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Developments at Wrexham

Posted on March 30, 2010

Readers may recall that I have blogged on the farcical attempts of Wrexham’s owners to paralyse legitimate (as well as objectionable) discussion on the RedPassion message board (see RedPassion muzzled).  Excellent news – Gamlins, the solicitors acting for Geoffrey Moss, have now been “instructed to unequivocally withdraw all legal threats” to the board Moderator on […]

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Pompey – the turning point?

Posted on November 20, 2012

I’ve not blogged recently on the Pompey basket case.  Not because there wasn’t much happening, but rather because there has been almost too much happening to stop and take a coherent view.  In fact, the last time I posted was back in March 2011, when I commented “Portsmouth City Football Club Ltd. is dead – […]

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Posted in Community, Fans, Insolvency, Ownership, Points deduction, Sanctions, Stadium, Trusts | 3 Comments »

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 »

Why I shall be especially grumpy this Saturday afternoon

Posted on April 3, 2012

“Football clubs ‘in poor financial health’” a headline on the BBC News website has just screamed (1).  Apparently “many clubs are continuing to spend too much, principally on players’ wages, as they always have done”.  What?  Surely not?  Well, OK, the said headline was in the Business section of the BBC website rather than their […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Community, Debts, Financial doping, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership, Wages | 5 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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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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Round the lower levels Part 1

Posted on November 28, 2011

Plenty has been happening once you look down the football pyramid since I last gave a general overview.  The continually flashing lights on my radar screen have of course been Plymouth Argyle and Wrexham, although, for entirely different reasons, I have resisted the very strong temptation to blog on these two clubs.  In the case […]

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Posted in Debts, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium | 4 Comments »

Round-up of insolvency events 2010/11

Posted on August 27, 2011

Things looked slightly better than in the previous season in simple terms of the number of insolvency events I have logged – ten events involving nine clubs, compared to twelve events each at a different club in the previous season – although there were still some large clubs involved.  In 2009/10 we had seen Crystal […]

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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 »

When a club is at its most vulnerable

Posted on March 27, 2011

A week can be a long time in football, but, having been out of the country for a week, working in the Tirol, I find it quite surprising in some ways how little has happened, or, to be more precise, resolved itself.  Two ‘sagas’ which have been on my radar screens for several weeks have […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Governance | 10 Comments »

‘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 »

‘Good Rangers’ v. ‘Evil Rovers’?

Posted on December 21, 2010

The top of the Conference table intrigues me.  The top seven clubs come from right across the spectrum of football business models, from clubs whose fans can be rightly proud, through those that have been abused by boards past and/or present, through to clubs that engage in blatant financial doping and whose fans have seen […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Ethics, History, Ownership, Trusts | 1 Comment »

RedPassion muzzled

Posted on February 22, 2010

RedPassion is a fan site for supporters of Wrexham and, like many such sites, operates a fan’s forum (1).  As I write, if you click through, you will be greeted with the following message: “Hi, As you might notice the RP forums are looking a little empty, this is due to legal correspondence from Gamlins […]

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Posted in Censorship, Fans | 5 Comments »

Administrations review

Posted on October 25, 2009

With several court appearances due to consider various aspects of insolvency at different clubs, now seemed a good time to take a broad look at clubs that have been in trouble recently: Bournemouth Bournemouth has been well covered in postings passim. £150,000 is due to HMRC but the club’s bank account remains frozen.  Eddie Mitchell […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 19 Comments »

 
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