Since British football began to mirror the industrial revolution in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the story of the politics of the game in this country has been very much about the relationship between those that have come to own the clubs and those that have, whether directly or indirectly, contributed to keeping them going as sporting institutions into the twenty-first century. What is particularly remarkable is the durability that football clubs have shown over this period. The number of former Football League clubs that no longer exist in any form is extraordinarily small, and we are now at a point at which it is almost inconceivable that any club would cease to exist without a replacement springing up in some form or another.
None of this means, however, that the path of the relationship between football club owners and their supporters has been anything like a happy one. The history of the game in this country has been littered with bad eggs, businessmen who found themselves out of their depth, eccentrics, asset-strippers and carpet-baggers, and we are delighted to be able to announce that over the next few months we will be rounding them all up in a top 100 of the most controversial football club owners of all-time. An article will be devoted to each, and we hope that we will be able to throw in a few curve-balls as well. Before this series gets under way, however, we’re calling for your assistance. We think that we have covered just about everybody that deserves a place on this esteemed list, but there is a chance that we might have missed a couple of people off.
So, if you can think of anybody that you think would fit into the “colourful” category and that we might, somehow, have managed to overlook, here’s your chance to get their name added to that list. All you need to do is add their name and club to the comments box below this post and we’ll take care of the rest. We would ask you to be circumspect with any other comments that you may wish to make about them. Libel laws exists for a reason, after all! We look forward to seeing what names you can come up with.
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