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Round-up of insolvency events 2010/11

Posted on August 27, 2011

Things looked slightly better than in the previous season in simple terms of the number of insolvency events I have logged – ten events involving nine clubs, compared to twelve events each at a different club in the previous season – although there were still some large clubs involved.  In 2009/10 we had seen Crystal […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Ownership, Resurrection | Leave a Comment »

Just how slow can a car crash be?

Posted on July 3, 2011

On Tuesday we were told that the long-running Plymouth Argyle saga was on the verge of taking a significant turn according to Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle: “at a meeting with the preferred bidder held today, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, the terms of a formal sale and purchase agreement were agreed by both parties” (1).  These terms […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football League, Governance, Ownership, Stadium | 5 Comments »

The Spinmeister in a spin too far?

Posted on May 15, 2011

Peter Ridsdale faces charges of two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and another under the Fraud Act 2006, brought against him by Cardiff Council’s Trading Standards department (1).  These are: “Being knowingly or recklessly engaged in a commercial practice which contravenes the requirements of professional diligence under Regulation 33a of […]

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Posted in Ethics | 3 Comments »

The points deduction lottery

Posted on May 13, 2011

As we move towards the end of the season and the state of ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ begins to harden, I am, as usual (here are my earlier findings on this topic), looking more closely at how the deduction of points impacts on the particular clubs who are promoted or, more typically, relegated. The impact (or […]

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Posted in Ethics, Governance, Points deduction, Sanctions | 6 Comments »

Crisis and confusion at Coventry City

Posted on April 6, 2011

Since the end of January there have been various changes in the membership of the Coventry City Board, then we saw the sacking of Aidy Boothroyd, the tenth sacking of a Coventry City manager in the last decade (1).  Saturday’s three points against Watford brought at least some cheer to City’s fans, and the fear […]

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Posted in Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

When a club is at its most vulnerable

Posted on March 27, 2011

A week can be a long time in football, but, having been out of the country for a week, working in the Tirol, I find it quite surprising in some ways how little has happened, or, to be more precise, resolved itself.  Two ‘sagas’ which have been on my radar screens for several weeks have […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Governance | 10 Comments »

Onward and upward at Portsmouth?

Posted on March 5, 2011

As Plymouth Argyle fans come to terms with their club being in Administration, they can look along the South coast to Portsmouth to see that things can get better.  On Thursday UHY Hacker Young, Pompey’s Administrators announced “the completion of the Club’s Company Voluntary Arrangement and exit from Administration on 24 February 2011.  On 10 […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 3 Comments »

Argyle directors finally admit defeat

Posted on March 4, 2011

The desperate rearguard fight by the Plymouth Argyle board to keep their control on trading has finally ended with the club going into Administration (1) and (2).  They had already declared their ‘Intention to enter Administration’ (3), which attracted a 10 points deduction this season and the virtual certainty of relegation. The reason they gave […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 3 Comments »

A fish rots from the head down

Posted on February 4, 2011

Watching the transfer window lurch to its conclusion has not been an edifying experience – I didn’t have high expectations mind you, and my thoughts were possibly coloured by the constantly breaking internet connection at the hotel in Central Europe where I am staying. Certainly I was slightly surprised to read last Friday, from my […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Premier League, Resurrection, Transfers, UEFA | 7 Comments »

The joy that was, and may yet again be, the Abbey Stadium

Posted on January 18, 2011

Perhaps not the obvious stadium to refer to as a ‘joy’, but it has a special place in my personal history.  My very first football-related memory is of being driven along the Newmarket Road as a child aged about 4 years and suddenly catching sight of this enticing building.  Yes, it was oddly enticing.  Frequent […]

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Posted in Assets, Benefactors, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 6 Comments »

Green Army to the rescue

Posted on December 22, 2010

It’s a shameful state of affairs when a business can’t even pay its lower-paid workers on time at Christmas.  All the more shaming that its customers should step forward to the rescue.  That may not be an analysis that immediately occurs to a football fan, but that is precisely what has happened at Plymouth Argyle […]

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Posted in Fans, Human Resource Management | 2 Comments »

HMRC’s Christmas party

Posted on December 20, 2010

I’m guessing that there will be dancing in the corridors at HMRC’s office party this Christmas.  They’ve had a good run in the courts over the last month against various football clubs.  So far this run has not included a single outcome of the club going into Administration (the last case was Dundee in October; […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Stadium | 4 Comments »

Jack Frost and the threat to club finances

Posted on December 9, 2010

Last Saturday’s football programme was considerably more than decimated (1, and then follow the ‘see also’ too), at least to a language purist.  Although the Premier League and Championship programmes were largely maintained, very little football was played lower in the pyramid.  The impact of this financially should not be underestimated. Even though games will […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Debts, HMRC | 6 Comments »

The Portsmouth verdict…

Posted on August 6, 2010

… or the Great Escape thanks to an own goal. As a Pompey fan, not surprisingly my first reaction to the verdict of Mr Justice Mann was one of relief, a feeling no doubt shared by all Pompey fans, and especially by those members of the club’s non-playing staff for whom the threat of further […]

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Posted in Debts, Football League, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Law, Premier League | 9 Comments »

More stadium madness

Posted on April 30, 2010

Last week I blogged on the unrealistic plans for new stadiums in Plymouth and Bristol in connection with England’s 2018 bid (Are we going stark stadium bonkers?). This approach is certainly not confined to England, and an interesting example can be found in Qatar, bidding for the 2022 World Cup (1).  This particular article, citing […]

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Posted in Costs, Stadium | 4 Comments »