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HMRC v. Rochdale

Posted on September 24, 2009

Rochdale is the latest club to be served with a winding-up order by HMRC (1).  Of all the reassuring words from the club, perhaps ‘it is business as usual at Spotland Stadium‘ that are the most worrying, given that cashflow problems are blamed as the cause of this action. Back in April 2007 they faced […]

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HMRC on the warpath big time

Posted on January 5, 2010

There is increasing evidence that HMRC are adopting a much more aggressive, and thereby less tolerant, policy towards football clubs, which is hardly surprising in the circumstances. Back in July they served a winding-up petition on King’s Lynn, to add to the serious problems the club was already facing, including enforced demotion (see postings passim […]

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Oldham (v. Spurs?!)

Posted on November 10, 2009

When I blogged on Parallel Realities and Worcester City recently, contrasting the board’s full-blown optimism in pursuing a new stadium with the harsh reality of the club’s financial situation, I cited other examples – Portsmouth, Southend and, most notably, Darlington.  I might also have cited the case of Oldham, a particularly interesting case, as it […]

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Rotherham’s rubbish

Posted on September 5, 2009

Or, to be more accurate, U2 fans’ rubbish. Yes, before you start flaming me, the apostrophe of the headline marks a Saxon genitive rather than a contraction. Well, if an academic can’t enjoy a little academic joke on his blog… But I should not josh – this is no laughing matter. This posting is about […]

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Posted in Health & Safety, Stadium | 1 Comment »


Posted on July 9, 2009

I love stadiums, Victorian (Archie Leitch – what a hero!) or ultra-modern. I love them as buildings, as examples of grand architecture. But I am unsentimental about them otherwise – I do not share the typical British view that they can and must only be associated with one club. As someone who who works in […]

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Progress at Darlington?

Posted on May 21, 2009

In a surprise turn of events, Darlington have announced plans to come out of Administration at an unspecified time “in the next couple of months”. It should be noted that the statement comes from the club rather than directly from Dave Clark of Brackenbury Clark & Co, the Administrator (1). The surprise is in the […]

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