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‘Audacious vision’ at Notts County

Posted on July 31, 2010

Had I just come out of a time warp I thought when I read today (1) that Notts County’s owner Ray Trew has ‘an audacious vision’ for the club? Exactly a year ago today it was reported (2) that Nottingham Rugby had been successful in challenging in court their eviction from Meadow Lane by Notts […]

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More turmoil at Notts County

Posted on February 11, 2010

With the kind of spin which even Peter Ridsdale would be proud, Chairman Peter Trembling has issued the following statement on the Notts County website (1) which begins: “I am delighted to announce that the search for investment into this football club has concluded and last night I signed over my 90% shareholding in the […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Chester City and Notts County

Posted on January 27, 2010

It was adjournments all round for the two clubs who faced winding-up petitions from HMRC in court today. Notts County, supposedly about to receive £5m investement from an as yet unnamed source, got a 28 day extension (1).  HMRC agreed to this, but subject to the fact that in 28 days the hearing will be […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 5 Comments »

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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Posted in Benefactors, Investors, Ownership, Trusts | 4 Comments »

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 Magic of Football – still there in the Cups?

Posted on January 27, 2012

It’s increasingly difficult to see any magic in the beautiful game other than black magic, especially when you look at it from a financial perspective.  You only need to think of the narrow escapes at Plymouth and Wrexham recently, and both Portsmouth and Darlington are standing on the edge of the precipice. The Cups may […]

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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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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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Portsmouth’s continuing purgatory

Posted on July 16, 2010

To no-one’s, I suspect, great surprise, HMRC has waited until the last minute to object to the proposed CVA (1,  2 , and 3). The grounds on which HMRC are appealing are twofold: (a) The interests of HMRC have been or will be unfairly prejudiced by the taking of that decision; and (b) There were […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 15 Comments »

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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Portsmouth’s parlous progress

Posted on May 7, 2010

I guess yesterday was a good day to bury news on, what with the no small matter of a General Election.  It was, by I’m sure complete coincidence, the day of the first meeting between Portsmouth’s Administrators (there mob-handed rather than the usual solo appearance of Andrew Andronikou) and the club’s creditors to discuss a […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 10 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 »

Crawley Town and Farnborough in court today

Posted on March 17, 2010

Court appearances over debts are becoming a bit of a regular Wednesday activity, and it’s a pleasant change to report some positive news. First up this morning were Crawley Town over an unspecified debt to HMRC – case dismissed; the debt had been settled (1).  In fact, at the previous hearing when the club had […]

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Revised HMRC court schedule

Posted on February 19, 2010

With the various adjournments granted and a couple of strikings out (Hinckley and Accrington paid their debts), I thought it might be useful to publish the revised list of when cases are next due in court: 24 February – Notts County 1 March – Portsmouth 3 March – Burscough (‘final’); Cardiff City; Southend United 10 […]

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Folkestone Invicta enter CVA

Posted on February 16, 2010

What with being away and more focussed on clubs such as Portsmouth, Chester and Notts County, I’m afraid I missed an insolvency event on 5th February – Folkestone Invicta, of the Isthmian League Division 1, have opted to enter a CVA (Administration would have been the more drastic alternative) in order to meet debts of […]

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