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Rangers’ Transfer Window

Three types of ‘normality’ conflated in Scotland last month to construct a lunatic world; Glasgow’s football media, Rangers FC’s public relations (PR) operation and the parallel universes occupied by Rangers and non-Rangers supporters. It is public knowledge that Rangers need at least £7.2m additional funding to meet financial liabilities to July 2019 as they fall due, with the “first tranche” due last November. Chairman Dave King and independent auditors Campbell Dallas both said so, in Rangers International Football Club’s (RIFC) annual accounts, to June 2017. RIFC’s “forecast cash flows” assumed that “future transfer payables will be met by future...

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Dagenham & Redbridge: Flags & Financial Incontinence

Last Saturday evening in front of the television cameras of BT Sport, Dagenham & Redbridge entertained Aldershot Town in a National League match that may be now be considered to have been of greater consequence for the visitors than it was for the home team. The revival of Aldershot over the course of the last couple of years has been one of the more understated achievements of the National League. Following relegation from the Football League in 2013 and a spell in administration that was accompanied by three consecutive seasons during which the club had one eye over its...

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An Unspoken Battle For Football’s Future

At least, we might reflect, last night’s match between Watford and Chelsea passed off relatively without incident, unless we’re talking about the defending champions’ supine surrender to a distinctly mediocre team that is currently battling against relegation from the Premier League. It increasingly frequently feels these days, however, as though no football match can pass by without some form of accompanying refereeing “controversy”, and the extent to which we’ve all become conspiracy theorists on this particular subject has gone into overdrive this season to such an extent that it is starting to feel, to me at least, that this...

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Chester FC: Another Ride On The Rollercoaster

Well, at least it can be said that, no matter what happens next, it won’t be Stephen Vaughan Sr again. The man whose actions brought Chester City Football Club to its knees and eventually to its closure accepted an eleven year ban after a disqualification undertaking after VAT fraud was found relating to his time in charge of Widnes Vikings rugby league club. Vaughan has come to be renowned in some circles as being one of the high water marks in the history of terrible football club owners, but this isn’t to say that running a non-league football club isn’t...

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VAR: For FIFA Finances, Not Football

The most important contribution to the recent mass debate over Video Referee Assistants (VARs) was not, mercifully, Alan Shearer’s. It wasn’t the academics at Belgium’s Catholic University (KU) of Leuven (cue howls from Rangers conspiracy theorists) ‘kinesiology’ department, who assessed the diverse data from the two-year, global experiment (‘kinesiologists’ study body movements, performance and function…nope, me neither). It wasn’t anyone from the International Football Association Board (Ifab), the archaically Home Nations “independent” guardians of football’s laws. Ifab directors include the English FA’s Martin Glenn and the Scottish FA’s Stewart Regan…and if you wish to stop reading now, I fully...

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