100 Owners

Possibly our most successful (and least completed – more on this to follow) was 100 Owners, which took one hundred football club owners and arranged them in no particular order, from the very birth of the game right the way through to the modern era.

100 Owners: Number 74 – The Three Amigos (Derby County)

It is now almost eleven years since ITV Digital collapsed into administration, dragging the clubs of the Football League into a mass financial crisis which took years for its clubs to recover from. When it collapsed in May 2002, the television company owed the...

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100 Owners: Number 75 – Graham Westley (Farnborough Town)

There are few people in lower division football for whom more vituperation is reserved than Graham Westley. The Preston North End manager has a reputation for management-speak and self-aggrandisement that is well known, but such character flaws are hardly unfamiliar...

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100 Owners: Number 78 – Robert Chase (Norwich City)

It takes, it might be argued, a special type of football club chairman to persuade the supporters of Norwich City to violent demonstration. In the first months of 1996, however, one man managed to achieve this, and that man's name was Robert Chase. A local builder,...

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100 Owners: Number 84 – Geoffrey Richmond (Bradford City)

It can be astonishing how quickly fortunes, both in business and in football, can be lost. Reputations can be won or lost in what seems like the blink of an eye, with adulation turning to derision on the basis of the slimmest of margins. Bradford City, throughout the...

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100 Owners: Number 85 – Brian Hillier (Swindon Town)

Whiter than white though some might claim it to be, the history of football in England is pock-marked with attempts to bend the rules as set out by the Football Association. The punishments meted out to these clubs have been many and varied, but it could be argued...

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100 Owners: Number 86 – Douglas Craig (York City)

In May, York City beat Luton Town by two goals to one in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final at Wembley Stadium, ending an eight year long stay in non-league football and the the return of League football to one of the English games more idiosyncratic venues,...

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100 Owners: Number 87 – Louis Edwards (Manchester United)

It has, in recent years, become standard for some Manchester United supporters to sing songs regarding the death of Malcolm Glazer. The owner of the club inspires such extreme emotions amongst the clubs fan-base that it is possible to think that him and his family are...

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100 Owners: Number 88 – Tony Lazarou (Enfield FC )

In November of last year, a non-league football club made its first appearance at its new home ground. This in itself is nothing truly remarkable. After all, football clubs relocating has been a common enough sight over the last quarter of a century or so. For this...

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100 Owners: Number 89 – Terry Smith (Chester City)

There are several clubs which will turn up more than once on this list, and one of those is Chester City FC. The story of this particular clubs last twenty years is one that could fill a book on its own, but its demise can largely be traced to the activities of three...

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100 Owners: Number 91 – Michael Knighton (Carlisle United)

At opposite ends of the Football League, he was involved in events which bookended the 1990s, and his failure to take control of one of the biggest football clubs in the world remains one of the great "what if" questions of that last couple of years before the...

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100 Owners: Number 92 – Doug Ellis (Aston Villa)

If you ask the question of why the best-supported club in Englands second biggest city have managed just one English championship in the last one hundred and two years, there is a chance that some - if not many - Aston Villa supporters will have a ready-made answer:...

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100 Owners: Number 93 – Bill Hiddelston (Third Lanark)

There is a curious paradox at the heart of the dynamic of a football club which always seems likely to attract a certain type of undesirable to the game. In terms of their financial position, most clubs live a hand to mouth existence, but many sit on one asset which...

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100 Owners: Number 94 – Mazhar Majeed (Croydon Athletic)

It is very seldom that a non-league football club makes the headlines of a national newspaper for any reason other than a surprise result in the FA Cup, but at the start of the 2010/11 season exactly this happened to Croydon Athletic of the Ryman League Premier...

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