Latest

Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

As the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford this evening, the strangest feeling came over me. Prior to the match, if you’d asked me, I’d have probably said that I wanted Manchester City to win this match. It’s a reflex reaction to twenty years of unprecedented success from Manchester United – the taste of schadenfreude can be prove to be...

Read More
A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

By on Mar 25, 2014 in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

It was a strange Sunday more than a “Super” one. Tottenham showed heart. Stoke City looked like Barcelona. And Barcelona themselves defended like Aston Villa. In that context, Barca’s thrill/laugh-a-minute 4-3 victory at Real Madrid was almost to be expected. The Bernabeu clasico had everything Premier League fans apparently desire. Goals, pace, schoolboy errors,...

Read More
Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

So there, then, is the decision of the Football League. Massimo Cellino has been adjudged by the Football League to have failed its Owners & Directors Test on account of his conviction under Italian law over the non-payment of tax for a boat that he owned. The League’s statement on the matter was clear enough to leave little quesion in the minds of those...

Read More
That Revierderby Touch

That Revierderby Touch

By on Mar 23, 2014 in Bundesliga, Latest | 2 comments

Being a preview of the forthcoming match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. Matthias Suuck, the presenter of the Yellow Wall pod, a Borussia Dortmund podcast, once described the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke as more about the two sets of fans similarities rather than their differences. Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are two former mining cities in the...

Read More
Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

By on Mar 21, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 3 comments

It was noted on this site at least a couple of years ago that democracy in terms of football had the potential to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, genuine efforts to engage supporters to be active rather than passive in terms of involvement with their clubs arrive at their natural conclusion in the existence of supporters trusts, both at clubs where the...

Read More
Rangers FC & The Self-Importance Of Being Sandy

Rangers FC & The Self-Importance Of Being Sandy

By on Mar 19, 2014 in Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

My limited experience of writing on football finance and club takeover and ownership issues has taught me one thing; that no matter what the specific issue under those headings, the Rangers Football Club will always supply an extreme, and invariably extremely daft, example. As I was writing my last article, about Birmingham City’s sledgehammer-on-nut legal action...

Read More
Which Way Now For Leeds United?

Which Way Now For Leeds United?

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

In a sense, the single most surprising aspect of Massimo Cellino was its timing. As the office workers of this country fumbled their way through their first cup of coffee of the morning, the news came through from Italy that Cellino had been found guilty of evading import duty with regard to the purchase of a yacht which was impounded in 2012 and fined €600,000. It...

Read More