Trying To Get Inside The Mind Of The Football League


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Phoebe says:

    I wrote to the league about this last week in a fit of pique, you’ll be suprised to hear that I have heard nothing.

    One of the panel that decided that Luton’s penalty should include points deducted for previous “insolvency events” was Ipswich’s non-executuve chairman David Sheepshanks. Sheepshanks’ role was still an executive one when he guided Ipswich into an “insolvency event” of their own in 2003. At the time that Sheepshanks’ role was converted to a non-executive one, they were still £36m in debt and rising, despite their sale to a billionaire owner. Only the debt is now owned to the new owner, who continues to charge interest, and is the only shareholder to receive an annual dividend (£564k a year – and if the club cannot pay it, it compounds and gathers interest – a nice little earner)

    Ipswich were also the last club to enter administration under the laws where the Inland Revenue were treated as supercreditors in the same way as other Football League clubs are – and the main sticking point in Bournemouth, Luton and Rotherham’s attempt to exit administrtaion with a CVA. How the Football League consider Sheepshanks to be fit to judge other club’s in this situation is anyone’s guess.

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