Day: July 29, 2010

Westward Ho! Are There Choppy Waters Ahead For Plymouth Argyle?

If you believed the hype which surrounded the club over the previous two close seasons, the big surprise about Japan’s relatively successful World Cup squad was the lack of Plymouth Argyle players in it. If you believe the hype now, Plymouth’s Home Park ground – or at least the Home Park ground on which they play their matches – will be a multi-purpose 45,000 capacity all-singing, all-dancing bringer of peace (and Sir Elton John concerts) to all nations by 2018. Oh, and the team will be in the Premier League in four-and-a-bit years. The reality, however, is threatening to become yet another one of over-ambition and troublesome debt management. Recent annual accounts have shown million-pound losses. The club’s ground is no longer their own. Their major shareholder’s track record in football and attendance record at matches and board meetings could be overstated on a blank sheet of A4 paper. And, as something of a postscript, they are in League One with…Peter Reid as manager. The club web-site’s announcement of this year’s Annual General Meeting laid bare the priorities which the current board of directors has. There were details of a share offer designed to raise £2million to facilitate “capitalisation of current indebtedness.” These were surrounded by details of proposals to sell Plymouth’s Home Park ground to a “stand-alone property company,” to “enhance the ability to finance the future stadium...

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Mungo 2010/11 – New Faces, part 2

Preparations for the new football season gather more pace with every passing day.  As this particular passing day happens to be a Thursday, we are once again able to bring you news of another new player in the Heart of Clachmaninshire team for the coming season. Mungo is brought to you, as always, by Dotmund – who assures us that the proper strip will be starting up again “in a week or two”.  So, there’s something almost concrete to look forward to. Click the picture for...

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