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Blackburn's fall from grace

Twenty years ago Blackburn Rovers joined the small group of clubs that have won the Premier League title.  It was a considerable achievement then and it is doubtful if a club of Blackburn's size could manage it today.

How football boosts Manchester's economy

The success of Manchester City and Manchester United gives a big boost to the local economy and is estimated to be worth £2.5bn in advertising over the next twenty years.

Greater Manchester has been getting its governance act together in a way that has happened more slowly than in Birmingham or the north-east.   The cause and effect relationship between that and the success or otherwise of the local football teams is a complex one, but it is undoubtedly there.

Two clubs worth over £1bn

A study based on hard data and using a rigorous methodology has found that two Premier League clubs are worth over £1bn.   Manchester United come in at £1.848bn and Arsenal at £1.18bn.   At the other end of the table, Bournemouth are worth £104m.

Russell Crowe rules out Leeds bid

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has ruled out fronting a bid for Leeds United.   Earlier in the year, he asked his followers on Twitter whether he should make a bid.

Crowe thinks that the club could be turned around and restored to its former glories, but is concerned about the toll it would take on him and his family.

Championship clubs have £1.1bn of debt

Championship clubs have amassed total debts of £1.1bn.   Bolton Wanderers have the largest debts of £182.1m, followed by £179.6m at QPR with Ipswich Town some way behind on £82.1m.

Football and global energy politics

The link between football and the geopolitics of global energy supplies may not seem to be an obvious one.  But under conditions of globalisation, different sectors of the economy become intertwined.  Football can offer prestige, influence and access to decision-makers.    These links are explored in this interesting article.

Could football undermine devolution bid?

The British Government has been trying to devolve powers to city regions in England.  Greater Manchester has forged ahead, but the north-east has lagged behind.

Helen Barbour, the vice-chairman of wax jacket company Barbour, has expressed concern that the rivalry between Newcastle United and Sunderland risked jeopardising the region's bid for devolution.

Brady defends Olympic Stadium deal

Karren Brady has defended West Ham United's move to the Olympic Stadium.   It has been the subject of some criticism, including an online petition.   There is also talk of trying to revive a state aid complaint to the European Union.

The trend to ban football journalists

Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News has been writing a series of blogs about the increasing trend of banning 'off message' football journalists from clubs.    Newcastle United and Swindon Town have been two of the worst offenders, but Rangers and Celtic have also got in on the act.

City stay within financial fair play rules

Manchester City's spending spree this summer should not get them into trouble under financial fair play rules.   Although their gross spend has been £100m and could go up to around £150m if one more rumoured signing is made, their net spend is £35m.   Even if it went up to £85m, the sum would be spread out over the life of the players' contracts.