Posts by Mark

Ken Bates: “An Ex-Chairman Is A Nobody”

By on Oct 12, 2012 in Latest, Politics | 17 comments

OK, we all know that Ken Bates is an unpopular individual in footballing circles. He is still, though, not as unpopular as he ought to be. There are still those in football, watchers, participants and commentators, who are happy to file Bates under “character,” or give him credit where it is not entirely due. To far too many people, Bates still represents a flash of...

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

By on Oct 5, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

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...

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Hillsborough: Changing Perspectives

By on Sep 17, 2012 in Latest, Politics | 3 comments

Now the whole truth about Hillsborough is out, perspectives on the tragedy have changed, as they have continually down the years. This week I read past Hillsborough material from my magazine and book collection; When Saturday Comes (WSC) magazine editorials from June 1989 and March 1990; and two chapters from Nick Hornby’s 1992 book Fever Pitch and from each of...

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Port Vale: Reserving The Right To Criticise

By on Aug 31, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

The benefits of hindsight are many. And reviewing the fretful close season that Port Vale fans have just endured, I am glad that I “knew the result” of the negotiations on Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder’s putative club takeover. Otherwise I would have feared for them mightily. Vale ended last season in administration with “preferred bidder” Ryder having agreed a...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Footballs Legacy

By on Aug 15, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

The dust is very gradually settling on an almost entirely successful London Olympic Games. And the BBC aren’t about to let us forget how good they were, as they had as successful a Games as anybody – even “Square Eyes”, the TV critic in satirical magazine Private Eye, gave the BBC’s Games coverage a great review, and (s)he never gives great reviews. So most of the...

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