100 Owners: Number 89 – Terry Smith (Chester City)

By on Jul 15, 2012 in History, Latest | 5 comments

There are several clubs which will turn up more than once on this list, and one of those is Chester City FC. The story of this particular clubs last twenty years is one that could fill a book on its own, but its demise can largely be traced to the activities of three men. One, Stephen Vaughan, is unlikely to openly become involved in the running of a football club...

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100 Owners: Number 90 – Jim Thompson (Maidstone United & Dartford)

By on Jul 9, 2012 in History, Latest, Non-League | 6 comments

It was, as you will no doubt be aware by now, the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Premier League next month, but what will likely be forgotten in the slew of retrospectives is the fact that just three days after the behemoth which has come to eat English football in that intervening two decades the Football League saw its last – to date –...

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100 Owners: Number 91 – Michael Knighton (Carlisle United)

By on Jul 2, 2012 in History, Latest | 0 comments

At opposite ends of the Football League, he was involved in events which bookended the 1990s, and his failure to take control of one of the biggest football clubs in the world remains one of the great “what if” questions of that last couple of years before the introduction of the Premier League. Michael Knighton, however, was much more than just a...

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100 Owners: Number 92 – Doug Ellis (Aston Villa)

By on Jun 27, 2012 in History, Latest | 8 comments

If you ask the question of why the best-supported club in Englands second biggest city have managed just one English championship in the last one hundred and two years, there is a chance that some – if not many – Aston Villa supporters will have a ready-made answer: Doug Ellis. Ellis was one of the few English football club owners to survive what was a...

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100 Owners: Number 93 – Bill Hiddelston (Third Lanark)

By on Jun 23, 2012 in History, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

There is a curious paradox at the heart of the dynamic of a football club which always seems likely to attract a certain type of undesirable to the game. In terms of their financial position, most clubs live a hand to mouth existence, but many sit on one asset which has considerable value – their home ground. Because football in Britain developed in tandem...

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100 Owners: Number 94 – Mazhar Majeed (Croydon Athletic)

By on Jun 18, 2012 in History, Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

It is very seldom that a non-league football club makes the headlines of a national newspaper for any reason other than a surprise result in the FA Cup, but at the start of the 2010/11 season exactly this happened to Croydon Athletic of the Ryman League Premier Division when The News Of The World reported a covertly recorded interview, beginning a chain of events...

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100 Owners: No.95 – Bob Lord (Burnley)

By on Jun 6, 2012 in History, Latest | 4 comments

When we talk of the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers that ran our football clubs as their own fiefdoms for most of the twentieth century, there is perhaps one man that, above all others, has come to be considered the personification of the genre: Bob Lord – or, as the football writer Arthur Hopcraft once famously described him, The Khruschev of...

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100 Owners: Number 96 – (George Cripps &) Joseph Connor (Leeds City)

By on May 28, 2012 in History, Latest | 1 comment

As those of you that have been keeping up to date with this series will already be aware, there was probably no golden age for football in England when the game was completely free of corruption and malign influence. We have already looked at the controversial promotion of Arsenal into Division One of the Football League in 1919, but that year also saw the expulsion...

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