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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 Scoop.it! Football Finance

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Gresley Rovers, Chris Wilder and a forgotten virtue

Posted on April 28, 2009

While the media’s attention has been focussed on Darlington and Southampton of late, rather less attention has been paid to the plight of Gresley Rovers of the Northern Premier League Division 1 South. The club is past its ‘glory years’, when they were finalists (1991) and then semi-finalists (1993) in the FA Vase, and, although […]

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Posted in Assets, Governance, Insolvency, Stadium | 3 Comments »

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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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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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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Cutting your cloth in the Conference

Posted on June 26, 2009

The calling in of Administrators Deloitte by the UK arm of Setanta came as no surprise. The question had long been ‘when?’ rather than if ‘if?’. The precise implications of the collapse are less predictable however, and will only become clearer in the next few days and weeks. The sport which will be potentially the […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Insolvency | 2 Comments »

Just how many more?

Posted on June 2, 2009

Anyone who knows me will confirm that I am not by nature a pessimist – a cynic maybe, but not a pessimist. Reviewing my data on insolvency events offers little to encourage any optimism however. I have to date logged 107 insolvency events involving 88 clubs since 1982. 10 have been this season; 8 have […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium | 2 Comments »