Lies, Damned Lies & The Words Of The “Official Club Spokesman”

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6 Responses

  1. John Beech says:

    Excellent piece – I quite agree. Things have got so ridiculous with having to unspin every official statement from certain clubs that I’ve now got a ‘Chutzpah’ tag on my blog.

  2. Alan J says:

    At Swindon, under the previous owners, we had ‘spokesman’ called Bob Holt, who ended up with the nickname ‘Baghdad Bob’ from the fans after the Iraqi Information Officer, who used to spin the truth. Whatever Bob said, we knew full well the opposite was true !!

  3. mick says:

    Keep your eyes on Sheffield United……

  4. ejh says:

    Keith Cox, erstwhile chairman of Oxford United, used to forbid the taking of notes in private meetings or the recording of open meetings. One presumably unintended consequence was that it was impossible to prove, later on, what he had said in those meetings.

  5. Rob says:

    Excellent article as ever, Mark, although it might have been worth pointing out that Ridsdale responded to suggestions that Cardiff needed to raise money for the tax bill, and had gone as far as saying “We will be bringing in new players this month, I can guarantee that. I would go so far as to say that come January 31, we will be holding a press conference to parade the players we have brought in during the month.” (6 Jan 2010).

    Needless to say that the “golden season ticket” money didn’t go on players, and that press conference never happened, but he did apologise early: “With regard to the season ticket offer pre Christmas, this offer to reimburse the ticket price if promoted this season remains a strong one. Nevertheless we had anticipated that if we launched these tickets early and had received new investment pre Christmas or in January this year as promised, we would have been able to invest in new players in the January transfer window. In the absence of the new investment this will not be possible.” (27 Jan 2010)

    Note that the season ticket money (and they claim they sold 10,000 of them, with the cheapest adult one at £299) not only didn’t make it onto the transfer market, but judging by their appearance in the High Court yesterday, it doesn’t appear to have made it to the taxman yet, either.

  1. February 9, 2010

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