 27, 2012

It’s increasingly difficult to see any magic in the beautiful game other than black magic, especially when you look at it from a financial perspective.  You only need to think of the narrow escapes at Plymouth and Wrexham recently, and both Portsmouth and Darlington are standing on the edge of the precipice. The Cups may […]

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Manchester United and the Monkees

Posted on October 3, 2011

A comparison that doesn’t fully stand up to scrutiny, I promptly concede, but the ‘soulless’ way Manchester United is run as a business must trouble many a fan of what was once ‘the beautiful game’, and has often in the past been referred to as ‘the people’s game’. An article in the Financial Times really […]

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Posted in Globetrotterisation, Marketing | 2 Comments »

“Completely vindicated”? Well, not quite completely

Posted on September 29, 2011

The press have been quick to quote Peter Ridsale as saying that he had been “completely vindicated” following the dropping of charges fraud brought against him by Cardiff Training Standards Department (see BBC and This is Plymouth for example). In my book, in this case that fine arbiter of plain English, the Oxford Advanced Learner’s […]

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Posted in Ethics, Fit and Proper Person tests | 3 Comments »

Round-up of insolvency events 2010/11

Posted on August 27, 2011

Things looked slightly better than in the previous season in simple terms of the number of insolvency events I have logged – ten events involving nine clubs, compared to twelve events each at a different club in the previous season – although there were still some large clubs involved.  In 2009/10 we had seen Crystal […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Ownership, Resurrection | Leave a Comment »

Tears before bedtime at Plymouth?

Posted on May 26, 2011

The announcement that Peter Ridsdale is expected to become the new owner of Plymouth Argyle (1) at a purchase price of £1 seems to have come as no surprise to anyone other than the Spinmeister himself apparently.  He says “This is not a transaction that I sought or contemplated but, if it is the only […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Ownership, Trusts | 2 Comments »

The Spinmeister in a spin too far?

Posted on May 15, 2011

Peter Ridsdale faces charges of two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and another under the Fraud Act 2006, brought against him by Cardiff Council’s Trading Standards department (1).  These are: “Being knowingly or recklessly engaged in a commercial practice which contravenes the requirements of professional diligence under Regulation 33a of […]

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Posted in Ethics | 3 Comments »

Lessons from Plymouth

Posted on January 3, 2011

The car crash that Plymouth Argyle is on the verge of turning into is a strange case, yet many a club might well think that there but for the grace of god go they. At the beginning of the nineties Dan McCauley had become Chairman, with his predecessor Peter Bloom becoming Vice Chairman.  While the […]

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Posted in 2018, Assets, Benefactors, Cashflow, Debts, History, HMRC, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium | 14 Comments »

Transfer torpor

Posted on September 7, 2010

The transfer window just isn’t what it used to be.  I found myself habitually clicking to find the latest news from the BBC website and checking Twitter, but there just wasn’t much happening.  Even on the final day, there wasn’t much action to follow, unless you are a Stoke City, Spurs or Sunderland fan. As […]

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The inevitable tension surfacing…

Posted on August 20, 2010

Although there is always a tension between, on the one hand, the needs of a club from a footballing perspective, exemplified perhaps by the views of the manager, and, on the other hand, the needs of a club from a business perspective, it is inevitable that the tension will be greatest when a) clubs are […]

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Posted in Costs, Organisational culture | 3 Comments »

In the High Court today

Posted on August 11, 2010

Surely a sign of the times – three League clubs faced winding-up petitions in the High Court today: Cardiff City The HMRC petition was dismissed – the club has paid the debt of £1.3m (1).  Court papers suggest that the club has had to borrow money to pay its summer debts (2). Sheffield Wednesday A […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

 
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