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Folkestone Invicta enter CVA

Posted on February 16, 2010

What with being away and more focussed on clubs such as Portsmouth, Chester and Notts County, I’m afraid I missed an insolvency event on 5th February – Folkestone Invicta, of the Isthmian League Division 1, have opted to enter a CVA (Administration would have been the more drastic alternative) in order to meet debts of […]

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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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Folkestone Invicta anyone?

Posted on July 6, 2009

Does anyone know the latest news of Folkestone Invicta, the resurrectionist successor to Folkestone Town who were expelled from the Beazer Homes League in 1990 over financial difficulties? On June 24th the Kentish Express reported the club as facing the threat of Administration (1); they faced an ‘imminent Administration threat’ according to Kent News the […]

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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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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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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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