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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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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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Tears before bedtime at Plymouth?

Posted on May 26, 2011

The announcement that Peter Ridsdale is expected to become the new owner of Plymouth Argyle (1) at a purchase price of £1 seems to have come as no surprise to anyone other than the Spinmeister himself apparently.  He says “This is not a transaction that I sought or contemplated but, if it is the only […]

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The trouble with new stadiums 1

Posted on June 27, 2010

You may have noticed – I am not a fan of the new stadium.  At the Supporters Direct Conference I spoke briefly about ‘the myth of the new stadium’, and over a couple of postings I’ll  elaborate on why I don’t, in general, rate them. Broadly, there are three lines of argument that are trotted […]

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Are we going stark stadium bonkers?

Posted on April 2, 2010

How often have clubs fallen into the ‘cargo cult’ trap of believing that a new stadium with a greater capacity is the answer to their financial problems, only to find that it has increased their financial problems and has somehow failed to deliver as ‘fan bait’?  Think Darlington as the most obvious example.  Think Coventry […]

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Dear Santa ;-)

Posted on December 24, 2009

I was going to ask for a ban as a director for John Batchelor, but it seems you have just delivered this! In no particular order then, this is what I’d really like for Christmas as well: For King’s Lynn, a brand spanking new football club run by the Supporters Trust For Accrington Stanley fans, […]

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Watford’s woes

Posted on December 16, 2009

As I write, the danger of having to seek Administration is imminent. The immediate cause of this possibility lies with the resignation of Jimmy and Vince Russo, together with Robin Williams, from the board of the parent company, Watford Leisure (1).  As a result, trading of shares on the AIM has been suspended, a precaution […]

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What’s happening at Millmoor?

Posted on August 7, 2009

Does any blog-reader know what is happening at Rotherham United’s traditional home, Millmoor? Is it just standing abandoned, failing to generate any revenue? Has it drifted into the pre-owned ferrous metals business of its owners? Although I ask this partly out of idle curiosity, it does interest me to know what you would do with […]

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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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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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Double blow for Charlton

Posted on April 19, 2009

Charlton Athletic have been relegated (1). This further relegation for a club which was in the Premier League as recently as 2007 places then in the company of Barnsley, Bradford City, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon and Wimbledon. Southampton are currently candidates for inclusion on the […]

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Luton Town and an unfair disadvantage

Posted on April 14, 2009

The 2008/09 season in Division 2 will not be one that the Football League will look back on with pride. The League has struggled to deter clubs from going into Administration by imposing points deductions. This demonstrably has not worked. At the season start three clubs, Bournemouth, Luton and Rotherham, began with a total of […]

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Posted in Governance, Insolvency | 2 Comments »