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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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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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Some stadium snippets

Posted on April 22, 2011

Mainly, but not exclusively, bad news from various clubs at various levels in the pyramid: Bradford City  (L2; population 294,000; nearest higher Level club Leeds United 10 miles [city centre to city centre, not stadium to stadium]) Younger readers may be forgiven for not knowing that Bradford City was home to Premier League football, albeit […]

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Manchester City’s aspirations of global hegemony?

Posted on December 14, 2010

Manchester City are the latest addition to a strategic alliance of football clubs across the world which Atlético Madrid have been building. Atlético’s international agreements go back as far as November 2009, when they started to collaborate with Shanghai Shenhua of China (1).  Collaboration was essentially sporting, with the use of player loans to gain playing […]

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HMRC in court today

Posted on September 8, 2010

The battle continues, with two clubs due to face winding-up petitions: Ilkeston Town Ilkeston Town have been wound-up (1) over a tax debt of £50,000.  The club had argued that it could make a payment of £20,000 shortly as the result of the sale of a player and offered to clear the outstanding debt at […]

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The times they are a-changin’ 3

Posted on April 21, 2010

The relationship between politicians and football governance has never been a legendary affair – it’s probably best described as at best ‘casual and flirtatious’ rather than ‘deep and meaningful’. True we have seen the major changes brought about by the Taylor Report (1), which came not just in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster but […]

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Maradona injured

Posted on March 30, 2010

According to a report in the New York Times (1), Maradona has had to undergo surgery after his dog bit him in the face. The report describes him as ‘not seriously hurt’, so I trust I can be forgiven for commenting that this is surely a case of The Mouth of Dog avenging The Hand […]

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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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Northwich Victoria: A cautionary tale

Posted on November 8, 2009

To apply the term ‘troubled’ to transfer-embargoed and ‘in Administration but without a CVA yet’ Northwich Victoria would be something of an understatement.  Even today’s televised win against Charlton in the first round of the FA Cup (1) will do little to help their present predicament (see postings passim). Briefly in Football League Division 2 […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Broadcasting rights, Debts, Football Association, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership, Points deduction, Stadium | 1 Comment »

Farsley Celtic 1 : HMRC 2 L

Posted on June 28, 2009

Farsley Celtic are in deep, deep trouble, for reasons which I partly sympathise with, but which are partly of their own making. The glory years for Celtic have been very recent – promotions in 2004, 2006 and 2007 under Lee Sinnott, who then moved onwards and upwards to Port Vale (1). Suffering from Gretna Syndrome, […]

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A bursting bubble?

Posted on April 20, 2009

Almost since the Premier League first sold its broadcasting rights and started on a seemingly unstoppable upward spiral, sports management academics have debated when the bubble was going to burst. Over the years the debate has become less fruitful, and less frequently aired. North of the border it could just be that the bubble is […]

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Posted on April 17, 2009

Sites covering broadly the same topics: Andersred Blog because football’s a Results Based Business Changing Scottish Football A blog from Supporters Direct Scotland, so much the same topics except in Scottish football futebolfinance English version of Portugal-based website Pitch Invasion Responsiball “Football clubs are more than just businesses; they are cultural institutions.“ Scaryfootball/finances Soccernomics The […]

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