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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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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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When a club is at its most vulnerable

Posted on March 27, 2011

A week can be a long time in football, but, having been out of the country for a week, working in the Tirol, I find it quite surprising in some ways how little has happened, or, to be more precise, resolved itself.  Two ‘sagas’ which have been on my radar screens for several weeks have […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Governance | 10 Comments »

Self-destruction at Ashford Town (Kent)?

Posted on July 21, 2010

The announcement yesterday (1) by Chairman Don Crosbie that the club was to be placed into Administration might be interpreted as a case of too much dogma and too little karma.  Already reported to be facing a winding-up petition from HMRC (2) and banned from football activity by the FA (3), he had earlier in […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Stadium | 1 Comment »

The last League club to fold

Posted on January 12, 2010

As things look grim down South (and to a lesser extent to the West), there has been some memory-scratching going on – which was the last League club to fold? I’ve heard this dubious distinction being awarded to Accrington Stanley with respect to Football League clubs.  Stanley resigned from the old Division 4 in March […]

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Posted in History, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

Is football really not ‘dying on its feet?’

Posted on September 25, 2009

Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, in a slight toning down of his attack on the way English football and football clubs are run, has said “Football is a success, nobody is saying it’s dying on its feet” (1). It would be nice to be able to come out in whole-hearted agreement with this prognosis of the […]

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Posted in Costs, Debts, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Organisational culture, Wages | 2 Comments »

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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The FA’s strange sense of priorities

Posted on July 2, 2009

If you were trying to choose the most troubled club of 2008/09, Halesowen Town (aka The Yeltz) of the Southern League Premier Division would be up there among the hot favourites. Back in August 2007 the entire board stood down, with out-going Chairman Nigel Pitt agreeing to fund the club until the following May (1). […]

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Posted in Debts, Governance, Ownership | 1 Comment »