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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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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 »

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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Round the lower levels Part 1

Posted on November 28, 2011

Plenty has been happening once you look down the football pyramid since I last gave a general overview.  The continually flashing lights on my radar screen have of course been Plymouth Argyle and Wrexham, although, for entirely different reasons, I have resisted the very strong temptation to blog on these two clubs.  In the case […]

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Posted in Debts, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium | 4 Comments »

A scarcely noted Football League failing

Posted on March 30, 2010

While the media have focussed strongly on the failings of the FA in the last week and disseminated the calls for reform from a wide variety of sources, scant attention has been paid to a very basic failing by the Football League – its refusal to increase ticket allocations for Carlisle and Southampton fans to […]

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Posted in Fans, Football Association, Football League, Revenues, Stadium | 5 Comments »

King’s Lynn down a key player as they face HMRC

Posted on November 23, 2009

King’s Lynn, who face a winding-up order in court this Wednesday from HMRC over a debt of £65,000, have just seen the resignation of their recently appointed Financial Director David Handley (1).  This is clearly a cause of deep concern to Linnets fans, but it might the bigger picture behind this might just pick up […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Football Conference, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Trusts | 8 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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Of footballers and horses!

Posted on June 17, 2009

Last week at the Play the Game Conference, my colleague Dr Terri Byers gave a very interesting paper entitled Use or Abuse ? Animals in Sport (1). She focussed in particular on horse racing, and how horses fitted into the sport. Her framework for analysis identified three phases in the life cycle of race horses […]

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Norwich away is awry

Posted on April 10, 2009

Readers of this blog may recall that in my posting Life’s tough in Administration of 1st April (1) I commented on the fact that Norwich players had paid for their own flights to Blackpool for an away game. Now comes the news that the club’s directors have personally paid for the flight to Swansea this […]

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