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On Coventry City, Hereford United and Salisbury City, not forgetting the Owners & Directors Test

Posted on August 28, 2014

So, Coventry City will finally return to the Ricoh. Interestingly, the large CCFC logo which adorns the stadium had never at any point been taken down, suggesting that ACL, the Ricoh owners, always believed a compromise with Sisu could be achieved. According to the Coventry Telegraph, the big breakthrough in negotiations was as the result […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 1 Comment »

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 »

Farsley Celtic LATEST and Salisbury City

Posted on July 7, 2009

Things look grim both ‘up North’ and ‘down South’, and football’s governance may have to face up to an unforeseen problem. Celtic, now in Administration, have been thrown out of the Conference (1) but semed to have a possible lifeline of appealing to the FA on the precedent of Northwich Victoria (2). Now the Non-League […]

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Posted in Governance, Insolvency | 1 Comment »

Buyers for Salisbury City?

Posted on April 16, 2009

Salisbury City, currently lying 14th in the Conference with 54 points, have been up for sale for £1 since April 8th. (1) and are now reported as having three or four serious candidates to purchase the club (2). It’s not just having £1 that matters – a condition of the sale is that the new […]

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

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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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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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 »

The very strange case of Swindon Town

Posted on June 5, 2010

Swindon and Salisbury lie rough forty miles apart, so it is quite possible that a Salisbury City fan may have picked up the latest copy of The Swindon Advertiser and read this intriguing report, entitled ‘Town’s CVA finally signed off‘. Quite what their reaction was I hesitate to guess.  They must surely have looked to […]

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Posted in Debts, Football Association, Football League, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

The Top 91 Clubs?

Posted on May 29, 2010

The uncertainty and overall shambles characterising the allocation of clubs next season in the Non-League divisions (see Appendix E: Tough Love for Salisbury City?) is in danger of spreading to the Football League. Grimsby Town, together with Darlington, occupied the two bottom slots of League 2 at the end of the season just gone, and […]

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Posted in Football League, Governance, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 2 Comments »

The descent of Grays Athletic

Posted on May 28, 2010

As I said in my last blog post Appendix E: Tough Love for Salisbury City?, Grays Athletic face a rather worse fate rather than straightforward relegation to the Conference South.  It’s a depressing tale, and one can’t help feeling it was an accident waiting to happen to a club. The club had faced and survived […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Football Association, Football Conference, Governance, Pyramid movement, Relegation, Stadium, Trusts | 1 Comment »

More turmoil at Notts County

Posted on February 11, 2010

With the kind of spin which even Peter Ridsdale would be proud, Chairman Peter Trembling has issued the following statement on the Notts County website (1) which begins: “I am delighted to announce that the search for investment into this football club has concluded and last night I signed over my 90% shareholding in the […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Pack Up Pompey?

Posted on December 10, 2009

Well, according to the club itself in a statement issued this morning, “The club is not going into administration. If that were the case it would have happened at the end of September or early October. This week alone, HM Revenue and Customs were paid £2m and other historical arrears are being dealt with on […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Marketing, Public relations | 1 Comment »

 
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