Day: October 3, 2011

Is A Battle For Stamford Bridge About To Begin?

It hasn’t always been about the Champions League and domestic doubles for Chelsea Football Club. The club’s saga over its ownership of Stamford Bridge was – at a time during which it had nothing like the status that it has today – one of the ongoing crisis stories of the 1980s, but the club was (after the collapse of Marler Estates in 1992) reunited with the freehold to the ground and subsequently set up the Chelsea Pitch Owners, a non-profit organisation which took ownership of this freehold and the name of the club, and granted it a 199-year lease on Stamford Bridge, which secured the club’s future even though the ground stands on one of the more sought-after areas of London – a city that has seen a fair few football grounds disappear in the name of property development in recent years. Chelsea Football Club is, however, a long way from where it was in 1993, when CPO was formed. Manchester United and Arsenal have already expanded their grounds in order to reap the benefits of increased match-day revenue, and Tottenham Hotspur are edging towards the same position with their slow (and, it should probably be added, often reluctant looking) movement towards the Northumberland Park Development. As such, in terms of match-day revenue, Chelsea may have room for improvement – a decade and a half ago, say, the 41,800...

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A Bumpy Start To The Season For Nottingham Forest

With fifteen minutes to play at The City Ground yesterday afternoon, Nottingham Forest were leading Birmingham City by a single goal and, while it hadn’t been a vintage performance by any stretch of the imagination, it seemed as though this time Steve McClaren’s team would, at the fifth attempt, register their first home league win of the season at the fifth attempt. It only took thirteen minutes for the mirage to disappear, and three Birmingham goals in the last quarter of an hour of the match were enough to do for Nottingham Forest’s afternoon, Steve McClaren and, in a double-whammy which really sets this particular managerial departure apart from most, Nigel Doughty as the chairman of the club. The result left Nottingham Forest tottering a single place and a single point above the relegation places in the Championship, and with supporters protesting in and around the ground at the end of the match, the rumours didn’t take long to start circulating that McClaren wasn’t long for the world. The resignation of Doughty was arguably more of a surprise, though, and all the more so for admission that the appointment of McClaren being a misjudgement. He has been the chairman of the club for the last ten years and remains its main financial benefactor but, while the official line remains that he will continue to support the club financially, there...

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