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Turning The Tide On 3g Pitches

Turning The Tide On 3g Pitches

By on Mar 7, 2014 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

It may be coincidence or it may not be, but at the end of a winter that has decimated the non-league football calendar it has hardly felt like much of a great surprise that the cold winds of financial difficulty have been blowing through the bank accounts of some semi-professional clubs of late. We have already lost Eastwood Town of the Northern Premier League, and...

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The Madness Of Queens Park Rangers’ Annual Accounts

The Madness Of Queens Park Rangers’ Annual Accounts

By on Mar 6, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 4 comments

Well, at least we now have a fuller picture of exactly why the club is understood to be so steadfastly against the notion of Financial Fair Play. It had been expected that the release of Queens Park Rangers’ annual accounts for their 2012/13 financial year would not make for particularly appetising reading for the club’s supporters, but to suggest that...

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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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The Despotism & Ignorance Of Vincent Tan

The Despotism & Ignorance Of Vincent Tan

By on Mar 4, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 8 comments

Perhaps now we at least might have some understanding of why Vincent Tan has been so insistent on the subject of changing the colours of Cardiff City’s shirts over this last couple of years or so. By wearing red, all associated with the club are better prepared to mask the redness of their faces as the club’s owner repeatedly drags its name through the...

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Bundesliga Round Up: Week 23 – Stuttgart lose again

Bundesliga Round Up: Week 23 – Stuttgart lose again

By on Mar 2, 2014 in Bundesliga, Latest | 0 comments

It’s definitely crisis o’clock at Stuttgart. The Swabians are one of the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs and regular European competitors who last won the championship as recently as 2007. Their coach back then was a guy call Armin Veh. He is now the coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, who were responsible (in part at least) for Stuttgart eighth consecutive defeat on...

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On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

By on Feb 27, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

It was always likely to only be a matter of time before somebody issued a legal challenge to somebody’s Financial Fair Play rules somewhere in this country. After all, the acquisition of debt has become one of the defining characteristics of football in this country from the very top of the professional game down in recent years. Indeed, in some respects it...

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The Death – And Potential For Rebirth – Of Eastwood Town FC

The Death – And Potential For Rebirth – Of Eastwood Town FC

By on Feb 26, 2014 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

In the overall scheme of things, the resignation of a football club from one of the myriad of leagues that make up the non-league pyramid is unlikely to even warrant a footnote in the story of English football. Yet there are lessons that should surely be learned from the protracted collapse of Eastwood Town Football Club, lessons that other clubs at that level of...

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