Day: May 15, 2012

George Rolls At Kettering: Advisor Or Shadow Director?

In the end, Kettering Town’s wretched season ended with a whimper rather than a bang. They finished the season with just thirty points, rooted to the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier, and under the same ownership with which they began the season – albeit under the apparent control of a new “acting chairman” – and with the future of the club hanging in the balance to the same extent as it has been for much of the last nine months. Yet the summer months can bring shark-infested waters for football clubs that have been flying by the seat of their pants throughout the season. Season ticket sales may provide some liquidity and many part-time clubs will at least have the relative breathing space of not having to pay any wages for a few weeks. Some financial liabilities, however, remain ongoing all year round and if season ticket sales prove sluggish, a critical source of income may be lost for another year. Much of this may be playing on the mind of George Rolls this week. Rolls is always careful with his words. As recently as the middle of February, he was telling the Dorset Echo that those concerned that he was set to leave Weymouth FC that “Unfortunately, some people make things up and put two and two together and don’t always come up with four”, the...

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100 Owners: No.99 – Stan Flashman (Barnet)

There was always something inherently contradictory about Stan Flashman. He is, perhaps, best remembered as the “King Of The Touts” (often with the prefix “Self-Styled” attached to it), but when he craved respectability he would rebrand himself as a “Ticket Broker.” Ultimately, though, he himself stated that he didn’t care what he was called as long as the money was right. As the owner of Barnet Football Club, he was at first the man that saved a club that had been sinking into a quicksand of doldrums over the years prior to his arrival at the club. He would also, however, go on to become the man that nearly killed the club after it had achieved its holy grail of arriving in the Football League for the first time. In the mid-1980s, many of the crises that afflicted the top end of professional football were mirrored in miniature in the non-league game. Hooliganism had become a risk and crowds were down. The formation of the Alliance Premier League in 1979 had been with intention of unifying the top of the non-league game with the aim of securing an automatic promotion and relegation place with the Football League. It’s early years, however, had only been a mixed success. Crowds had fallen as elsewhere and the league itself seemed overly concerned with gimmicks, such as introducing a “no offside from free kicks”...

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