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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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Preston North End shares suspended

Posted on May 14, 2010

Preston North End is being reported on the ShareCast website thus: AIM-quoted PNE, which is managed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren, has received a winding up petition from HM Revenue and Customs and shares in the Championship football club have been suspended. More here and here. The Lancashie Evening Post is reporting that the […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC | 3 Comments »

Farewell to Preston

Posted on May 9, 2010

Without a great deal of publicity, at the end of April the National Football Museum closed its doors at the Deepdale Stadium in Preston. Anyone wishing to pay an act of homage to the great history and heritage of English football will now have to wait until Autumn of next year when it will reopen […]

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Moving on from ‘SISU OUT’

Posted on August 15, 2014

It was a difficult choice of topic after so many months, but Coventry City is probably the obvious choice for me – I live about a mile from the old Highfield Road ground and could hear the roar on matchdays. By chance, I was turning out last week and came across a copy of the […]

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Posted in Assets, Cashflow, Debts, Football League, Governance, Insolvency, Ownership, Revenues, Stadium, Strategy | 5 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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The trouble with new stadiums 4 (and final)

Posted on August 10, 2010

[See also The trouble with new stadiums 1, which looked at the argument that “We’re a club with ambition and we need more seats to reflect that ambition“, The trouble with new stadiums 2, which looked at the argument that “We’ve got the wrong sort of stadium.  We need one better suited to maximising our […]

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Posted in Assets, Costs, Debts, Stadium | 13 Comments »

On the embargo front

Posted on August 8, 2010

A quick look at clubs and embargoes, not exhaustive, and needing qualification for the particular circumstances of each club, and obviously subject to changing reactions to the lifting of an embargo.  It does however suggest that the impact of a transfer embargo varies enormously, making it a rather blunt instrument as a sanction. Accrington Stanley […]

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Posted in Sanctions, Transfer embargo, Transfers | 2 Comments »

JB’s awards for Season 2009/10

Posted on August 2, 2010

Yes, silly season again, at least, until the Glorious Seventh! SOAP STAR OF THE SEASON AWARD: Some noble efforts this year, but there was no-one in quite the same league as Portsmouth.  As if four owners, Administration and HMRC challenging the CVA in court wasn’t enough, they managed to carry on ‘soaping’ over the summer […]

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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 »

HMRC v. Bradford Park Avenue

Posted on July 5, 2010

Latest club (joining Grays Athletic, Ilkeston Town, Preston North End and Southend United) to receiving a winding-up petition from HMRC is Northern Premier League club Bradford Park Avenue (1).  The club is a resurrection club, having been formed in 1977 following the demise of the eponymous erstwhile Football League club in 1974.  At the time […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Stadium | 3 Comments »

HMRC’s latest activity and other traumas

Posted on July 1, 2010

You keep off the internet for the best part of ten days, come home, and, bingo!  HMRC have been at it again. First they’ve been revisiting some familiar league faces: Grays Athletic The club has been given a stay of execution of 98 (yes, that’s right, 98) days over the undisclosed debt to HMRC debt […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 12 Comments »

Player mobility and Sunday’s semi-final

Posted on April 12, 2010

Deep joy in the Beech household, of course, after the much wished for but more than somewhat unexpected result for Pompey against Spurs.  It was a strange game for other reasons though. There were those familiar ‘Pompey’ faces – Crouch, Defoe and Kranjcar – on the Spurs bench, and although Kaboul was cup-tied he was […]

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Posted in Community, Fans, Identity, Transfers | 3 Comments »

Darwen’s demise and the Premier League

Posted on May 8, 2009

It’s always sad to see a football club fold, but the case of Darwen, which gave up yesterday (1), is a particularly sad one. It is another in a series of significant collapses in the Ribble Valley, arguably the birth place of professional football in England. Famous precursors include the original Accrington and the more […]

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Altrincham thwart Lewes bid to break Darwen record

Posted on April 5, 2009

Recently the minds of anorakies were focused on Arsenal’s bid to topple the long held records of Preston North End (at one time known as the Invincibles) for playing in the League without defeat. Last Saturday they were focused on whether the most unenviable record in English league football – consecutive games without a win […]

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