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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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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 »

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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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 »

Parallel realities and Worcester City

Posted on November 3, 2009

As I update my club files daily, I often wonder whether the news items refer to one club, or to two, existing in quite different realities.  The stadium project is often the prompt for such thoughts. I’ve written on the last forty years of Portsmouth’s plans for a new stadium, now on at least their […]

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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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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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A ‘win-win’ at Livi? Well, perhaps

Posted on September 11, 2009

As my e-forays North of the border are rare, I hadn’t expected to be blogging on Livingston for the second time in three days.  But a development between the club and the Supporters Trust warrants comment. Livingston are facing an uphill battle (1), and one in which they are currently fighting from a position of […]

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Insolvency round-up

Posted on September 6, 2009

As the first Administration of the season has just happened, it’s worth a quick review of the clubs in trouble. So, in alphabetical order: Accrington Stanley Stanley seem to be operating in another world, a rose-tinted one which is somewhat divorced from the real one. Faced with dwindling gates, the collapse of their sponsor and […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 4 Comments »

Pragmatic solutions need to be solutions

Posted on August 18, 2009

I’m generally a fan of pragmatic solutions. Probably this is a result of being an academic – university regulations tend to be riddled with the magic words ‘normally’ and ‘in exceptional circumstances’, er, normally. This allows for some flexibility to produce the ‘right’ solution in unusual circumstances. The point though is that such applications, which […]

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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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HMRC’s increasingly active season

Posted on July 15, 2009

Taking the season as beginning on 1 August 2008, HMRC have petitioned courts for winding up orders against the following clubs (dates refer to publication in The London Gazette): 7 August – Merthyr Tydfil 17 September – Margate 8 January – Fisher Athletic 15 January – Northwich Victoria 23 April – Merthyr Tydfil 7 May […]

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Yeltz in even deeper trouble?

Posted on July 9, 2009

A week ago I commented on the apparently harsh action the FA was taking against Halesowen Town of the Southern League Premier Division (1). Now, with echoes of recent events at Merthyr Tydfil (2), it is reported that the Supporters Trust is threatening to force the club into Administration as they understand debt levels are […]

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Subbing the club or the owner?

Posted on July 7, 2009

In a comment to a posting yesterday (1) I referred to what I call ‘subbing the club’. At Aldershot Town fans have set up a player fund to aid the club (2) and have raised £40,000, which manager Gary Waddock has available to spend as he likes on transfer fees or wages. At Stafford Rangers […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Fans, Insolvency, Trusts | 2 Comments »