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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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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 »

A fish rots from the head down

Posted on February 4, 2011

Watching the transfer window lurch to its conclusion has not been an edifying experience – I didn’t have high expectations mind you, and my thoughts were possibly coloured by the constantly breaking internet connection at the hotel in Central Europe where I am staying. Certainly I was slightly surprised to read last Friday, from my […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Premier League, Resurrection, Transfers, UEFA | 7 Comments »

The joy that was, and may yet again be, the Abbey Stadium

Posted on January 18, 2011

Perhaps not the obvious stadium to refer to as a ‘joy’, but it has a special place in my personal history.  My very first football-related memory is of being driven along the Newmarket Road as a child aged about 4 years and suddenly catching sight of this enticing building.  Yes, it was oddly enticing.  Frequent […]

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Posted in Assets, Benefactors, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 6 Comments »

Jack Frost and the threat to club finances

Posted on December 9, 2010

Last Saturday’s football programme was considerably more than decimated (1, and then follow the ‘see also’ too), at least to a language purist.  Although the Premier League and Championship programmes were largely maintained, very little football was played lower in the pyramid.  The impact of this financially should not be underestimated. Even though games will […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Debts, HMRC | 6 Comments »

The inevitable tension surfacing…

Posted on August 20, 2010

Although there is always a tension between, on the one hand, the needs of a club from a footballing perspective, exemplified perhaps by the views of the manager, and, on the other hand, the needs of a club from a business perspective, it is inevitable that the tension will be greatest when a) clubs are […]

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Posted in Costs, Organisational culture | 3 Comments »

Appendix E: Tough Love for Salisbury City?

Posted on May 23, 2010

This is the time of year that anorakies like me start to change our data files to reflect the promotions and relegations which are about to take place officially.  If you think that is already a straightforward task, barring the odd play-off final, then you are forgetting what is happening in the Conference and lower […]

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Posted in Debts, Football Association, Football Conference, Governance, HMRC | 4 Comments »

Close shave for Forest Green

Posted on March 29, 2010

According to a statement on their club website (1) “Forest Green Rovers Football Club Limited has reached an agreement with the Inland Revenue [sic] over an historic tax liability amounting to £45k“. On 8th March the club issued a statement indicating that a financial crisis was imminent (2).  It warned “Everyone needs to recognise that […]

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

The times they are a-changin’ 1

Posted on March 19, 2010

Those expecting the usual dose of ‘Beech’s Bile’ are in for a disappointment with this posting, I’m afraid. While my overall perception of the English football management scene will no doubt trigger many more postings coloured with cynicism and sarcasm, I do sense a more positive zeitgeist beginning to emerge.  It’s early days yet, but […]

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Posted in Assets, Fans, Stadium, Trusts | 7 Comments »

A Conference Chairman explains…

Posted on February 22, 2010

… the key issues surrounding Friday’s meeting to discuss the fate of ‘stricken’ Chester City, in an interview with the Cambridge News (1).  (‘Stricken’ is an odd choice of adjective by the reporter concerned – surely the point of the meeting is to decide whether they will be ‘stricken’.  OK, I’ll move on from Percy […]

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Posted in Ethics, Football Conference, Governance | 4 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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Posted in Debts, Ethics, HMRC | Leave a Comment »

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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