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Should Steven Vaughan be worried?

Posted on November 18, 2009

Well, obviously he should about the future of Chester City, but I was thinking rather more of the implications of his signing an undertaking banning him from acting as a company director until the year 2020 (1).  The specific implication is that “may no longer act as either an active or inactive director, or exercise […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Football Conference, Governance, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Stephen Vaughan on Management

Posted on October 8, 2009

Last season Stephen Vaughan of Chester City won my Most Ludicrous Statement of the Year Award (1) and he is making the early running this season.  In an interview with the Chester Chronicle (2), in which the interviewer ‘put Vaughan on the spot‘, apparently over a pub lunch the accompanying photo would suggest, the ‘City […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 3 Comments »

Stephen Vaughan sees no ships

Posted on August 6, 2009

See http://www.chestercityfc.net/article/2797188/Press-Release Watch the number of moderated comments by fans soar!

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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 »

Chester revisited

Posted on June 28, 2011

Not a return visit to the carryings on of Stephen Vaughan, or the resurrection at the Deva, but a revisiting of the Report of the Committee on Football, aka The Chester Report, published in 1968.  With the current Select Committee report on Football Governance in preparation, it seemed timely to have look at what has […]

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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 »

Around the courts

Posted on March 10, 2010

Once again, on a day of much activity on the English football management scene, I find myself abroad, in a hotel room with a distinctly dodgy internet connection.  So here goes with what I have managed to surf against the odds. Cardiff City Of the remaining £1.7m of the HMRC debt which was the subject […]

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Whither Chester?

Posted on February 28, 2010

The decision of the Football Conference Chairmen to expel Chester City at last showed a will to take the decisive step to bring to an end the sorry tale of this club (see postings passim). Well, probably that is with respect to Chester City Football Club 2004 Limited.  It can of course apply for membership […]

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Posted in Football Conference, Governance, Resurrection | 2 Comments »

The suspension of Chester City

Posted on February 11, 2010

As Stephen Vaughan seems unwilling to do the decent thing and fall on his sword, the Conference have given him a shove in the right direction by suspending the club, ostensibly for failing to fulfill fixtures (1).  The suspension is for seven days, but as the police will no longer man matches at the Deva […]

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Posted in Debts, Football Conference, Governance, Insolvency | 4 Comments »

Portsmouth: the continuing soap

Posted on February 7, 2010

One of my friends, who is also a colleague and a fellow Pompey fan, always says that supporting Pompey reminds him of a John Cleese quotation: “I can cope with the despair. It’s the hope I cannot handle“, which reflects rather well my personal feelings at the moment. The club of course is facing its […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Governance, Ownership, Premier League | Leave a Comment »

Coming up in court, with HMRC

Posted on January 23, 2010

The current HMRC surge of legal action (see HMRC on the warpath big time) hits the courts in the coming few weeks. First up, on Wednesday 27th January, are Notts County, with a tax bill of £600,000 and total debts of £1.5 million (1) and Chester City.  In the case of Notts County it all depends […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 15 Comments »

Dear Santa ;-)

Posted on December 24, 2009

I was going to ask for a ban as a director for John Batchelor, but it seems you have just delivered this! In no particular order then, this is what I’d really like for Christmas as well: For King’s Lynn, a brand spanking new football club run by the Supporters Trust For Accrington Stanley fans, […]

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Trouble at t’top (and bottom)

Posted on December 5, 2009

While most of the clubs facing financial difficulty are to be found in the lower two levels of the Football League and the two levels of the Conference, the propensity to generate concern spreads out in both directions. In the Premier League the club with most cause for concern currently is Portsmouth. As I noted […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Insolvency | 4 Comments »

Of windings-up and windings up

Posted on December 1, 2009

This last week has not been the best week to choose for some leave, but then when is!  Certainly there has been plenty of action off the pitch, and here is a summary of the ‘clubs in flux’. Cardiff City (see postings passim) HMRC have been making winding-up moves which even spinmeister Peter Ridsdale is […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 11 Comments »

Why Weymouth should be worried

Posted on November 21, 2009

Just how brazen can you get in flouting the Fit and Proper Person test?  See my last posting for some suggestions.  There is however a new contender. Latest on the takeover at Weymouth from the Dorset Echo includes the following gem: ““We are on course to fulfil our due diligence and will make a full […]

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