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Day: January 23, 2012

Four Star Daydream: the Pompey Owner Saga Part 6.

So, Fantasy Football Owner is being played at Pompey yet again. Against a background of a HMRC winding up order for two months unpaid PAYE – a total of £1.6m – the familiar dance of chancers, secret consortia and mad millionaires continues. Yet no serious candidate has emerged. The transfer window advances towards slamming point and all our promising new manager, Mike Appleton, can do is manipulate a-one-in-one-out situation with our expensive but depleted eighteen man squad. The reason? The club is so weighted with debts owed to Balram Chainrai it would have to be sold way beyond its worth to get him out of our orbit. In November, under the usual Pompey circumstances involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, misappropriation, forgery and dodgy involvement with the Russian Mafia, I wrote of the difficulties into which the extradition case against owner Vladimir Antonov had left the club. Essentially the freezing of his assets had sent Pompey’s parent company, Convers Sports’ Initiatives, into administration. This step was forced on the company by Pompey’s previous owner, Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai, placing a charge on them. This was consequent on CSI’s failure to pay Chainrai the first instalment for the purchase of the club and their clear inability to do so without Antonov’s money – CSI being funded in its various activities by the private fortunes of its owners, largely Antonov...

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Is The Tide Beginning To Turn At Leeds United?

We have noted before on this site that football supporters can be considerably more patient than we are ever given credit for. Indeed, some might even say that we are too patient. In recent years, we have put up with increasing ticket prices, the desecration of the atmosphere inside grounds and policing methods that would raise an eyebrow were they to be practiced in a totalitarian state. It is also worth remembering, however, that everyone has a tipping point, a moment at which a penny seems to collectively drop amongst a support base which triggers feelings that may have been suppressed or ignored for a considerable period of time. That moment may just have come for the supporters of Leeds United. The Yorkshire club has had to tolerate the ownership of Ken Bates for four and half years now, at least. Bates’ hard-headed policy of pushing ticket prices through the roof, using official club media for baseless attacks on those that he deems to be his “opponents” and labelling those amongst his club’s own support that oppose his methods with language that goes beyond being merely derogatory and into the realms of merely being abusive. Set against this, the decision to sell club captain Jon Howson to Norwich City may seem, from the outside, to be relatively small beer. Howson, however, more than merely the club captain at Leeds United. Born...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 22/01/2012

We have five matches for you this evening, from the Blue Square Premier to Division One Central of the Southern League, and finishing off with the Premier Division of the Super League in Scotland. First up is a match that we have already mentioned on this site today, the Blue Square Premier match between Wrexham and Kettering Town. Next up, we’re staying in the Blue Square Premier with the match between AFC Telford United and Cambridge United. Following this is a match from the FA Vase, with Kent club Herne Bay facing an arduous trip north to play Newcastle Benfield. Our fourth match is from the Southern League, and is between Bedfont Town and Barton Rovers, and finally we’re off to Scotland for the match between Petershill and Clydebank. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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