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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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In another High Court move, ‘Watford v. Gillingham’

Posted on August 4, 2010

I’m currently on leave, but huddled over my laptop following HMRC v. Portsmouth, courtesy of Portsmouth Evening News and Dan Roan on Twitter.  Latest news is that the court has adjourned for the day, and at least an executive summary of Mr Justice Mann’s judgement can be expected later on tomorrow afternoon. In the fairly […]

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Posted in Debts, Ownership, Stadium | 1 Comment »

Gillingham’s Scally hits out

Posted on April 6, 2009

Paul Scally, owner of Gillingham, never afraid of controversy, has attacked what he calls the ‘mockery’ of points deduction for clubs going into Administration (1). He would prefer to see clubs punished thus: “Rather than having points knocked off they should be relegated and only allowed to return three seasons later once they have proved […]

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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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The Magic of Football – still there in the Cups?

Posted on January 27, 2012

It’s increasingly difficult to see any magic in the beautiful game other than black magic, especially when you look at it from a financial perspective.  You only need to think of the narrow escapes at Plymouth and Wrexham recently, and both Portsmouth and Darlington are standing on the edge of the precipice. The Cups may […]

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Chairman Ron’s Little Blue Blog: Prologue

Posted on November 22, 2009

Southend United’s Chairman Ron Martin could never be accused of consistency.  First we were told on the club website on 4 November that a full statement about the recent near melt-down of the club in winding-up proceedings would be forthcoming, but this claim was mysteriously airbrushed out.  Warming to his strategy of non-communication of information, […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Debts, HMRC | 1 Comment »

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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