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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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Ready to come back onto the e-pitch

Posted on August 13, 2014

Back in February last year (!) I noted a change in life circumstances and wondered “How this will affect my blogging is not yet clear.” As you may have noticed, it had a major impact on my blogging.  Between March and July this year, for example, I made 16 work-related trips, twelve of them abroad, […]

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Deconstructing Peter Lorimer

Posted on May 15, 2012

Peter Lorimer’s thoughts on fans being on the boards of football clubs (1) were, at least as reported by the BBC, somewhat confusing and even confused. Certainly his assertion that he does not envisage a member of the Supporters Trust having a place on the Leeds United board is hardly a surprise given the way […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Investors, Ownership, Trusts | 4 Comments »

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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“Completely vindicated”? Well, not quite completely

Posted on September 29, 2011

The press have been quick to quote Peter Ridsale as saying that he had been “completely vindicated” following the dropping of charges fraud brought against him by Cardiff Training Standards Department (see BBC and This is Plymouth for example). In my book, in this case that fine arbiter of plain English, the Oxford Advanced Learner’s […]

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Posted in Ethics, Fit and Proper Person tests | 3 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 »

Tears before bedtime at Plymouth?

Posted on May 26, 2011

The announcement that Peter Ridsdale is expected to become the new owner of Plymouth Argyle (1) at a purchase price of £1 seems to have come as no surprise to anyone other than the Spinmeister himself apparently.  He says “This is not a transaction that I sought or contemplated but, if it is the only […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Ownership, Trusts | 2 Comments »

The points deduction lottery

Posted on May 13, 2011

As we move towards the end of the season and the state of ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ begins to harden, I am, as usual (here are my earlier findings on this topic), looking more closely at how the deduction of points impacts on the particular clubs who are promoted or, more typically, relegated. The impact (or […]

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Posted in Ethics, Governance, Points deduction, Sanctions | 6 Comments »

Some stadium snippets

Posted on April 22, 2011

Mainly, but not exclusively, bad news from various clubs at various levels in the pyramid: Bradford City  (L2; population 294,000; nearest higher Level club Leeds United 10 miles [city centre to city centre, not stadium to stadium]) Younger readers may be forgiven for not knowing that Bradford City was home to Premier League football, albeit […]

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‘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 »

Lessons from Plymouth

Posted on January 3, 2011

The car crash that Plymouth Argyle is on the verge of turning into is a strange case, yet many a club might well think that there but for the grace of god go they. At the beginning of the nineties Dan McCauley had become Chairman, with his predecessor Peter Bloom becoming Vice Chairman.  While the […]

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Posted in 2018, Assets, Benefactors, Cashflow, Debts, History, HMRC, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium | 14 Comments »

Meanwhile on Planet Pompey

Posted on October 15, 2010

Or is that two different planets? Latest development is that the Football League has again declined to return the club share (1).  The statement from the club says: Following a meeting of The Football League Board today, Portsmouth Football Club have been informed that the League are not yet able to approve the transfer of […]

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Posted in Debts, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Points deduction | 1 Comment »

The ‘return’ of Balram Chainrai

Posted on August 14, 2010

The news that Balram Chainrai is set to return as owner of Portsmouth (1) has resulted in surprisingly little comment so far, although once the final impediments are removed this is likely to change.  At the moment all that is awaited is approval by the Football League and the transfer of the golden share.  This […]

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Posted in Ethics, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 5 Comments »

JB’s awards for Season 2009/10

Posted on August 2, 2010

Yes, silly season again, at least, until the Glorious Seventh! SOAP STAR OF THE SEASON AWARD: Some noble efforts this year, but there was no-one in quite the same league as Portsmouth.  As if four owners, Administration and HMRC challenging the CVA in court wasn’t enough, they managed to carry on ‘soaping’ over the summer […]

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Portsmouth’s continuing purgatory

Posted on July 16, 2010

To no-one’s, I suspect, great surprise, HMRC has waited until the last minute to object to the proposed CVA (1,  2 , and 3). The grounds on which HMRC are appealing are twofold: (a) The interests of HMRC have been or will be unfairly prejudiced by the taking of that decision; and (b) There were […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 15 Comments »

Crystal Palace’s Park is its castle

Posted on June 2, 2010

Yesterday provided a good example of the potential power of social media in reporting breaking news.  Sadly the Twitterati were more concerned with reporting from Theo Walcott’s golf club than from the meeting where Crystal Palace would ‘do or die’.  As we now know, they have, thankfully, lived to fight another day. At the heart […]

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Posted in Assets, Benefactors, Debts, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium, Transfer embargo | 1 Comment »

 
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