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FC United of Manchester’s new season tickets

Posted on May 19, 2009

Early in April I blogged about what I saw as a general lack of experimentation with ticket pricing, with the result that clubs were failing to revenue maximise (1). FC United of Manchester have just announced a very interesting experiment in the pricing of their season tickets for next season (2). In a nutshell, fans […]

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Posted in Ownership, Revenues, Trusts | 3 Comments »

AFC Wimbledon & FC United of Manchester

Posted on April 27, 2009

English football’s bastard love children are proving themselves upwardly mobile. AFC Wimbledon will be playing in the Conference next season and FC United almost made the play-offs for promotion to the Conference North. Considering both clubs started from scratch so recently, this is no mean achievement. No doubt dreams of emulating their errant ‘parents’ – […]

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Trouble at Rossendale United and Rothwell Town

Posted on March 1, 2011

Those who are ‘fleet of ear’ will have picked up on Sunday’s 5 Live Investigates that Rossendale United and Rothwell Town (and, to pick up on Kevin Rye’s well-placed pass, not Runcorn Linnets!) have serious cause for concern.  Clubs in crisis as you go further down the pyramid tend to be less well reported.  These two […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Cashflow, Debts, Financial doping, Ownership | 3 Comments »

Manchester City’s aspirations of global hegemony?

Posted on December 14, 2010

Manchester City are the latest addition to a strategic alliance of football clubs across the world which Atlético Madrid have been building. Atlético’s international agreements go back as far as November 2009, when they started to collaborate with Shanghai Shenhua of China (1).  Collaboration was essentially sporting, with the use of player loans to gain playing […]

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Posted in Fans, Globetrotterisation | 2 Comments »

Manchester City following in Pompey’s footsteps

Posted on October 2, 2010

Manchester City’s financial results, published earlier this week (1), were generally reported uncritically earlier this week, notwithstanding the key loss of £121m, with the exception at least of The Sun (2), where there was some attempt to look beyond the positive headlining provided by the club. According to the club, the financial highlights could be […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Costs, Debts, Ownership | 10 Comments »

AFC Liverpool and Liverpool FC

Posted on July 13, 2009

There is a definite uncertainty about AFC Liverpool. No, I’m not referring to either their financial situation or their progress on the pitch. I’m referring to their sense of their own identity. In my earlier posting on The fate of resurrectionist clubs (1), I looked at FC United of Manchester although their predecessor was alive […]

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So, is it really ‘goodbye Bluebirds, hello Red Dragons’?

Posted on June 7, 2012

Like the old joke about anti-social behaviour in a lift, what is happening at Cardiff City is just plain wrong at so many levels. The root causes of the problem lie in Sam Hammam’s decision to build a new stadium, the resulting deep financial difficulty that Cardiff got themselves into with Langston and the Damoclean […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Debts, Fans, Investors, Marketing, Merchandising, Ownership, Stadium, Strategy | 5 Comments »

Deconstructing Peter Lorimer

Posted on May 15, 2012

Peter Lorimer’s thoughts on fans being on the boards of football clubs (1) were, at least as reported by the BBC, somewhat confusing and even confused. Certainly his assertion that he does not envisage a member of the Supporters Trust having a place on the Leeds United board is hardly a surprise given the way […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Investors, Ownership, Trusts | 4 Comments »

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 »

The trouble with new stadiums 2

Posted on July 8, 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 second case put for building a new stadium is: We’ve got the wrong sort of stadium.  We need one better suited to maximising our revenue streams. […]

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Posted in Assets, Marketing, Merchandising, Revenues, Stadium | 2 Comments »

The fate of resurrectionist clubs

Posted on July 6, 2009

I’m not sure what it is that draws me to following the fate of resurrectionist clubs. Perhaps it’s just the curiosity of seeing whether the new club can make a better fist of it than its predecessor. Maybe it’s the delayed gratification of following their success or failure over a number of seasons. No matter […]

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Posted in Resurrection | 7 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 »

Stadium developments (and redevelopments)

Posted on October 24, 2011

In the last couple of weeks, stadiums, both those which are newly planned and those where there has been or will be redevelopment, have being popping up on my radar screen with surprising regularity. The saga of what to do with the Olympic stadium shows no signs of reaching resolution.  Sadly we seem to be […]

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Posted in Assets, Stadium | 5 Comments »

Lessons from Plymouth

Posted on January 3, 2011

The car crash that Plymouth Argyle is on the verge of turning into is a strange case, yet many a club might well think that there but for the grace of god go they. At the beginning of the nineties Dan McCauley had become Chairman, with his predecessor Peter Bloom becoming Vice Chairman.  While the […]

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Posted in 2018, Assets, Benefactors, Cashflow, Debts, History, HMRC, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium | 14 Comments »

Groundhog Day for the Trotters?

Posted on November 12, 2010

Reading through my Bolton file certainly makes for consistent reading, although ‘consistently inconsistent’ might be more accurate. “We have to balance the books” he told us as far back as 2003 (1), adding “We can’t afford to spend any money we haven’t got. We’re not going to go down that route.”  A fan of Mr […]

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Posted in Costs, Debts, Ethics, UEFA, Wages | 2 Comments »