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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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On Coventry City, Hereford United and Salisbury City, not forgetting the Owners & Directors Test

Posted on August 28, 2014

So, Coventry City will finally return to the Ricoh. Interestingly, the large CCFC logo which adorns the stadium had never at any point been taken down, suggesting that ACL, the Ricoh owners, always believed a compromise with Sisu could be achieved. According to the Coventry Telegraph, the big breakthrough in negotiations was as the result […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 1 Comment »

Ready to come back onto the e-pitch

Posted on August 13, 2014

Back in February last year (!) I noted a change in life circumstances and wondered “How this will affect my blogging is not yet clear.” As you may have noticed, it had a major impact on my blogging.  Between March and July this year, for example, I made 16 work-related trips, twelve of them abroad, […]

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HMRC Winding-Up Petitions

Posted on February 23, 2012

The following list is of the winding-up petitions presented by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and its predecessors, the Internal Revenue (IR) who were responsible for the collection of direct taxation such as income tax (PAYE) and National Insurance contributions, and HM Customs and Excise (C&E) who were responsible for the collection of indirect taxation […]

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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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Call me Stanley Cynical, but…

Posted on December 13, 2009

There is nothing that quite winds up [oops!  better change that that to ‘rattles the cage of’ to avoid ambiguity in the current financial low] club owners and directors than the thought that a rival club is being inadequately punished.  Witness for example the stone throwing from a glass house of Hereford United’s Graham Turner […]

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Posted in Ethics, Insolvency, Sanctions, Transfer embargo | 1 Comment »

JB’s Awards for 2008/09

Posted on August 4, 2009

Well, this is what they call the silly season… SOAP STAR OF THE SEASON AWARD: Although there was a lot of competition for this one, with Northwich Victoria, Farsley Celtic and Halesowen Town all putting in strong bids, they just couldn’t match the story line of the eventual winner, Bournemouth, with constant issues over selling […]

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Administration ain’t easy

Posted on June 25, 2009

I have long argued that the option of going into Administration is a far from easy option, and that further punishment by football’s governing bodies not only constitutes ‘second punishment’ but is dysfunctional in that it punishes the club rather than the directors who caused the financial problems, and adds to the likelihood of further […]

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Developments at Chester City

Posted on June 18, 2009

The latest developments at Chester City seem to have attracted surprisingly little comment, let alone criticism. Regular readers will recall that Chairman Stephen Vaughan took the club into Voluntary Administration a month ago (1). Former player David Jones got as far as requesting due diligence with the Administrator, but did not reach a deal to […]

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Posted in Debts, Insolvency, Ownership, Points deduction | 5 Comments »

Liverpool and the Auditors

Posted on June 11, 2009

KPMG, the auditors of Liverpool, have warned of a “material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt upon the group’s ability to continue as a going concern” (1). So, what does the qualification of a company’s accounts by its auditors imply? With a conventional business it would certainly be a cause for concern, and an indicator […]

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Posted on June 1, 2009

It’s difficult not to feel sympathetic towards the lot of Brighton fans. The start of the eighties had seen them in the top flight, and, in 1983, FA Cup runners-up. By 1987 they were facing life in the old Division 3. They made it back to Division 2 at the end of the season, but […]

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Bulls’ Chairman talks bullish

Posted on May 5, 2009

Perhaps there is some mileage in a TV series called ‘Chairmen say the Funniest Things!’. The first programme might feature Hereford United’s Graham Turner. Talking to BBC Hereford and Worcester, he is reported today as condemning ‘the ruling that has allowed Stockport County to stay in League One, despite going into administration’. He is quoted […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 15 Comments »