Posts made in August, 2007

You Can Probably Guess Who Blinked First

By on Aug 31, 2007 in English League Football, Finance | 3 comments

So, it looks like he (and, by extension, they) have got away with it. The HMRC have dropped their court case against Leeds United, and Ken Bates has, as a result, got himself a bargain. A debt-free football club with a massive stadium, some very valuable real estate (in the name of a conveniently anonymous sounding holding company based in the British Virgin...

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Football Is Not More Important Than Life & Death

By on Aug 30, 2007 in Latest | 2 comments

I have often been irked by the following quotation: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that”. It came, of course, from the great Bill Shankly, and it troubles me that his name should be associated with a comment that can so...

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For Fax Sake

By on Aug 29, 2007 in English League Football, Finance | 2 comments

It’s been a pretty bad last few months for football in Yorkshire, to varying degrees. In May, Sheffield United were relegated from the Premier League and, since then, Leeds United have sailed close to extinction (and we haven’t heard the last of that yet) and Scarborough went into liquidation and were reformed as Scarborough Athletic. Since the start of...

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A Right To Free Speech

By on Aug 29, 2007 in Latest | 4 comments

For as long as football has been played, the running of clubs has been a political issue. Right the way back to the nineteenth century and the division of the game into amateurs and professionals, via Billy Meredith and “The Outcasts FC”, Jimmy Hill and the abolition of the maximum wage, right the way up to the Glazer take-over of Manchester United and...

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Radio Free Europe

By on Aug 28, 2007 in Latest | 0 comments

I know that I’ve been neglecting you all over the last few days, so here’s a bit more Baker & Kelly, from the start of the 1998 World Cup. Plenty more of these to follow. 13th June 1998 – 17.30 Also, while I think of it, I’ll be going on my summer holidays for just over a week from the 9th of September. I’ll be handing over the...

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