Posts by Mark

Birmingham City & Rangers: A Bad Week To Be A Bluenose

Birmingham City & Rangers: A Bad Week To Be A Bluenose

By on Mar 5, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

Both sides of what could soon be a proper international border, it is tough being a “Bluenose” just now. The odds against Rangers seeking the financial sanctuary of administration, or the sale and leaseback of major assets, as solutions to their latest book-balancing difficulties get shorter each day. Meanwhile, the semi-mythical “Owners and Directors Test” in...

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Birmingham City Fans Can Delay No More

Birmingham City Fans Can Delay No More

By on Feb 18, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 9 comments

“I’m as mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore,” said Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network. Birmingham City fans clearly can’t either. The Blues are mired in a Championship relegation battle. The club and parent company, Birmingham International Holdings (BIH) continue to lose multi-millions despite selling almost every decent player...

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Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

By on Feb 7, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

I do appear to have invoked plenty of memories “for those of a certain age” in recent articles. And I’m about to do so again.  In January 1979, the then Prime Minister James Callaghan returned from a summit in Guadeloupe to a Britain entering its infamous “winter of discontent.” Rubbish was left uncollected and the dead unburied thanks to various trade unions...

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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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