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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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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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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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Meanwhile, beyond Fratton Park…

Posted on March 7, 2010

… and whichever City bar (that’s ‘City’ as in ‘City of London’) that the Red Knights hang out in,  there’s plenty happening, or not happening, worthy of comment. Cardiff City and Southend United are both due back in court against an increasingly confrontational HMRC.  Spinmeister Peter Ridsdale has gone unusually quiet – how he survived […]

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HMRC on the warpath big time

Posted on January 5, 2010

There is increasing evidence that HMRC are adopting a much more aggressive, and thereby less tolerant, policy towards football clubs, which is hardly surprising in the circumstances. Back in July they served a winding-up petition on King’s Lynn, to add to the serious problems the club was already facing, including enforced demotion (see postings passim […]

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UPDATES to ‘Insolvency round-up’

Posted on September 12, 2009

I’ve added a couple of short updates as ‘comments’ on the ‘Insolvency round-up’ posting, specifically on Lewes, Portsmouth, and Southend. For some of the clubs I selected there is more substantive news: Accrington Stanley The first two days of the ‘Save our Stanley’ campaign (although ‘Save Stanley’s Board’ might be nearer the mark) raised £10,000 […]

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Insolvency round-up

Posted on September 6, 2009

As the first Administration of the season has just happened, it’s worth a quick review of the clubs in trouble. So, in alphabetical order: Accrington Stanley Stanley seem to be operating in another world, a rose-tinted one which is somewhat divorced from the real one. Faced with dwindling gates, the collapse of their sponsor and […]

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Blog on!

Posted on August 4, 2009

If a little jet-lagged, I’m back at my laptop. It seems a fortnight was not long enough for Newcastle and Portsmouth to finally resolve their ownership problems, and HMRC seem to have been busier North of the border with Hearts (1).  That’s not to say they have been inactive in England, with Harlow Town the […]

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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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