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Did Crawley Town get it right?

Posted on February 18, 2011

As the excitement mounts over a certain FA Cup tie, one story in the news seems to have become just a flash in the pan.  However, it strikes me as one that has some puzzling, even disturbing, dimensions that deserve exploring.  And there are a number of unanswered questions. I’m referring not to the decision […]

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Crawley Town and Farnborough in court today

Posted on March 17, 2010

Court appearances over debts are becoming a bit of a regular Wednesday activity, and it’s a pleasant change to report some positive news. First up this morning were Crawley Town over an unspecified debt to HMRC – case dismissed; the debt had been settled (1).  In fact, at the previous hearing when the club had […]

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Progress at Crawley Town

Posted on October 3, 2009

In another unusual case of transparency, Crawley Town have released an insightful interview on the club website with Bruce Winfield, ‘major shareholder’ (1).  This comes in the context of the dropping of proceedings by HMRC to wind the club up, which prompted the Crawley Observer to announce a ‘Fresh Start for Crawley Town‘. To understand […]

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Round-up of Season 2011/12

Posted on September 8, 2012

The 2011/12 season has been characterised by long-running sagas.  Normally I find myself in an annual review recounting a series of relatively self-contained accounts of the woes which have beset a number of clubs, but many of those listed below are far from resolved scenarios. The selection is not systematic – it consists of the […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Resurrection, Trusts | Leave a Comment »

Why I shall be especially grumpy this Saturday afternoon

Posted on April 3, 2012

“Football clubs ‘in poor financial health’” a headline on the BBC News website has just screamed (1).  Apparently “many clubs are continuing to spend too much, principally on players’ wages, as they always have done”.  What?  Surely not?  Well, OK, the said headline was in the Business section of the BBC website rather than their […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Community, Debts, Financial doping, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership, Wages | 5 Comments »

The Tax Man cometh…

Posted on February 23, 2012

There can be no doubt that the abbreviation HMRC is one which has hit pretty well every football fan’s radar screen recently.  There have been the two big Administrations at Portsmouth and Rangers.  Bubbling away in the background is not only the issue of whether clubs’ use of Employment Benefit Trusts constitutes tax evasion (and […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 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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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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Banning Orders

Posted on September 10, 2011

The banning of a fan, whether by a club or by a court, is a contentious issue.  SjMaskell has an interesting and thought-provoking posting up on just how easy it could be to find yourself banned under Section 14 (B) of the Football (Disorder) Act, without ever being charged, let alone convicted.  I wonder how […]

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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 »

The scarf your mum knitted and competitive balance

Posted on February 22, 2011

I haven’t been enjoying lunch lately.  Nothing to do with the food in the university canteen; it’s my daily read of The Guardian I blame.  That Matt Scott in particular had me choking today (1) over my vegetarian shepherds pie, although the oxymoron itself hadn’t put me in the best of moods.  I was so […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Broadcasting rights, Ethics, Financial doping, Merchandising, Revenues | 1 Comment »

‘Good Rangers’ v. ‘Evil Rovers’?

Posted on December 21, 2010

The top of the Conference table intrigues me.  The top seven clubs come from right across the spectrum of football business models, from clubs whose fans can be rightly proud, through those that have been abused by boards past and/or present, through to clubs that engage in blatant financial doping and whose fans have seen […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Ethics, History, Ownership, Trusts | 1 Comment »

Club round-up

Posted on July 29, 2010

A variety of snippets of insolvency and related news.  Readers unfamiliar with events at particular clubs should use the Quick Club Links in the left side bar for postings passim. Ashford Town (Kent) Today’s the day of the Administration hearing (1) and a resolution (?) of the confrontation between Don Crosbie and Tony Betteridge, co-owners […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 7 Comments »

A good news story?

Posted on January 11, 2010

I don’t suppose, if I’m honest, that this a blog you would rush to in order to read ‘good news’ stories, packed with fluffy tales of people being, erm, nice. From Crawley Town, a club which has been through a fairly crazy time financially in the last few years, comes a story which warms the […]

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Posted in Human Resource Management, Organisational culture, Wages | 1 Comment »

 
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