Monthly Archive: December 2009
Portsmouth are due in court in February over an unpaid tax bill. The club states that HMRC are being unfair, but is this merely more bluster to cover up the fact that their club is hopelessly insolvent, and even if they get through this, how might they cope with relegation?
2009 was the year in which the wheels constantly threatened to come completely off football’s financial wagon without actually doing so. Mark Murphy takes a look over the great and good of the last twelve months and wonders how they – almost – all managed to get away with it.
Peterborough United came from 4-0 down to manage a draw against Cardiff City yesterday, a result that said something about the spirit of their team and about the shortcomings of a Cardiff City team which is trying to think of itself as a Premier League club in waiting.
Chester City’s Stephen Vaughan still hasn’t sold his interest in the club, and his latest appointment at The Deva Stadium does little to instil much confidence that anything is going to improve in the near future. However, at least one potential buyer now seems to be off their radar.
It’s Christmas Eve, so we are turning the site over to professional footballer and convicted pelican-slapper Mungo McCrackas of the Heart of Clackmannannshire Football Club for our very first annual Christmas message. It’s a bit like the Queen’s Christmas message, only with more mentions of Italian sports cars.
Mark Murphy got a bee in his bonnet whilst watching the Sunday afternoon match between Newcastle United & Middlesbrough, and it came in the form of co-commentator Mark Bright. In the best interest of his sanity, we thought it that it would be for the best to let off steam on the subject here.
As the Premier League reaches the half-way point in its season, Mark Siglioccolo takes a look into his crystal ball and wonders whether the days of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea might be coming to an end. Who, though, will have the nerve to stare them out?
Bedford Town of the Southern League Premier division are in a slow state of decline, having released four of their players just before Christmas. The supporters trust would like to help, but they still aren’t even recognised by the club itself. It’s a familarly depressing tale.
Manchester City have sacked Les Hughes, then, and replaced him with Roberto Mancini. Is this the wrong decision at the wrong time, or have their owners identified a problem at the club that is not immediately visible to the outside world? We shall see – and probably not until it’s too late.
Fulham brushed aside Manchester United in the Premier League yesterday afternoon with a performance which suggested that 2010 could be a very good year for the London club. Roy Hodgson may be very much from the old school, but his team is thoroughly modern.
If you spent the weekend sitting at home and cursing because your match has been called off this afternoon, it may help to look back upon the 1962/63 season, when the worst winter in over two hundred years brought football to a standstill and almost led to the relegation of Manchester United.
Both Watford and Rangers have had disagreements at boardroom level over the last couple of weeks. Mark Murphy has been looking at both clubs, and arrives at the conclusion that under all of the smart talk, no-one – not even those directly involved – knows exactly what is going on.
The Highland League has threatened to fine a sixteen year old for – with the permission of his club – videoing their matches and uploading them onto YouTube. The most depressing thing about the whole story is that it’s not even surprising ant more that a football body would do this.