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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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Revolving doors at Dorchester

Posted on September 12, 2009

Followers of this blog will recall that Eddie Mitchell’s sudden move to the board of Bournemouth has resulted in some unusual arrangements at Dorchester Town, where he was previously Chairman (1 and 2). First Eddie handed over his majority shareholding to sons Tom and Josh on the Dorchester board (3), an arrangement that never seemed […]

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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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Round the Lower Levels Part 2

Posted on December 21, 2011

At last, Part 2 of my overview of what is happening from a broad financial perspective.  Part 1 ran alphabetically up to Prescot Cables, and is available here.  With a slight jump backwards, we pick it up with: Port Vale An interesting case of ‘fan ownership’.  Valiant 2001 bought the club from the Administrators in […]

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Club round-up

Posted on July 29, 2010

A variety of snippets of insolvency and related news.  Readers unfamiliar with events at particular clubs should use the Quick Club Links in the left side bar for postings passim. Ashford Town (Kent) Today’s the day of the Administration hearing (1) and a resolution (?) of the confrontation between Don Crosbie and Tony Betteridge, co-owners […]

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Nepotism attempts to rear its ugly head again

Posted on November 13, 2009

Regular readers will recall how Eddie Mitchell was reported to be the author of several emails to Weymouth offering them £5,000 to take on his son Tom as a player (1).  Mitchell dismissed the emails as an elaborate forgery.  He, of course, had famously tried to leave his sons in charge at Dorchester Town when […]

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Mitchell further muddies South Coast waters?

Posted on October 24, 2009

Following my last posting, prompted by Eddie Mitchell’s call for government support, there is an extraordinary report in the Dorest Echo today (1).  While on the one hand Mitchell (see postings passim) is calling for government help for clubs like ailing Bournemouth, which he recently bought into following his involvement at Dorchester Town (where he […]

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Government intervention?

Posted on October 23, 2009

Hard times at Bournemouth have prompted Eddie Mitchell to suggest drastic intervention: “The club is at the heart of the town and should have money invested in it by the government. It’s up to the government to restructure the game and I see it all over the country. It was the same with Dorchester in […]

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More on the Mitchells

Posted on August 31, 2009

Back in July I blogged on the Mitchell family of Dorset and the unusual arrangements at Dorchester Town following Eddie Mitchell’s involvement with Bournemouth (1). The FA have taken action regarding Dorchester Town and its ownership by Eddie’s sons Tom and Josh (2). The new owner is Tony Newman, and Chairman Dave Roberts purrs reassuringly […]

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The Mitchell family of Dorset

Posted on July 14, 2009

Down in Bournemouth (League 2), things look at last to be on the up. Recently a consortium led by Adam Murry bought the club, ending a long period of uncertainty when Paul Baker was trying with increasing desperation. New Chairman, it was announced on 22 June, is one Eddie Mitchell, and the new board of […]

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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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