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What would worst recession for 70 years mean for football?

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has said that we may be facing the worst recession for 70 years, potentially even worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s.   Economics commentator David Smith has already tweeted that this explains why Mervyn King does not give interviews very often.

Wasps move creates opportunity for QPR

Wasps rugby club has been put up for sale and anticipates returning to its historic base in West London.   The decision was taken by owner Steve Hayes after Wycombe District Council withdrew its support for a new complex in the Booker area of the town.   Wasps have shared Adams Park with Wycombe Wanderers, also owned by Hayes, since 2002.   One of the difficulties is access to and from the ground which is along a single road through an industrial estate.

The devil is in the detail

Predictably initial media reaction to yesterday's European Court of Justice (ECJ) case involving Portsmouth publican Karen Murphy over simplified a complex set of issues.   Indeed, the only certainty in this matter is that the winners will be the lawyers who will pocket substantial fees in subsequent litigation.

Chelsea fans concerned about Bridge move

Many Chelsea fans consider that there a number of unanswered questions about the proposed move away from Stamford Bridge and are mobilising to ensure that any decision has been fully thought through and is in the best long-term interests of the club.


Various fan groups such as the Chelsea Supporters Club, the Chelsea Supporters Group and CFC UK are planning a meeting for Monday to organise their tactics before the vote of Chelsea Pitch Owners PLC (CPO) shareholders on October 27th.

Sacking managers costs £100m a year

We are constantly reminded that football is a 'results business' and October is the month when managers who have not made a soaring start to the season are shown the door.  But the League Managers Association argues that the bill for these changes amounts to £99m a year.

European Court ruling won't change much

Although the Premier League lost its case on football brodcasting in the European Court today, and hence Sky lost as well, the outcome will not change that much, at least in the short run, although no doubt further litigation will follow.

Chelsea prepare to move stadium

Gate money is a key element in Manchester United's overall success and in particular has helped to provide the financial means that have allowed them to out distance Liverpool.   Chelsea's stadium is only the eighth largest in the Premier League which curbs matchday revenues.   So it is no surprise that Chelsea have revived plans to move away from the Bridge.

New stadium key to York's future

York City FC's planning application for a new stadium holds the key to their future.   The club owe £2m to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund of the Football Foundation.   York borrowed the money to purchase thier Bootham Crescent ground and will need either to repay this sum or convert it to a grant by September 2013.

United set on 'monetising' fan base

'Monetising' is very much a buzz word these days.   In the next phase of their commercial strategy, Manchester United are determined to monetise their fan base 'and put that into a moneymaking machine' in the words of their commercial director, Richard Arnold talking to the Financial Times.

Arsenal report fall in operating profit

Arsenal reported a decline in full-year operating profit as increased wage costs offset a rise in commercial revenue.  Underlying operating profit fell to £45.8m in the year to end May from £56.8m the year before.