Accrington & The Tax Man


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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4 Responses

  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    Your last sentence is absolutely spot on. That said, it is very sad that a club whose recovery has been heroic, should find itself on the edge of the precipice from which it started.

  2. Martin says:

    Perhaps the only way for most lower league clubs to get into the Football League is to play fast and loose with their ground, finances and the taxman?

    It’s just a smaller scale version of the killer step up between Division 2 and the Premiership.

  3. Andy C says:

    That last sentence makes a really valid point. The league should write a rule stating that tax obligations must be met, then creditors, followed by players. This would stop clubs paying way over the odds for players wages, and hopefully inject a much needed dose of realism into lower league football. Big wage bills cannot be sustained on gates of 1500 – 3000. Maybe part time could be the way forward.
    Another cracking article, by the way.

  4. Martin says:

    They just need to add HMRC to the football creditors rule. Simple.

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