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Parallel realities and Worcester City

Posted on November 3, 2009

As I update my club files daily, I often wonder whether the news items refer to one club, or to two, existing in quite different realities.  The stadium project is often the prompt for such thoughts. I’ve written on the last forty years of Portsmouth’s plans for a new stadium, now on at least their […]

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Posted in Debts, Stadium | 7 Comments »

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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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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Posted in Stadium | 4 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 »

Liverpool and Manchester United

Posted on October 14, 2010

I’ve been abroad for work and then taken a couple of days leave – the net result is a week of only occasional internet contact.  A week is a long time in football it would seem. All my standard searches to keep up with football management affairs have resulted in a total overkill on the […]

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Posted in Costs, Debts, Investors, Ownership, Revenues | 5 Comments »

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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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Ethics, HMRC, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 8 Comments »

Varying the capacity of stadiums

Posted on February 9, 2010

Last week I was at the FH Kufstein University of the Applied Sciences Winter School in Austria, and, among a number of very interesting presentations from both academics and practitioners, was one given by Rainer Quenzer, Managing Director of Nüssli International AG, a Swiss company which specialises in building temporary and semi-permanent  modular stadiums (see […]

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Posted in Costs, Stadium | 4 Comments »

Some snippets…

Posted on December 9, 2009

There are some updates on a number of clubs: Bournemouth A fresh attempt is to be made by Jeff Mostyn to have the transfer embargo lifted (1).  Debts to football creditors and HMRC have now been settled; what remains is described as ‘legacy debt’.  I’m not convinced that this a distinction which will cut much […]

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Posted in Debts, Insolvency, Ownership | 6 Comments »

St Modwen v. Swindon Town

Posted on November 17, 2009

Swindon Town have one of the worst financial records among English league clubs.  They last turned a profit in 1996/97, and have been into Administration in February 2000 with debts of £3.5m, and again in March 2002 with debts of £1.8m. Following the second Administration, they did not emerge from a CVA until the end […]

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Oldham (v. Spurs?!)

Posted on November 10, 2009

When I blogged on Parallel Realities and Worcester City recently, contrasting the board’s full-blown optimism in pursuing a new stadium with the harsh reality of the club’s financial situation, I cited other examples – Portsmouth, Southend and, most notably, Darlington.  I might also have cited the case of Oldham, a particularly interesting case, as it […]

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Cutting your cloth in the Conference

Posted on June 26, 2009

The calling in of Administrators Deloitte by the UK arm of Setanta came as no surprise. The question had long been ‘when?’ rather than if ‘if?’. The precise implications of the collapse are less predictable however, and will only become clearer in the next few days and weeks. The sport which will be potentially the […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Insolvency | 2 Comments »

Bulls’ Chairman talks bullish

Posted on May 5, 2009

Perhaps there is some mileage in a TV series called ‘Chairmen say the Funniest Things!’. The first programme might feature Hereford United’s Graham Turner. Talking to BBC Hereford and Worcester, he is reported today as condemning ‘the ruling that has allowed Stockport County to stay in League One, despite going into administration’. He is quoted […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 15 Comments »

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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