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Yesterday In Plymouth… Nearly There?

By on Sep 17, 2011 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 0 comments

Yesterday in Plymouth, ‘Cornish-based property developer’ Kevin Heaney appeared to finally disappear from contention as the part-saviour of the Argyle Football Club, as he should have done months ago in Plymouth. And, it would seem, ‘Devon-based entrepreneur’ James Brent appeared to finally re-appear as the preferred bidder for the club, as...

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The Economics Of Football And Crowd Unrest

By on Sep 16, 2011 in Latest, Politics | 2 comments

A curious article appeared on the online version of the Wall Street Journal earlier today on the subject of the economic woes that European football is facing. It was, largely, a thoroughly reasonable article, talking of the gap between rich and poor in terms of the tensions that this may come to create within the infrastructure of the pan-European game (even...

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An Old Firm Apology

By on Sep 16, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

According to the calendar, it is time to bash the first Old Firm match of this season. After all, ample material currently exists to do so just on their recent performances in Europe alone. Rangers failed to keep their European campaign alive past August whereas Celtic’s grand contribution was successfully challenging UEFA on the validity of an FC Sion squad...

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Rangers FC – Ready For A Fall?

By on Sep 15, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 14 comments

The story of a £2.8m tax liability (over)due for payment by Rangers Football Club ought to be a straightforward one. Either the club owes the money or it doesn’t. And it says it does. However, if Rangers FC does owe the money, and publicly admits as much, yet still does not pay it, there must be a problem with their ability to do so. And if Rangers FC are...

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A Woman In A Mans(field) World?

By on Sep 14, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 17 comments

Mansfield Town have a new CEO, a 29-year-old who has a politics degree and has previously worked for some big fashion brands. Succeeding Steve Barker, the previous CEO, who has now moved on to a new role with Stags chairman John Radford’s company, the new appointee is keen to start working with local businesses, increase gates, work with the fans – you...

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The Ice Gets Thinner For Gary Megson At Sheffield Wednesday

By on Sep 13, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 4 comments

It could have been worse, believe it or not. Four goals down with five minutes left to play of the first half, five down mid-way through the second. Eventually, though, Sheffield Wednesday managed a consolation goal and pegged their opposition down to a five to one score-line, but this doesn’t mask the fact that Gary Megson is now skating on thin ice as the...

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Stockport County Take-Over Stalls Over A Lack Of Detail

By on Sep 13, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

Stockport County entertain Grimsby Town at Edgeley Park in the Blue Square Premier on Saturday in a match which hints at the extent to which the fortunes of clubs can wax and wane over a period of time. Ten years ago, both clubs were in what we now know as the Championship. They start this evening as non-league clubs, and not exceptionally successful ones on the...

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