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Stockport County protest

Posted on December 16, 2009

Back in July I blogged on A Forgotten Cost – the cost of having an Administrator, which either have to be added to a club’s debts or paid by a new owner. In particular I noted that football was providing an inordinate amount of business to insolvency practitioners, and that Begbies Traynor had just reported […]

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Posted in Costs, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

Darlington and Stockport County

Posted on May 7, 2009

The lot of an Administrator is not one I envy. The primary responsibility of an Administrator is to the company’s debtors, with a proviso that that he/she should try to maintain the company as a going concern, which would normally mean its sale. In other words, the stakeholders whose interests are being protected are primarily […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 1 Comment »

Stockport County

Posted on May 1, 2009

Stockport County announced yesterday afternoon that they had been placed in Administration, a move which apparently came as a shock to the Board but perhaps less of a surprise to observers (1). One significant difference from the recent cases of Darlington and Southampton Holdings is that the club did not initiate the move – it […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Ownership | 1 Comment »

The stadium curse

Posted on December 3, 2012

The topics of the stadium which has become separated from its club in ownership terms, and the mixed blessing that a new stadium can bring, are ones that I have covered in previous postings (see postings passim). The battle over Fratton Park is shortly to be resolved in court (1).  The twisted history of Portsmouth’s […]

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Posted in Assets, Investors, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 7 Comments »

Round-up of Season 2011/12

Posted on September 8, 2012

The 2011/12 season has been characterised by long-running sagas.  Normally I find myself in an annual review recounting a series of relatively self-contained accounts of the woes which have beset a number of clubs, but many of those listed below are far from resolved scenarios. The selection is not systematic – it consists of the […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Resurrection, Trusts | Leave a Comment »

The Tax Man cometh…

Posted on February 23, 2012

There can be no doubt that the abbreviation HMRC is one which has hit pretty well every football fan’s radar screen recently.  There have been the two big Administrations at Portsmouth and Rangers.  Bubbling away in the background is not only the issue of whether clubs’ use of Employment Benefit Trusts constitutes tax evasion (and […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 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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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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The very strange case of Swindon Town

Posted on June 5, 2010

Swindon and Salisbury lie rough forty miles apart, so it is quite possible that a Salisbury City fan may have picked up the latest copy of The Swindon Advertiser and read this intriguing report, entitled ‘Town’s CVA finally signed off‘. Quite what their reaction was I hesitate to guess.  They must surely have looked to […]

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Posted in Debts, Football Association, Football League, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

The Top 91 Clubs?

Posted on May 29, 2010

The uncertainty and overall shambles characterising the allocation of clubs next season in the Non-League divisions (see Appendix E: Tough Love for Salisbury City?) is in danger of spreading to the Football League. Grimsby Town, together with Darlington, occupied the two bottom slots of League 2 at the end of the season just gone, and […]

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Posted in Football League, Governance, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 2 Comments »

Ups and Downs 1

Posted on April 7, 2010

Like virtually every football fan, there is really only one football result each week that matters to me personally – I have to know it almost as the whistle blows (thankfully possible in the age that we live in).  The rest I could easily wait to read in the Sunday papers. With my particular perspective […]

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Posted in Promotion, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 6 Comments »

Meanwhile, beyond Fratton Park…

Posted on March 7, 2010

… and whichever City bar (that’s ‘City’ as in ‘City of London’) that the Red Knights hang out in,  there’s plenty happening, or not happening, worthy of comment. Cardiff City and Southend United are both due back in court against an increasingly confrontational HMRC.  Spinmeister Peter Ridsdale has gone unusually quiet – how he survived […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Ethics, HMRC, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 8 Comments »

A good news story?

Posted on January 11, 2010

I don’t suppose, if I’m honest, that this a blog you would rush to in order to read ‘good news’ stories, packed with fluffy tales of people being, erm, nice. From Crawley Town, a club which has been through a fairly crazy time financially in the last few years, comes a story which warms the […]

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Posted in Human Resource Management, Organisational culture, Wages | 1 Comment »

Call me Stanley Cynical, but…

Posted on December 13, 2009

There is nothing that quite winds up [oops!  better change that that to ‘rattles the cage of’ to avoid ambiguity in the current financial low] club owners and directors than the thought that a rival club is being inadequately punished.  Witness for example the stone throwing from a glass house of Hereford United’s Graham Turner […]

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Posted in Ethics, Insolvency, Sanctions, Transfer embargo | 1 Comment »

Pack Up Pompey?

Posted on December 10, 2009

Well, according to the club itself in a statement issued this morning, “The club is not going into administration. If that were the case it would have happened at the end of September or early October. This week alone, HM Revenue and Customs were paid £2m and other historical arrears are being dealt with on […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Marketing, Public relations | 1 Comment »