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Double blow for Charlton

Posted on April 19, 2009

Charlton Athletic have been relegated (1). This further relegation for a club which was in the Premier League as recently as 2007 places then in the company of Barnsley, Bradford City, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon and Wimbledon. Southampton are currently candidates for inclusion on the […]

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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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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 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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A not quite 24 carat golden age of football ethics?

Posted on November 16, 2011

Received wisdom seems to be that, once the baton of running FIFA was passed on from safe and reliable English hands, there was a rapid descent into a quagmire of unethical goings on.  Even Uncle Sepp himself now admits that FIFA “has had a rough time of late” and concedes that there is now “the […]

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Posted in Ethics, FIFA, Governance, History | 5 Comments »

The Big 1, 2, 3 or is it still 4? Or more?

Posted on June 9, 2011

Currently I’m working on a joint research project on various European football leagues with colleagues in Austria.  One set of data which we have produced so far casts some light on this perenial debate.  The latest version of the date centres of course on whether Liverpool ‘have fallen out of the Top 4′, and/or whether […]

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Posted in Governance, History, Premier League, Pyramid movement | 3 Comments »

‘Club’, ‘club’ or ‘club’??? A 3Cs model

Posted on February 9, 2011

The evidence submitted by the Premier League to the House of Commons Select Committee prompts me to write again on the inherent ambiguity of the word ‘club’.  The evidence contains the following statement: English football clubs are very resilient with 95% of the clubs in the Football League in 1923 still in existence today and […]

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Posted in Fans, Governance, Identity, Ownership, Players' careers | 8 Comments »

HMRC v. Welling United

Posted on August 19, 2010

Welling United of the Conference South are the latest club to attract the attentions of HMRC’s legal department.  Due in court on 25th August, the winding-up petition is related to a debt of £85,000 (1). For once the ownership history of the club is very straight forward.  Stuart Fuller of The Ball is Round sums […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 4 Comments »

Warring at Walsall

Posted on May 16, 2010

Rising up the pyramid when there are larger iconic clubs geographically close to you is always going to be difficult, because the size of potential fan base is constrained.  In the case of Walsall (League 1), within ten miles they have West Bromwich Albion (Premier League next season), Wolves (Premier League), Aston Villa (Premier League), […]

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Posted in Assets, Benefactors, Censorship, Community, Fans, Identity, Ownership, Public relations, Stadium | 4 Comments »

Northwich Victoria: A cautionary tale

Posted on November 8, 2009

To apply the term ‘troubled’ to transfer-embargoed and ‘in Administration but without a CVA yet’ Northwich Victoria would be something of an understatement.  Even today’s televised win against Charlton in the first round of the FA Cup (1) will do little to help their present predicament (see postings passim). Briefly in Football League Division 2 […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Broadcasting rights, Debts, Football Association, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Points deduction, Stadium | 1 Comment »

Arabs and soccerball

Posted on July 8, 2009

It is reported that Charlton Athletic are possibly the subject, again, of a takeover bid from the UAE (1) and (2), this in the context of recent annual losses of £11.5m (3), the selling of fixed assets (4), and relegation to League 1. Less than a week ago Plymouth Argyle (Championship) were taken over by […]

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Canaries v. Tractor Boys

Posted on May 4, 2009

Norwich City’s failure against Charlton yesterday afternoon means that next season they will be playing in League 1 next season, the first time they have played in Tier 3 since 1960. As recently as 2005 they were in the Premier League. Since 1996 Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones have been joint majority share-holders […]

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Posted in Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

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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Gillingham’s Scally hits out

Posted on April 6, 2009

Paul Scally, owner of Gillingham, never afraid of controversy, has attacked what he calls the ‘mockery’ of points deduction for clubs going into Administration (1). He would prefer to see clubs punished thus: “Rather than having points knocked off they should be relegated and only allowed to return three seasons later once they have proved […]

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A movable famine, as it turned out

Posted on March 30, 2009

The third Thursday in March – the cut-off date for clubs going into Administration who look like they will be relegated but want to take this ten points deduction this season – has come and gone. With the financial increasing pressures on clubs, many observers had anticipated a flood of Administrations. These included Barry Hearn, […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 1 Comment »

 
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