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Rams could be hit by parachute payments

Derby County are playing well, if sometimes they are a little too prone to concede goals, and have reasonable expectations of being promoted to the Premier League this season.   Even if they did only survive one season, they would be set up financially for years to come.

Greek government backs down on football ban

The new left-wing Greek Government has had to compromise in its negotiations with the European Union and now it has had to back down on a proposed indefinite ban on football in the Greek Super League.  Governing party Syriza is facing internal tensions over its deal with the EU and could not expend political capital stopping the country's favourite sport.  There will now be just a ban on this weekend's Super League Matches.

Yeung deals Blues a blow from his prison cell

I am sometimes surprised by what it is possible to do from a prison cell if you have the right connections, although, of course, the fact that someone is imprisoned does not deprive them of recourse to the courts, at least not in Hong Kong.

How to balance the books

I have been looking at the accounts for a tier two Conference club.   The shareholders are supporters and the shares are quite widely dispersed, although there are five or so individuals who have larger holdings.

The club reported profits of £52,000 on a turnover of £267,000 in the year ending 30 June.   This compared with £21,000 in the previous twelve months.

More ticket price rises on the way at Liverpool

It looks as if more ticket price rises are on the way at Liverpool to help pay for the redevelopment of the main stand.   Providing more capacity, and in particular more hospitality suites, is seen as crucial to the club's continued ability to compete at the top level.   Good progress is being made in finding a sponsor for the stand.

The sad tale of Parma FC

Recently I was one of the examiners for a PhD thesis on cheese.   One of the other examiners was Italian and there was a big debate about the quality of different types of Parmesan cheese.   There are real cheese wars going on between 'New World' and 'Old World' countries and it's a major source of conflict in international trade negotiations, not least over what can be sold as 'Parmesan' cheese.

James Easdale gives way to fan pressure

Bus tycoon James Easdale has resigned from the Rangers board in response to fan pressure.   His brother Sandy, who is a bigger shareholder, is chairman of the board.  James Easdale's home in Greenock was targeted by vandals last year who painted graffiti.

The strange tale of the club on top of a car park

As far as I know, only one European club has its stadium built on top of a car park: Monaco's Stade Louise. Of course, space is at a premium in the densely populated principality with its very rich inhabitants.   The principality's royal family is an endless source of fascination for celebrity magazines.   If it was a Hollwyood film, you would think it was pure fiction.  

Truro revive Football League dream

Truro City consider that their dream of bringing the Football League will come nearer realisation if the local council approves plans for a new £10m 6,000 seater stadium next month.   The stadium would be shared with rugby side Cornish Pirates and local colleges.   574 attended Truro's home game yesterday.

Truro aimed for the Football League under the high spending regime of Kevin Heaney, but ended up in financial trouble and had to be rescued.

Swansea City takeover unlikely to proceed

Swansea City can celebrate with justification after completing the double over Manchester United and staying in the top half of the table all season, no mean feat from a city (known in Welsh as Abertawe) that is not that large or that prosperous.   The club has, however, clearly been well run after recovering from some dark days.