Posts made in April, 2010

Southend United & Fossett’s Folly

Southend United & Fossett’s Folly

By on Apr 22, 2010 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 1 comment

Southend United were under threat of extinction thanks to a £400,000 Inland Revenue demand. Whilst their new ground at Fossett’s Farm is seen as the solution to the club’s long-term financial difficulties, the Shrimpers needed help in the short-term. They were fortunate that business partners were able to advance future revenue to cover the short-term costs and keep...

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The Blue Square South Bottleneck

The Blue Square South Bottleneck

By on Apr 21, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 13 comments

In the Blue Square Premier this season, there is only one round of matches left to play and many of the awards and trinkets have already been tidied up. Stevenage Borough are the champions after their win at Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday, and will take their place in the Football League next season just thirty-four years after they were formed. Meanwhile,...

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Smith steps down from SFA

Smith steps down from SFA

By on Apr 21, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Gordon Smith’s resignation this week, after nearly three years as Chief Executive at the Scottish Football Association, came initially as a surprise, though it seems rather less of one now that the idea has sunk in. Smith always seemed a man somewhat apart from the usual array of gruff-voiced men in suits who make up the Scottish football fraternity, and...

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Portsmouth’s Debt Up To £119m

Portsmouth’s Debt Up To £119m

By on Apr 20, 2010 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 7 comments

The full extent of the financial horror at Portsmouth, then, is starting to become apparent. It is starting to feel as if every time the club’s administrator, Andrew Andronikou, opens or moves anything, there is a red bill hiding underneath, behind or within it. The figures estimated in the media earlier in the season had put the club’s debt at around...

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Adrian Chiles Departs The BBC

Adrian Chiles Departs The BBC

By on Apr 20, 2010 in Latest, Opinion | 7 comments

So, farewell then, Match of the Day 2 – at least, farewell in its current guise as the best football programme on television. The long-predicted transfer/defection of former business journalist and current and forever West Bromwich Albion fan Adrian Chiles to ITV/GMTV means a change to the BBC’s winning mix of football action, comment and humour, based around...

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