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More controversy at Halesowen Town

Posted on July 12, 2010

Halesowen Town has been a much troubled club over the past few years, much of it associated with erstwhile owner and manager Morrell Maison, and the club passing into Administration (see many postings passim). The latest problem relates to current manager Matt Clarke and player Scott Rickards, although the allegation which the FA charge relates […]

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Halesowen Town horrors continue

Posted on September 16, 2009

Regular blog readers will be aware of the extraordinary happenings at Halesowen Town (see postings passim) for over a year. Events have speeded up in the last week, no doubt as the rescheduled AGM was due to take place yesterday, Tuesday 15th September.  As things turned out, that meeting has not been held.  That is […]

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Posted in Debts, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 4 Comments »

Air-brushing on the Halesowen Town website

Posted on August 7, 2009

Following the unfolding saga of Halesowen Town (see earlier postings) has just got more difficult as the dispute between the two factions spreads to cyberspace . As I write, the lead story on the club’s website reads: “Halesowen Town Football Club welcomes the decision of the Courts in passing judgement and costs in our favour […]

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Halesowen Town latest

Posted on August 6, 2009

A month ago I suggested it was hard to see how things could get worse for Halesowen Town (1). The Supporters Trust have acquired 51% of the shareholding and pressed ahead with plans to force the club into Administration (2). This move has been challenged in the courts by ‘owner’/manager Morell Maison, and it has […]

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Deconstructing Peter Lorimer

Posted on May 15, 2012

Peter Lorimer’s thoughts on fans being on the boards of football clubs (1) were, at least as reported by the BBC, somewhat confusing and even confused. Certainly his assertion that he does not envisage a member of the Supporters Trust having a place on the Leeds United board is hardly a surprise given the way […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Investors, Ownership, Trusts | 4 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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Club round-up

Posted on July 29, 2010

A variety of snippets of insolvency and related news.  Readers unfamiliar with events at particular clubs should use the Quick Club Links in the left side bar for postings passim. Ashford Town (Kent) Today’s the day of the Administration hearing (1) and a resolution (?) of the confrontation between Don Crosbie and Tony Betteridge, co-owners […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 7 Comments »

Administration & ‘Absolute Bollocks’

Posted on March 21, 2010

Not my words, I hasten to add; as if. No, they are the reported words of Portsmouth Administrator Andrew Andronikou in response to allegations of vote-rigging in an IVA which he had previously been responsible for (1).  He has already been in the limelight in connection with the Portsmouth Administration when HMRC initially objected to […]

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Coming up in court, with HMRC

Posted on January 23, 2010

The current HMRC surge of legal action (see HMRC on the warpath big time) hits the courts in the coming few weeks. First up, on Wednesday 27th January, are Notts County, with a tax bill of £600,000 and total debts of £1.5 million (1) and Chester City.  In the case of Notts County it all depends […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 15 Comments »

Kettering Town and the enigmatic Imraan Ladak

Posted on January 18, 2010

Trying to find the single adjective to describe someone in a headline is often difficult, but in the case of Kettering Town’s Imraan Ladak ‘enigmatic’ readily springs to mind. The club has a long history and, for many years, slowly but surely, clawed their way up the pyramid.  In 1974 they applied to the Football […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Football Association, Governance, Ownership, Stadium | 7 Comments »

Insolvency overview

Posted on November 15, 2009

Three weeks is a long time in football management – it was only on 25 October that I posted my last overview.  Previous ‘overviews’ can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Overviews’ tag at the top of the page. With a number of clubs things have become clearer, but for many the confusion has just […]

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Posted in Debts, Fit and Proper Person tests, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 23 Comments »

Administrations review

Posted on October 25, 2009

With several court appearances due to consider various aspects of insolvency at different clubs, now seemed a good time to take a broad look at clubs that have been in trouble recently: Bournemouth Bournemouth has been well covered in postings passim. £150,000 is due to HMRC but the club’s bank account remains frozen.  Eddie Mitchell […]

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Chester City drinking at last chance saloon

Posted on October 21, 2009

It was less than a fortnight ago that I was blogging on the Stephen Vaughan approach to management, and some of the odd theories he proposed on how to run a club (1). The Conference is now running out of patience with the way Chester City is being run.  This afternoon they published this blunt […]

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Posted in Debts, Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Football Conference, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 4 Comments »

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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UPDATES to ‘Insolvency round-up’

Posted on September 12, 2009

I’ve added a couple of short updates as ‘comments’ on the ‘Insolvency round-up’ posting, specifically on Lewes, Portsmouth, and Southend. For some of the clubs I selected there is more substantive news: Accrington Stanley The first two days of the ‘Save our Stanley’ campaign (although ‘Save Stanley’s Board’ might be nearer the mark) raised £10,000 […]

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