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Birmingham City: Taken Over At Last

“Birmingham City takeover saga drawing to a conclusion” ran the Birmingham Mail newspaper headline. “A sale looks increasingly imminent,” the article claimed. “Blues…director Panos Pavlakis returned to Hong Kong…at the start of the week…that in itself is significant,” it added. “Sources” confirmed: “The fact he jetted back shows we could be coming down to the nitty-gritty.” And it was noted, with weapons-grade understatement, that: “The process has been drawn out a little longer than hoped for.” The Mail’s take on the takeover. On 15th May 2014. The saga has now drawn to a conclusion, leaving the two major clubs...

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The Strange Case Of The Nottingham Forest Takeover

When Nottingham Forest were acquired by the Al Hasawi family in 2012 following the sudden and unexpected death of Nigel Doughty, dissenting voices were quickly hushed. Under the ownership of of the ultra-wealthy Kuwaiti family, Forest would be returned to their former glories, the sun would shine over the River Trent, and the doubts and financial insecurities of the past would become nothing more than distant memories. Reality, however, has an unfortunate way of interrupting dreams, however, and any remaining Forest supporters who had remained in denial over Fawaz – the arm of the family charged with the task...

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Podcast 76: FIFA 17, Pro Evo 17 & Rocket League

Many apologies for the slight delay in getting this week’s podcast out to you. One illness has been replaced with another in the King household, so this time I’ve taken a little time out to get some proper rest. You wouldn’t want me to topple over dead now, would you? (“Well yes, actually” is not really an acceptable answer to this question, by the way.) But I digress. This week’s 200% podcast is on the subject of video games. Now, I know we covered that a few weeks ago, but that episode was really about the games of the...

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The Inevitable York City Follow-Up

The idea that non-league football largely consists of men with beer bellies kicking a football around between puffs on their Benson & Hedges is a hopelessly outdated one, but that isn’t to say that it doesn’t exist. Countless clubs, both in the Football League and at the top end of non-league football, have fallen into this trap before, but nothing seems to stop it from repeating itself. This isn’t, however, always the reason why clubs fail to beat lower ranked opposition. Sometimes, the players that compete against these butchers, bakers and candlestick makers just aren’t good enough. This seemed...

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Scottish Media & “The Celtic Tax Case”

It was front-page news on October 12th. A Daily Record investigation. “Celtic and the tax dodge firm,” screamed the headline. £434m in unpaid tax. Rangers Tax Case? Relative peanuts. Many Scottish football fans would consider the existence of a Record newspaper investigation into anything front-page news in itself. The Record played its full part in missing the Rangers liquidation story, the biggest in Scottish football history, as it unfolded in the years leading up to 2012. More recently, they ignored a damning report into Scottish football governance by the Tax Justice Network. And they are currently missing/ignoring the financial...

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