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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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The very strange case of Swindon Town

Posted on June 5, 2010

Swindon and Salisbury lie rough forty miles apart, so it is quite possible that a Salisbury City fan may have picked up the latest copy of The Swindon Advertiser and read this intriguing report, entitled ‘Town’s CVA finally signed off‘. Quite what their reaction was I hesitate to guess.  They must surely have looked to […]

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Posted in Debts, Football Association, Football League, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

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 »

Luton Town and an unfair disadvantage

Posted on April 14, 2009

The 2008/09 season in Division 2 will not be one that the Football League will look back on with pride. The League has struggled to deter clubs from going into Administration by imposing points deductions. This demonstrably has not worked. At the season start three clubs, Bournemouth, Luton and Rotherham, began with a total of […]

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Posted in Governance, Insolvency | 2 Comments »