Posts by Mark

Birmingham City: Peter Pannu Posts – Part One

By on May 13, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 3 comments

Birmingham City’s handsomely remunerated but still acting chairman Peter Pannu recently responded to media focus on his financial affairs with a lengthy statement on the club’s website. It said much about the man, his attitude and the Blues’ off-field problems – little of it good. This morning 200% reproduces the statement, with Mark Murphy’s comments interspersed...

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Tales From A Mickey Mouse Cup

By on May 2, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

“It’s a Mickey Mouse competition with Mickey Mouse officials. Next season I’m fielding a reserve team.” They were words of an embittered loser. And when Isthmian League Kingstonian’s then-manager Chris Kelly said them, he probably never imagined he was foreseeing future attitudes towards “senior” cup competitions. I write this after Kingstonian lost 2-1 to...

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Peter Pannu Is Considerably Richer Than You

By on Apr 28, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

It is a comparison I have made before but it remains as true today as ever. If anyone outside Burnley has reason to be glad that the Rao family own Blackburn Rovers – bar Rovers’ idiotic ‘global advisor’ Shebby Singh – it is Birmingham City’s all-powerful, increasingly rich but still “acting” chairman Peter Pannu. All the available evidence suggests Pannu doesn’t...

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Donald Findlay’s Casebook, And How Supporters Direct Scotland Got It Right

By on Apr 19, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

I know. I shouldn’t look at the BBC Football website… Moments after I’d done reading about “PR” Peter Ridsdale, I was shouting “WTF” at the national broadcaster’s pages once more. All but one of the Scottish football headlines yesterday referred to the Scottish FA’s readiness to act over league reform. And whilst the concept of “SFA readiness to act” was novel...

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The Revisionism Of Ridsdale

By on Apr 18, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 4 comments

I knew it wouldn’t take long. Peter Ridsdale remains far better at taking credit than earning it. So he was always going to consider himself pivotal to Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League. It was just a pity that, last night, the BBC fell in with (for?) PR-Pete’s spin so readily. Ridsdale’s ability to be around when the plaudits are handed out resembles...

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