The Guardian Is Banned From The Bates Motel


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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10 Responses

  1. Mark Murphy says:

    Terrific. Every bit as lucid as David Conn.

    Of course, if Bates and Murrin WERE the only two shareholders in FSF, Leeds 2007 CVA would not have been passed by the required majority of “unconnected” creditors, as they, FSF and Astor would have been connected as surely as the thigh bone is connected to the knee bone.

    It’s an old Bates trick, detailed in Tom Bower’s book ‘Broken Dreams.’ Make yourself a preferred creditor in advance of any administration, hide all connections between yourself and other creditors and, hey presto, one company on the cheap, debts all but wiped out.

    Bates hasn’t made any sort of ‘error’ other than to let the proverbial cat out of a Jersey court’s bag.

    What with him losing his libel case against former Leeds director Melvyn Levi, this has been an annus horribilis for the anus horribilis.

    Keep the pressure up everyone.

  2. Jertzee says:

    “this has been an annus horribilis for the anus horribilis” – nice one!

  3. Paul says:

    I bet Bates is good at poker.

    Tom Bowker’s book is a good read by the way.

  4. Steve says:

    You would think Leeds would be getting some sort of PR advice at the very least – banning the Guardian just creates even more suspicion and doesn’t help Leeds’ reputation one bit.

    This lack of transparency needs to hounded out of football, alongside any dodgy dealing. Thank goodness for the likes of David Conn…

  5. Paul says:

    Sorry, I meant Tom Bower.

    Other good books on a similar theme:-

    Football Inc. – How Soccer Fans are Losing the Game by Craig McGill

    Own Goal! – How Egotism and Greed are Destroying Football by Simon Freeman

    Great Balls of Fire – How Big Money is Hijacking World Football by John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson

  6. Martin says:

    David Conn should be careful.

    Bates will publish his address and phone number in Leeds United programmes next…

  7. Jailhouse John says:

    To paraphase the Bard “Who will rid us of this troublsome knight”

    Well I wish he would bloody hurry up!!!

  8. ejh says:

    It’s not the Bard, it’s attributed to Henry II, about whom Shakespeare wrote no play (his history plays begin a little later, with John). There is a famous play about the related events, though as far as I know the “who will rid me…” phrase does not appear in it.

  9. John Roberts says:

    If Bates publishes Conn’s phone number and address in the Leeds Programme. Perhaps Conn could just publish Bates phone number and address in the Guardian !!

    I would like to see a blank space in the Guardian where a report of a Leeds home game should be published.

  10. apmearns says:

    As an avid leeds united supporter it does make me nervous when reading articles such as this. However, I believe Ken Bates has found loopholes in the law and certain people find it in the nature to criticise what they do not understand. After reading Ken’s programme notes for the past couple of years, the preverbial ‘horse’s mouth’ can often will out. This is the case here and I have come to respect a successful businessman; even an eccentric one. It has been a common occurance in past years for the people surrounding the football world to criticise and hound Leeds United Football Club. The courts will find the truth, and hopefully the club can move forward once more, as they are currently doing on the pitch!

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