Posts by Mark

Plymouth Argyle: James Brent – Licensed To… Do As He Wishes

Plymouth Argyle: James Brent – Licensed To… Do As He Wishes

By on Feb 5, 2014 in Latest | 23 comments

Whatever Plymouth Argyle chairman and owner James Brent is, and opinions vary passionately among Pilgrims fans on that, he is no “football man.” Nor is he a “philanthropist,” “benefactor” or “particularly nice.” Brent regularly admits to mistakes in his running of the League Two club. So regularly that it was a surprise that BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks was...

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Referee! You Got It Wrong… Again!

Referee! You Got It Wrong… Again!

By on Jan 31, 2014 in Latest | 2 comments

A couple of recent refereeing decisions have attracted Mark Murphy’s attention and, spotting an opportunity to have a gratuitous dig or two at Sam Allardyce and others, he thought he’d attract your attention too. The Dick Emery Show was a staple diet of my early 1970s TV viewing and amongst the Emery characters which proves that the past truly is a foreign country...

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“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

By on Jan 29, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

I had assumed that the strange whirring noise I heard the other day was one of the mini-tornadoes that has added to Southern England’s recent weather woes. Now I wonder if it was Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby spinning in his grave so violently as to trigger storms across what cynics might consider United’s main catchment area. There was a scene in the 2011...

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Rangers: Alistair McCoist’s “Pearls Of Wisdom”

Rangers: Alistair McCoist’s “Pearls Of Wisdom”

By on Jan 23, 2014 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

It is tempting to leave this page blank, both in homage to Len Shackleton’s famous chapter on “The average directors’ knowledge of football” and because so much of what Rangers boss Ally McCoist has said this past week has left people speechless. But the sheer magnitude of McCoist’s folly deserves the fullest possible exposure. Talk of the new Rangers aping the old...

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Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

By on Jan 18, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

After Port Vale’s FA Cup third round replay triumph over Plymouth Argyle, Mark Murphy thought it would be opportune to revisit the two clubs’ financial fortunes since they emerged from administration and ownership crises. And what a tangled web they both have woven. Next up… Plymouth’s hotly-disputed role in the business machinations of James Brent, the high-profile...

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