Day: May 24, 2012

George Rolls, Kettering Town & The Morals Of Insolvency

One of the great conceits of recent years in terms of the way that football clubs are run has been that there is a greater degree of transparency in the way that football clubs are run. There are examples of transparency within the game which are extremely impressive – consider, for example, the decision of Lewes FC of the Ryman League Premier Division to publish their annual accounts online – but, on the whole, this new air of openness often feels like little more than a veneer of democracy in action while business carries on very much as usual otherwise. Clubs continue to live beyond their means, make bafflingly bad business decisions and then walk away from the all too predictable results of their mismanagement, whilst shaking their heads and muttering, “But what else could we do?”, as if their behaviour as businesses is as natural and inevitable as the passing of the four seasons. So it was that last night, for the second year in a row, the supporters of Kettering Town found themselves in a public meeting after the final whistle had blown on their season. Last year, Imraan Ladak was polling supporters over whether the club should leave its Rockingham Road home and decamp eight miles away to Nene Park, the former home of the late Rushden & Diamonds FC. The results of that evening became...

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Euro Moments: Greece

Euro Moments continues today courtesy of Dotmund and the 2004 European Champions. Twitter: Dotmund / Twohundredpercent And don’t forget you can download Twohundredpercent’s retro interactive Euro 2012 spreadsheet...

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100 Owners: No.97 – Graham White (Colne Dynamoes)

We have, in recent years, become rather too accustomed to a boom and bust culture in football, particularly at clubs in the lower divisions. Few clubs, however, have ever boomed and busted with the speed of Colne Dynamoes, and it is the man that was responsible for this, Graham White, who takes the number ninety-seven position on our list. Dynamoes filled almost every stereotype that we have come to expect from this genre of club, but they did it more lavishly than any other. There was, however, one small problem with the money that was poured into a former Sunday League club from a tiny town in East Lancashire. None of it was spent on the boring stuff – the infrastructure required to ensure that a club can propel its way up through the divisions of the non-league pyramid. Rather than this, White blew money on wages, wages and more wages, and when the inconvenience of ground-grading raised what should have been an easily predictable problem, he pulled the plug and the club went down the drain. White himself had founded the club in 1963 for himself and some old school-friends. For the first two decades of its existence, it bounced inconsequentially around the amateur leagues in Lancashire but in 1982 it became one of the founder members of the North West Counties League. The club was promoted from...

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