Tied Up In Notts

The oldest professional football club in the world and founder members of the Football League, Notts County, had been on a pretty poor run when a mysterious company from the Middle East bought the club in a blaze of publicity, signed Sol Campbell and appointed former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson as their manager. It soon became apparent, however, that not everything at Meadow Lane was as Notts supporters had hoped it might be.

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...

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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...

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Notts County & Munto Finance: The Inquest Begins

Notts County & Munto Finance: The Inquest Begins

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” was the rhetorical question asked by John Lydon to the audience at the end of what turned out to be The Sex Pistols’ last show, at the Winterland in SanFrancisco in 1978. If only football club owners were as candid.

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Notts County – The Morning After The Night Before

Notts County – The Morning After The Night Before

The dream that started at Notts County died today. After weeks of turbulence, many at Meadow Lane had been holding onto increasingly tenuous claims that big investment was coming into the club and the continuing presence there of Peter Trembling and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

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Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

Mark Murphy has been looking at the Notts County supporters’ reaction to recent events at Meadow Lane, and he is less than impressed. But then, what else would you expect from supporters that, as it turrned out, gave their club away for one pound?

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Are The Wheels Falling Off The Notts Wagon?

Munto Finance have put Notts County up for sale. Most Notts supporters still seem to regard Chief Executive Peter Trembling as some sort of hero, but they should probably be asking him a few questions about how his handling of the last few months or soat Meadow Lane.

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Motor Racing Passes Its Judgement Upon Qadbak

Motor Racing Passes Its Judgement Upon Qadbak

The more anybody digs, the murkier it all gets. Rumours currently doing the rounds in motor racing circles seem to be confirming that the proposed QADBAK Investments take-over of the BMW-Sauber formula one racing team is on the point of collapse. Where are all these middle eastern investors, then?

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The “Fit & Proper Persons Test” Sting

Mark Murphy thinks that he might have discovered that the recent rash of football club takeovers may be a sting concocted by the News Of The World to show up the football authorities’ Fit & Proper Persons Test for what it is. Is the most rational explanation, isn’t it?

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Notts Fit Or Proper Yet

We’re more than one month into the new season, and Notts County’s new owners still won’t reveal who they are and still haven’t been declared fit or proper. Mark Murphy wonders whether they have anything to hide.

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Sol Campbell & Notts County – A Match Made In Mammon

The rumours had been circulating for a couple of days, but few people had been brave enough to give it much credibility. But then it happened. Sol Campbell joins Notts County, on a five year contract with a £40,000 weekly wage. Thirty-four year old Sol Campbell. The...

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Notts County Start, Presumably, As They Mean To Go On

The summer is traditionally known as "the silly season" in the press, but Notts County have pushed the silliness up by at least a few notches with the news that they are in negotiation with Sven Goran Eriksson over him taking over as their Director of Football....

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Tied Up In Notts

"The Oldest Football League Club In The World" is the proud boast of Notts County, and this fact is one of those that gets lodged in the head of every schoolboy like a piece of stray shrapnel. Notts' glory days may well be long gone, but they have this week voted to...

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