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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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HMRC’s latest activity and other traumas

Posted on July 1, 2010

You keep off the internet for the best part of ten days, come home, and, bingo!  HMRC have been at it again. First they’ve been revisiting some familiar league faces: Grays Athletic The club has been given a stay of execution of 98 (yes, that’s right, 98) days over the undisclosed debt to HMRC debt […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 12 Comments »

Appendix E: Tough Love for Salisbury City?

Posted on May 23, 2010

This is the time of year that anorakies like me start to change our data files to reflect the promotions and relegations which are about to take place officially.  If you think that is already a straightforward task, barring the odd play-off final, then you are forgetting what is happening in the Conference and lower […]

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Posted in Debts, Football Association, Football Conference, Governance, HMRC | 4 Comments »

Alternative models

Posted on December 5, 2009

Notwithstanding the emergence of Supporters Trusts, there has been relatively little experimentation with alternative forms of business structure in English football clubs. One notable exception has been Ebbsfleet United, which allows democratic paricipation by its members through the use of the internet – see the club website and Both websites have been silent so […]

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Posted in Community, Governance, Organisational culture, Ownership | 3 Comments »