Day: November 10, 2010

The Return Of Stephen Vaughan? Wrexham Beware.

He’s back, and it’s almost if he never went away. The return of Stephen Vaughan onto our radar would be funny, if it weren’t for the fact that his involvement in anything to do with football (or, indeed, rugby league) wasn’t such a portent of doom for those likely to be on the receiving end of him. Vaughan has pitched up for an interview with the Chester Leader, stating that he is part of a consortium that is planning to purchase Blue Square Premier club Wrexham. Vaughan was barred from acting as a company director this time last year after being admitting to carousel fraud (a type of VAT fraud), but he seems to be of the opinion that this will not be an issue because “I would be involved strictly as an investor and would have no part in the day-to-day running of the club”. It is, of course, worth taking a moment to consider Vaughan’s recent in history in the game. He resigned his position at Barrow AFC in 1998 after an HMRC investigation into money laundering at the club, but this didn’t stop Barrow being liquidated in January of 1999 and the club being demoted from the Football Conference at the end of the 1998/99 season. It later transpired that Vaughan had unlawfully transferred the ownership of the club’s Holker Street ground into that of his...

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Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Dilemma

No-one would have predicted this twenty years ago, but there is a possibility that in ten years time – or maybe less – Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Chelsea will all be playing at different grounds to those that they inhabited for the overwhelming majority of the twentieth century. Arsenal are already settling into the Emirates Stadium (although a couple of results this season might suggest that even now they might not necessarily have unpacked all of their metaphorical boxes), whilst Spurs and West Ham are involved in something of a tussle over the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, which is all the more odd when we consider that Spurs are still pursuing the exotically-named Naming Rights Stadium, on the site of their current White Hart Lane home. The latest London name to be talked of in terms of moving ground in London is Chelsea. In some respects, it has been surprising that the club hasn’t seriously linked with leaving Stamford Bridge before. The redevelopment of the ground began in the early 1990s, while Chelsea’s domestic stock was a good deal lower than it is now. The arrival of Roman Abramovich changed that, but Stamford Bridge has changed little over the last few years. Its capacity is still just shy of 42,000 (which compares unfavourably with The Emirates Stadium, as well as with the projected capacities for the...

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