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Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of! Football Finance

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Posted on June 1, 2009

It’s difficult not to feel sympathetic towards the lot of Brighton fans. The start of the eighties had seen them in the top flight, and, in 1983, FA Cup runners-up. By 1987 they were facing life in the old Division 3. They made it back to Division 2 at the end of the season, but […]

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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 »

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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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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The trouble with new stadiums 4 (and final)

Posted on August 10, 2010

[See also The trouble with new stadiums 1, which looked at the argument that “We’re a club with ambition and we need more seats to reflect that ambition“, The trouble with new stadiums 2, which looked at the argument that “We’ve got the wrong sort of stadium.  We need one better suited to maximising our […]

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Posted in Assets, Costs, Debts, Stadium | 13 Comments »

Are we going stark stadium bonkers?

Posted on April 2, 2010

How often have clubs fallen into the ‘cargo cult’ trap of believing that a new stadium with a greater capacity is the answer to their financial problems, only to find that it has increased their financial problems and has somehow failed to deliver as ‘fan bait’?  Think Darlington as the most obvious example.  Think Coventry […]

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Posted in 2018, Debts, Stadium | 10 Comments »

Weymouth’s woes

Posted on August 31, 2009

The South Coast does not seem to be a successful part of the country when it comes to professional football. Think Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth… and Weymouth. Promotion to the Conference South and then the Conference, and playing in a relatively new stadium, seemed to herald a new era, and this was evidenced by strong […]

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Fisher Athletic and the Brothers Muduroglu

Posted on May 13, 2009

Brothers and football club ownership have, for reasons I readily admit that I cannot fathom, had a poor track record in English football. In the early eighties the publicity-shy Bhatti brothers led recent FA Cup semi-finalists and League Cup winners Wolves from the old Division 1 to Division 4 with three consecutive relegations, not to […]

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Posted in Assets, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium | 1 Comment »

Darlington and Stockport County

Posted on May 7, 2009

The lot of an Administrator is not one I envy. The primary responsibility of an Administrator is to the company’s debtors, with a proviso that that he/she should try to maintain the company as a going concern, which would normally mean its sale. In other words, the stakeholders whose interests are being protected are primarily […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 1 Comment »