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Darwen’s demise and the Premier League

Posted on May 8, 2009

It’s always sad to see a football club fold, but the case of Darwen, which gave up yesterday (1), is a particularly sad one. It is another in a series of significant collapses in the Ribble Valley, arguably the birth place of professional football in England. Famous precursors include the original Accrington and the more […]

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Altrincham thwart Lewes bid to break Darwen record

Posted on April 5, 2009

Recently the minds of anorakies were focused on Arsenal’s bid to topple the long held records of Preston North End (at one time known as the Invincibles) for playing in the League without defeat. Last Saturday they were focused on whether the most unenviable record in English league football – consecutive games without a win […]

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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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Supporters Trusts v. Benefactors

Posted on October 14, 2009

There is an interesting piece in today’s Guardian (1), welcome not least because it promotes the Supporters Direct Conference at the NEC this Friday. I’m attending and it would be great to meet up with any readers who are attending too (there’s a photo of me on the About tag for those who haven’t met […]

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Review of Season 2008/09

Posted on August 4, 2009

This was not one of the great season’s from a management perspective. It is best summed up by a (slightly misleading) headline from the BBC this very morning – English club finances worry UEFA. Their worries are to do specifically with the Premier League clubs; mine have extended way down the football pyramid for several […]

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HMRC’s increasingly active season

Posted on July 15, 2009

Taking the season as beginning on 1 August 2008, HMRC have petitioned courts for winding up orders against the following clubs (dates refer to publication in The London Gazette): 7 August – Merthyr Tydfil 17 September – Margate 8 January – Fisher Athletic 15 January – Northwich Victoria 23 April – Merthyr Tydfil 7 May […]

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Cutting your cloth in the Conference

Posted on June 26, 2009

The calling in of Administrators Deloitte by the UK arm of Setanta came as no surprise. The question had long been ‘when?’ rather than if ‘if?’. The precise implications of the collapse are less predictable however, and will only become clearer in the next few days and weeks. The sport which will be potentially the […]

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Just how many more?

Posted on June 2, 2009

Anyone who knows me will confirm that I am not by nature a pessimist – a cynic maybe, but not a pessimist. Reviewing my data on insolvency events offers little to encourage any optimism however. I have to date logged 107 insolvency events involving 88 clubs since 1982. 10 have been this season; 8 have […]

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Glossop and the Hill-Woods

Posted on May 11, 2009

Having blogged recently on the demise of Darwen, and in passing mentioned the original Accrington (1), I thoroughly enjoyed David Conn’s article in yesterday’s Observer (2) on the third member of that intrepid band of desaparecidos from the top flight of English football – Glossop North End. Although the article had been prompted by Glossop’s […]

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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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