Football Management

Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of! Football Finance


Sites covering broadly the same topics:

  • Responsiball
    Football clubs are more than just businesses; they are cultural institutions.

Legal/financial matters:

  • London Gazette – comprehensive current and historical database of court appearances.  Use the Advanced Search option to find listings for specific clubs.

The UK government has a useful section on debt and  insolvency on its BusinessLink website. This website contains useful guides to Administration, CVAs and pre-packaged Adminstration, but be aware however that it was produced by an insolvency practitioners.

A useful Q&A guide produced when Portsmouth went into Administration can be found here, and BBC Newsbeat offers this guide.


Christian Aid’s Blowing the Whistle: Time’s Up for Financial Secrecy

South Africa’s Institute of Security Studies’ Player and Referee, Conflicting Interests and the 2010 Fifa World Cup

A better way altogether

Wikipedia has a reasonable overview on Supporters Trusts, with links to many individual ones, and also on Industrial and Provident Societies, the legal form of business advocated for them by Supporters Direct.

Another format is the Community Interest Company.  This link describes such companies this: “Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes.”  English football clubs and football organisations adopting this format include:

Bishops Lydeard Association Football Club, Somerset
Canterbury City
Football Club C.I.C., Kent
Chapeltown Football Youth Development Centre
Community Interest Company, West Yorkshire
Eastbourne Borough
Football Club CIC, East Sussex
FC Clacton
CIC, Essex
Hatcham Minority Football Association Community Interest Company, Greater London
Merseyside Independent Junior Football Leagues Community Interest Company
Prescot Cables
Football Club CIC, Merseyside
South Rushden Junior
Football Club Community Interest Company, Northamptonshire
Spirit of Football
Community Interest Company, Bristol
Yo Football Club
Community Interest Company, Norfolk

The first senior British club to adopt this format was Scottish League Division 2’s Stenhousemuir Football Club Community Interest Company, Falkirk.  They have since been joined by Scottish Third Division side Clyde FC. [Many thanks to James Proctor of  Supporters Direct (Scotland) and Neil Stretton for keeping me straight on this Scottish dimension]

The European agenda:

Increasingly the reform agenda is being driven from Europe.

The European Commission has a comprehensive section on sport which is well worth exploring.  Its blueprint for sport, with strong implications for football, can be viewed here (section 4 is particularly relevant to English football).

UEFA has a bafflingly large website.  For management issues, a good starting point is here.  The section on Financial Fair Play is of particular relevance, as are those on the Professional Football Strategy Council, Team Sports and Supporters.  In each case, clicking on ‘More’ in the News box is recommended.

English football governance:

(Links are to the best starting point from a football management perspective)

The Football Association

The Premier League

The Football League

The Conference

The Northern Premier League

The Isthmian League

The Southern League

For links to leagues further down the pyramid, use the remarkably comprehensive The website or the Non-League Paper portal.

Other stakeholder websites:

The Professional Footballers Association

The League Managers Association

The Football Supporters Federation

National Association of Disabled Supporters

The Football Foundation

FIFA Media Releases
For an alternative view of FIFA, see Andrew Jennings’ Transparency in Sport website



Please feel free to notify me of broken links or suggest additions via a Comment.

One Response to “LINKS”

  1. Dear Dr John Beech

    I just made this blog about the football industry. Therefore I thought we could share links:)


    Peter R. Hansen

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