Author: Mark

Port Vale’s Harsh Lesson In Realpolitik 2

Port Vale’s Harsh Lesson In Realpolitik

“Even if the voting is clear on June 1st, Port Vale’s future remains anything but”, was where we left Vale’s ownership soap opera last month. But the voting on June 1st – at an...

Plymouth Argyle: The Club With The Unknown Owners 9

Plymouth Argyle: The Club With The Unknown Owners

Brendan Ambrose Guilfoyle has a ‘complex’ track record in football club administrations – a reputation to which he is living down as ‘lead’ administrator at Plymouth Argyle, it appears. Argyle’s current situation was neatly,...

A Continuing War Of Words At Port Vale 5

A Continuing War Of Words At Port Vale

There’s  no close season in the financial trials and tribulations of modern English football, as Port Vale and Plymouth fans are discovering. June will see, if not the end, then the beginning of the...

Scudamore, Triesman And Parliamentary Privilege 1

Scudamore, Triesman And Parliamentary Privilege

So Lord David Triesman and Richard Scudamore are at loggerheads again. Among Triesman’s mannered, patiently-explained expose of FIFA Executive Committee members…er… ‘activities’ (an unexpectedly fascinating piece of live television, thank you BBC) was, supposedly,...

Lord Sugar Tackles Football: Well, Almost 11

Lord Sugar Tackles Football: Well, Almost

Despite its fundamental flaws, the BBC Money Programme production Lord Sugar Tackles Football was a watchable attempt to evaluate English football’s financial ills. These flaws were immediately evident. Sugar’s call for football to take...

Disunited About United 0

Disunited About United

It is difficult to draw a straight conclusion about a TV drama which has a Scotsman playing a Welshman called Murphy in the lead role. And the BBC’s 90-minute dramatisation of events surrounding Manchester...

Rangers: Walter Smith, Manager Of The Season? 0

Rangers: Walter Smith, Manager Of The Season?

Manager of the season? As per usual, Eddie Howe is a strong candidate; this year for establishing AFC Bournemouth in League One and for re-energising Burnley’s stuttering promotion play-off bid in the Championship. Some...

The Old Firm: Mea Culpa

The Old Firm: Mea Culpa

The main hazard attached to stridency of opinion is that you are often wrong. Sometimes, my success rate is in line with a stopped clock. And it appears my suggestion that Celtic were more...

Coventry City’s Three Lost Years 0

Coventry City’s Three Lost Years

“We are either on the launch pad for success, or we can hover on the brink of disaster,” wrote popular Coventry City ex-chairman Joe Elliott. And as a summary of the Sky Blues’ current...

Football In Parliament, A Right Pair Of Richards 2

Football In Parliament, A Right Pair Of Richards

In the second part of this afternoon on the subject of football governance, Mark Murphy watched Dave Richards and Richard Scudamore giving evidence to The Culture Media and Sport select committee inquiry on football...

Football In Parliament: I Fought The Law 4

Football In Parliament: I Fought The Law

‘Parliamentary privilege’ is fascinating. It essentially means that members of parliament can say what they like in parliament without fear of an action for defamation. And in such a context, the prospect of Ken...