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What's in a name?

Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn is considering the ultimate re-branding, re-naming the club London Orient.  They would then be the only league club with 'London' in the title.   The idea is to raise the club's profile so that it seen as a city club.

The move would probably only go ahead if Orient move into the Olympic Stadium.  West Ham United, the likely tenants, have made it clear that they do not want to ground share with Orient.

Is supporting Arsenal a middle class badge?

The Times this morning has fifty indicators of being middle class, such as veg boxes and dinner parties in the kitchen.   Radio 5 ran it as a theme this morning.

Number ten on the list is Arsenal: 'Middle-class men and women, with their beards [?] and trendy glasses, are strangely attracted to Arsenal Football Club above all others.  The ground is very well situated for a bit of tapas in Islington before the game, and let's face it, you're not likely to get involved in too much argy bargy when half the supporters have babies in slings and are wearing brogues.'

Shirt sponsorship challenge for Uefa

This article has been written by Simon Hines of Sponsorship Today:


In the season 2011/12 the average shirt deal in France's Ligue 1 was estimated at €1.5m per season with Betclic topping the league at €5.5m with its Olympic Marseille sponsorship. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was reportedly earning €4.9m from Emirates whereas OGC Nice had no shirt sponsor. If news reports are to be believed, a Qatari bank is close to finalising a deal worth €100m per year for shirt and stadium naming rights to PSG.

Another reprieve for Truro City

It may seem  a bit like the condemned man who has become a fixture on death row being given another short stay of execution, but the latest news about Truro City does offer a slim hope that they might escape extinction.

Ridsdale is barred as director

Peter Ridsdale has been a controversial figure in English football.  Indeed, the Financial Times describes him this morning as a 'serial football club chairman'.  He is in the news again because he has been barred by the Insolvency Service from serving for seven-and-a-half years as a company director.

The plight of Midlands football

A few weeks ago we published a story about Aston Villa which made some comparisons with West Bromwich Albion.  A Villa fan took exception, pointing out that Villa still draw bigger crowds, even if they have declined.

Truro City given deadline

Truro City FC have been given until 5 p.m. on Thursday to satisfy the Conference that they can see out the season or they will be removed from the Blue Square South.   The club has asked that the criteria be kept confidential for reasons of commercial sensitivity.   City's players have not been paid for several weeks.

Port Vale sale in October?

The administrator of Port Vale, Bob Young of Begbies Traynor, is hopeful that a deal that can take the club out of administration will be agreed in October.   Three contenders have emerged to buy the club with others in the wings.

In March Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder was named as preferred bidder with a proposed £1.3m deal.  When it collapsed last month, the administrator said that he had never known this to happen at such an advanced and late stage.

Leeds takeover confirmed

A Bahrain-based firm that operates on Islamic financial principles has confirmed that it has acquired Leeds United.

Arsenal rely on transfer dealings

Arsenal's latest accounts which will be made public tomorrow are expected to confirm how much the club is reliant on the transfer market to make a profit.   A profit of around £45m is expected, largely generated from the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

The players' sales raised about £54m in the summer of last year which offset an operating football loss before transfers for the year to May 2012.   This loss reflects the impact of a high wage bill and relatively modest commercial income.