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Good news for Farsley Celtic and Folkestone Invicta?

Posted on August 11, 2009

When I last blogged on Farsley Celtic (1) they had just managed to get themselves into the Conference North with a 10 points deduction by the skin of their teeth. Latest development is that the club’s President and former Chairman, John Palmer, is in talks with the Administrator about a possible takeover (2). The club […]

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Farsley Celtic final result?

Posted on July 9, 2009

In a perhaps surprising about-turn, the Conference has allowed Farsley Celtic to play in the Conference North next season, with a 10 point deduction (1). The club and the Administrator received an email yesterday saying “In the specific and unique circumstances of the Club, where a member Club has entered into administration after the Annual […]

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Farsley Celtic LATEST and Salisbury City

Posted on July 7, 2009

Things look grim both ‘up North’ and ‘down South’, and football’s governance may have to face up to an unforeseen problem. Celtic, now in Administration, have been thrown out of the Conference (1) but semed to have a possible lifeline of appealing to the FA on the precedent of Northwich Victoria (2). Now the Non-League […]

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Farsley Celtic UPDATE

Posted on July 3, 2009

Farsley Celtic now face a second battle (see [1] and [2]). As well as their debt issues with HMRC and Coors Brewery – the latter forcing them into Administration – they have now been told by the Conference that there is no place for them next season (3). The Administrator may appeal to the FA, […]

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Farsley Celtic go into extra time

Posted on June 30, 2009

With a surprise comeback, Celtic have manged to scrape into Administration with just hours to spare, preventing their winding-up by HMRC (1 and 2).  This is not an end to their problems by any means – the debt of £200,000 to HMRC is still there. HMRC will continue to press them.  Other clubs who have […]

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Farsley Celtic 1 : HMRC 2 L

Posted on June 28, 2009

Farsley Celtic are in deep, deep trouble, for reasons which I partly sympathise with, but which are partly of their own making. The glory years for Celtic have been very recent – promotions in 2004, 2006 and 2007 under Lee Sinnott, who then moved onwards and upwards to Port Vale (1). Suffering from Gretna Syndrome, […]

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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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2011 – The Year in Insolvency Events

Posted on December 31, 2011

Below is a round-up of the insolvency events I have logged during 2011.  The definition of insolvency event is a debatable one, and I prefer a descriptive rather than prescriptive one.  Broadly I would define an insolvency event as one which reflects a discontinuity in the operation of the ‘club as company’ caused by insufficient […]

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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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Meanwhile, beyond Fratton Park…

Posted on March 7, 2010

… and whichever City bar (that’s ‘City’ as in ‘City of London’) that the Red Knights hang out in,  there’s plenty happening, or not happening, worthy of comment. Cardiff City and Southend United are both due back in court against an increasingly confrontational HMRC.  Spinmeister Peter Ridsdale has gone unusually quiet – how he survived […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Ethics, HMRC, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 8 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 »

Supporters Trusts v. Benefactors

Posted on October 14, 2009

There is an interesting piece in today’s Guardian (1), welcome not least because it promotes the Supporters Direct Conference at the NEC this Friday. I’m attending and it would be great to meet up with any readers who are attending too (there’s a photo of me on the About tag for those who haven’t met […]

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Insolvency round-up

Posted on September 6, 2009

As the first Administration of the season has just happened, it’s worth a quick review of the clubs in trouble. So, in alphabetical order: Accrington Stanley Stanley seem to be operating in another world, a rose-tinted one which is somewhat divorced from the real one. Faced with dwindling gates, the collapse of their sponsor and […]

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Review of Season 2008/09

Posted on August 4, 2009

This was not one of the great season’s from a management perspective. It is best summed up by a (slightly misleading) headline from the BBC this very morning – English club finances worry UEFA. Their worries are to do specifically with the Premier League clubs; mine have extended way down the football pyramid for several […]

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JB’s Awards for 2008/09

Posted on August 4, 2009

Well, this is what they call the silly season… SOAP STAR OF THE SEASON AWARD: Although there was a lot of competition for this one, with Northwich Victoria, Farsley Celtic and Halesowen Town all putting in strong bids, they just couldn’t match the story line of the eventual winner, Bournemouth, with constant issues over selling […]

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