Monthly Archive: October 2009

Hull City’s Finances Show The Downside Of “Ambition” 16

Hull City’s Finances Show The Downside Of “Ambition”

Mark Murphy has been having a look at the precarious financial position that Hull City seem to find themselves in, and is concerned. Through a myriad of holding companies, the club now seems to be almost entirely dependent on avoiding relegation in order to survive.

Marlon King Punches His Way To 18 Months In Prison 3

Marlon King Punches His Way To 18 Months In Prison

“Don’t you know who I am? I’m a millionaire”, was Marlon King’s chat-up line, and when it was swatted away by the unfortunate recipient of it he got nasty. Yesterday, he reaped the dubious “reward” of his idiocy and was deservedly sentenced to eighteen months in prison.

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Shit Shot Mungo: Series Two, Episode Fourteen

This week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo” features the aftermath of Heart of Clackmannanshire’s outstanding 3-0 win last week. Glen Roeder is sacked as the Director of Football and, after a viral outbreak at the club, the club’s new plutocratic owner brings in a plague doctor in to help out.

Mike Ashley Starts Selling The Soul Of Newcastle United 2

Mike Ashley Starts Selling The Soul Of Newcastle United

If Mike Ashley is going to try for reconciliation with Newcastle United supporters after taking the club off the market he’s going strange way about it, with an announcement from the club that the naming rights for St James Park are up for sale. Does he now hate Newcastle or they that desperate for cash?

The FA Fails To Secure TV Deal For The FA Cup 4

The FA Fails To Secure TV Deal For The FA Cup

The Football Association has failed to secure a second television broadcaster for the first two rounds of this year’s FA Cup, which demonstrates the drastic change in the state of the market, the decline in importance of the competition and, possibly, irritation at their dumping of the BBC & Sky Sports.

When Footballers Attack (And Cross An Invisible Line) 1

When Footballers Attack (And Cross An Invisible Line)

When a match in a league six promotions from the Football Conference ended in a fight between a player and some supporters few would have guessed that the story would have made national headlines, and there’s a chance that all concerned learned something from the experience.

Liverpool Apply A United Shaped Sticking Plaster 2

Liverpool Apply A United Shaped Sticking Plaster

Liverpool might well have been very convincing in beating Manchester United on Sunday, but Mark Murphy is less than convinced that this result says very much about the medium to long-term stability of a club that may have become very dependant on perpetual Champions League money.

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part Two) 12

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part Two)

To the surprise of few, Chester City won another stay of execution at the hands of the Football Conference yesterday. This may give them time to get the Second Round of the FA Cup which, of course, would bring some much needed money into the club. Whether this is good for football, however, remains open to question.

Brian Potter: A Life In Professional Football 16

Brian Potter: A Life In Professional Football

Today, October 25th, is the fifteenth anniversary of the second – and most famous – of the three appearances of Brian Potter’s senior football career, and this site has very kindly indulged Gavin Saxton by allowing him to write a tribute to the great man.

Match Of The Week: Crawley Town 1-1 AFC Wimbledon 3

Match Of The Week: Crawley Town 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

One of the paradoxes of the FA Cup is that the more likely a club is to win it, the less they care about it. This doesn’t apply at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage, though, where the possibility of a big payday and the comparative glamour of a live match on the television looms on the horizon.

The Football League Fails The Fit & Proper Test 13

The Football League Fails The Fit & Proper Test

The Football League’s confirmation that Notts County’s new owners are “fit & proper” appears to be a cause for celebration for the club, but Mark Murphy is wondering exactly why this should be when, to be quite frank, no-one is any the wiser as to who these owners actually are.

Gateshead: Are Their Heeds In The Clouds? 11

Gateshead: Are Their Heeds In The Clouds?

Blue Square Premier club Gateshead – average home attendance this season: 685 – have announced that they are turning full-time and building a 9,000 capacity stadium. Exciting times for their supporters, no doubt, but might they be endangering their future?

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Shit Shot Mungo: Series 2 Episode 13

In this week’s Shit Shot Mungo, the new Heart of Clackmanannshire benefactor Faisal Wally Camel has something of a maverick streak and, in this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”, he decides to appoint, well, the first person that he comes up in the street as the club’s new manager.

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part One) 13

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part One)

Chester City are standing on the precipice yet again and, frankly, it is worth asking what the game’s authorities were thinking of when they allowed them to start the season because, even if the limp through their latest crisis, they are surely doomed. A new club is the only way forward.

Football In The Regions: The North-East 0

Football In The Regions: The North-East

The second in our very occasional (by which I mean once a year or so) look at the history of regional football broadcasting on the television in Britain. Tonight, we take a look at the North-East of England, which features one of the most famous voices in Britain and occasional interludes for horse racing.

Birmingham City – Out With The Old & In With The New 2

Birmingham City – Out With The Old & In With The New

Birmingham City are under new ownership and, as you’re probably aware, it’s another club under foreign ownership. Mark Murphy takes a look at David Gold (who we suspect will be back sooner rather than later) and puts Carson Yeung under the spotlight.