Day: October 5, 2012

When A Chairman Isn’t A Chairman: Part Three Of The Riddler Trilogy

If the Insolvency Service (IS) had wanted to really punish Preston North End “chairman of football” Peter Ridsdale for his recently-revealed derelictions of directorship duties, they would not have stopped at barring him from holding company directorships for seven-and-a-half-years. They would surely have barred him from any personal PR-activities. No setpiece interviews by compliant journalists about how Leeds United wasn’t his fault, or how he ‘saved’ Barnsley and Plymouth Argyle (and CERTAINLY nothing about any five-figure monthly salary he might or might not have been paid at Plymouth while Argyle office staff went unpaid). In fact, if the IS had banned Ridsdale talking about himself in any conceivably public forum, it would guarantee that Ridsdale would not be a naughty financial boy again. Ridsdale was this week found by “Company Investigations North, part of the IS” to have “acted improperly and in breach of his duties” as a “director of WH Sports Group Ltd.”, WHSG was his “football consultancy firm” which went pop in April 2009, during his particularly fraught time as Cardiff City chairman. This is financial law euphemism for Ridsdale trousering WHSG’s money. The Manchester-based branch of the IS found that Ridsdale “caused” (!) £347,000 of WHSG’s money to end up in “personal bank accounts in his own name” between May 2007 and April 2009. The money was “for services provided to a football club” and was...

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Match Of The Past: Leicester City

We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with Leicester City, and six matches from the years between 1947 and 1992. Our first match is from the 1947 FA Cup, and sees Leicester travel to a snowbound St James Park for an FA Cup Fifth Round match against Newcastle United. The second match, meanwhile, comes from the 1964/65 season, and features a trip to Devon to play Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in the semi-final of the League Cup. Third up is something of a curio, the 1971 Charity Shield match against Liverpool. Arsenal had won the league and FA Cup double the year before but pre-season commitments elsewhere meant that they were unable to play in this match, so Leicester were invited as the champions of the Second Division to play the previous seasons FA Cup runners-up, Liverpool, at Filbert Street. We continue the cup theme with our fourth match, which sees Leicester on their travels again, this time to Kenilworth Road to play Luton Town in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, and our penultimate match is another FA Cup match, this time a quarter-final match from 1982 against Shrewsbury Town which saw Leicester forced through injury to use three different players – two of which were outfield players – in goal, but still ran out as convincing winners....

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