Tag: Notts County

Notts County And The Phantom Winding Up Petition

It may have been one of the more curious winding up petitions that the High Court on The Strand will have dealt with today, at least. The petition against Notts County Football Club Ltd, which was brought, and there are no great surprises here, by HMRC, was reportedly dismissed in a matter of seconds this, but the fact that the club claims to have been unaware of any such proceedings even having been raised until they were tipped off by a supporter of Plymouth Argyle raises questions over the processes that are currently being used by the tax collectors in their apparently relentless pursuit of football clubs through the courts. That there was an issue at all was first flagged up Friday night, when a Plymouth supporter sent an email to the club confirming that they were listed at The High Court for a winding up petition to be heard this morning. The club hastily arranged legal representation and put up an angry statement denying not only that it owed any tax money but also that it had not previously been made aware of these proceedings. By law, of course the defendant in any such proceedings has to notified of them, but there were further complications to add to these mysterious proceedings that further clouded the issue. Not only were the proceedings not listed on the official journal of...

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Match Of The Past: Notts County

We continue our archive series of matches of the clubs in Football League One with Notts County, and six matches from the years between 1926 and 1994. First up is some quite extraordinary film footage of the team in action against Fulham in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup at a packed Meadow Lane from February 1926, while our second match sees them traveling to London to play Crystal Palace in a Second Division match from April 1979. Our next two matches come from the club’s spell in the First Division during the first half of the 1980s, home matches against Nottingham Forest from 1982 and against Watford from 1984. We then finish off with two matches from the 1990s, a home FA Cup match against Manchester City from 1991 and a League Cup match from the 1994/95 season against Tottenham Hotspur. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week 3: Sutton United 0-2 Notts County

Evening falls over Sutton, and with it comes the final match of the Second Round of this year’s FA Cup. Gander Green Lane has been here before, of course, in 1989 when the team in amber and chocolate knocked Coventry City out of the competition – the last time that a non-league club knocked one from the top division out of the FA Cup – and also in 1970, when a scarcely-credible 14,000 people packed in here to see Sutton United lose 6-0 against Leeds United in the Third Round of the competition. Gander Green Lane hasn’t changed that much over the last twenty-two years since Sutton United’s most famous moment. One end of this bowl-shaped ground has been levelled off and a small cover installed, but the ground is still ostensibly the as the one that saw Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan knock out a Coventry City side that had won the FA Cup at Wembley less than two years earlier. On the pitch, meanwhile, Sutton United are moving in an upward trajectory again after several years in the relative doldrums. The club had joined the Football Conference in 1985, but were relegated in 1991 and have spent just one season in this division – the 1999/2000 season since. The last couple of years, however, have seen the club’s stock begin to raise again. Manager Paul Doswell was...

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The (Possibly Un)Welcome Return Of Non-League Videos Of The Week

The Football League begins its new season next weekend, but non-league football doesn’t begin again for a couple of weeks. With this in mind, it’s time to take a quick look around how some clubs are doing in their pre-season friendlies. All of these matches are from the last couple of weeks and, it has to be said, we have no details on how strong the teams taking part in these matches my or may not have been. Anyway, as a teaser for the start of the new season, here’s a quick look at: York City vs Hartlepool United, Woking vs Charlton Athletic, Bury Town vs Colchester United, Chorley vs Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town vs Notts County. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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After Notts County: England’s Club Owners. Are They Any Good?

“Are they any good?”  It’s a simple question. And it is in the top one of questions supporters should ask of bidders for football clubs. But, as the BBC’s flagship documentary programme Panorama revealed this week, no-one at Notts County was asking the question while the club was being taken over by ‘Munto Finance.’ Or any question at all for that matter. Not that supporters of other clubs going through ownership ‘issues’ have any reserved seats on the moral high ground. There were many lessons to be learned from Panorama about the need for supporter vigilance and scrutiny of their clubs’ owners and executives. Among some fan bases, those lessons have been ignored. Birmingham City’s appearances in the headlines since their stunning Carling Cup final triumph have been as much about their dismal finances as their dismal form. Hong Kong’s stock exchange regularly features announcements about Birmingham International Holdings, City’s parent company. And they are usually about money lost, money borrowed or money not raised. Yet some Blues fans are convinced of “an anti-Blues and anti-Chinese agenda” in the midst of our national football press. While others suggest the Premier League is probing City’s finances because of Uefa’s ‘pro-Liverpool’ bias. Meanwhile, Watford’s takeover, now all-but-complete, continues to turn logic apex-over-elbow, with some supporters refusing to acknowledge new owner Laurence Bassini’s demonstrable business inabilities. “You can’t judge a book by...

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