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Norwich away is awry

Posted on April 10, 2009

Readers of this blog may recall that in my posting Life’s tough in Administration of 1st April (1) I commented on the fact that Norwich players had paid for their own flights to Blackpool for an away game. Now comes the news that the club’s directors have personally paid for the flight to Swansea this […]

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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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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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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 »

The trouble with new stadiums 1

Posted on June 27, 2010

You may have noticed – I am not a fan of the new stadium.  At the Supporters Direct Conference I spoke briefly about ‘the myth of the new stadium’, and over a couple of postings I’ll  elaborate on why I don’t, in general, rate them. Broadly, there are three lines of argument that are trotted […]

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Warring at Walsall

Posted on May 16, 2010

Rising up the pyramid when there are larger iconic clubs geographically close to you is always going to be difficult, because the size of potential fan base is constrained.  In the case of Walsall (League 1), within ten miles they have West Bromwich Albion (Premier League next season), Wolves (Premier League), Aston Villa (Premier League), […]

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Posted in Assets, Benefactors, Censorship, Community, Fans, Identity, Ownership, Public relations, Stadium | 4 Comments »

Ups and Downs 1

Posted on April 7, 2010

Like virtually every football fan, there is really only one football result each week that matters to me personally – I have to know it almost as the whistle blows (thankfully possible in the age that we live in).  The rest I could easily wait to read in the Sunday papers. With my particular perspective […]

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Posted in Promotion, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 6 Comments »

King’s Lynn down a key player as they face HMRC

Posted on November 23, 2009

King’s Lynn, who face a winding-up order in court this Wednesday from HMRC over a debt of £65,000, have just seen the resignation of their recently appointed Financial Director David Handley (1).  This is clearly a cause of deep concern to Linnets fans, but it might the bigger picture behind this might just pick up […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Football Conference, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Trusts | 8 Comments »

Italy’s new ‘Premier League’

Posted on August 27, 2009

The BBC has reported under the headline Serie A to form breakaway league that “Serie A is set to copy the formation of England’s Premier League“, to be known as Lega Calcio Serie A (1). Before looking at a rather important detail that the BBC omits, it is worth looking at whether the formation of […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Governance | 5 Comments »

Portsmouth and Southampton again

Posted on June 5, 2009

Back in April I commented on some of the similarities and differences between these two South Coast rivals (1). Since then, for Southampton the uncertainty over their future ownership, and indeed survival, has continued. As I write, there is talk of a mystery multi-millionaire and the announcement of a new board this week (2). We […]

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Canaries v. Tractor Boys

Posted on May 4, 2009

Norwich City’s failure against Charlton yesterday afternoon means that next season they will be playing in League 1 next season, the first time they have played in Tier 3 since 1960. As recently as 2005 they were in the Premier League. Since 1996 Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones have been joint majority share-holders […]

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Posted in Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Life’s tough in Administration

Posted on April 1, 2009

Dave Penney, Darlington’s under-pressure manager, has attacked the club’s Administrators, Wilson Field, accusing them of treating the players like amateurs (1). His team had just beaten Barnet away in spite of having to make the long journey south on the morning of the match as the Administrators would not sanction the costs of an overnight […]

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