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Close shave for Forest Green

Posted on March 29, 2010

According to a statement on their club website (1) “Forest Green Rovers Football Club Limited has reached an agreement with the Inland Revenue [sic] over an historic tax liability amounting to £45k“. On 8th March the club issued a statement indicating that a financial crisis was imminent (2).  It warned “Everyone needs to recognise that […]

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Posted in Benefactors, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | Leave a Comment »

The Top 91 Clubs?

Posted on May 29, 2010

The uncertainty and overall shambles characterising the allocation of clubs next season in the Non-League divisions (see Appendix E: Tough Love for Salisbury City?) is in danger of spreading to the Football League. Grimsby Town, together with Darlington, occupied the two bottom slots of League 2 at the end of the season just gone, and […]

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Posted in Football League, Governance, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 2 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 »

Are we going stark stadium bonkers?

Posted on April 2, 2010

How often have clubs fallen into the ‘cargo cult’ trap of believing that a new stadium with a greater capacity is the answer to their financial problems, only to find that it has increased their financial problems and has somehow failed to deliver as ‘fan bait’?  Think Darlington as the most obvious example.  Think Coventry […]

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Posted in 2018, Debts, Stadium | 10 Comments »

Altrincham thwart Lewes bid to break Darwen record

Posted on April 5, 2009

Recently the minds of anorakies were focused on Arsenal’s bid to topple the long held records of Preston North End (at one time known as the Invincibles) for playing in the League without defeat. Last Saturday they were focused on whether the most unenviable record in English league football – consecutive games without a win […]

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Posted in Insolvency | Leave a Comment »