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Southampton Pulled From The Fire

At last, a bit of welcome news in this disastrous summer for English football. Southampton found a last minute buyer earlier this week, and they are making the right noises about how they intend to run the club. The Liebherr Group took control of the club on Wednesday, and their opening statement as the new…

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July 10, 2009
Ian

Southampton Back On The Brink

The new Football League season starts in a little over five weeks, but a huge question mark still hangs over the small matter of whether all the teams included in the fixture list will actually be starting the season after the Pinnacle group withdrew their interest in buying Southampton Football Club this week. This news…

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June 30, 2009
Ian

Nathan Dyer: Southampton & The Politics Of The Fire Sale

A couple of months ago, Southampton Leisure Holdings, the holding company which owns Southampton Football Club went into administration. There was a brief and ineffectual protest from Southampton FC based upon the argument that this particular holding company wasn’t the same as the football club, and that they shouldn’t, therefore, face any sanctions from the…

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May 29, 2009
Ian

Southampton & Their Points Deduction

Reading between the lines, the Football League’s verdict on Southampton’s attempt to put their holding company into administration without incurring a points deduction makes for pretty damning reading. The League’s conclusion stops not far short of stating that there has been a deliberate attempt to play the system by the club. The holding company Southampton…

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April 25, 2009
Ian

Southampton, Insolvency & Bending The Rules

This season, it is probably fair to say, has not been the best of football seasons. Portsmouth are hanging on to their Premier League status and Brighton & Hove Albion seem likely to fall through the relegation trapdoor from League One. Meanwhile, AFC Bournemouth have somehow managed to pull clear of the League Two relegation…

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April 7, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week: Southampton 1-2 Doncaster Rovers

Ten years ago, Southampton and Doncaster Rovers went into their matches desperately seeking points to avoid relegation. Southampton had just been knocked out of the FA Cup by Fulham, who were on their way into the second division of English football under Kevin Keegan. They had won their last league match against Charlton, but a…

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January 18, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week: Coventry City 4-1 Southampton

Coventry City and Southampton are, in many respects, two sides of the same coin. They are clubs that became regular components of the top division of English football for many years, arguably punching against their weight. For both of them relegation brought about the end of an era for both clubs from which they haven’t…

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October 5, 2008
Ian
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