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Manchester United's Customer Relationship Programme

In an interview with Information Age magazine, Ben Hatton, Manchester United's director of business and development, explains why the club is investing in CRM software and what it hopes to achieve.

Total Attendances at English Domestic Cup Competitions - 1989-90-2002-03

Total attendances at English Cup Football competitions, statistics tables, for seasons 1989 to 2003, covering the FA Cup, The Football League Cup and the Football League Trophy. The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72, and is the oldest association football competition in the world. There are a total of 14 rounds in the competition — six qualifying rounds, followed by six further rounds, semi-finals, and the final.

Fees Paid to Agents by Coca-Cola Championship Clubs in 2004

A list of clubs in the English Coca Cola Championship and their payments to agents and number of player deals in 2004. Leeds United were the biggest spenders and were the only club to outlay more than £1 million. Other clubs spending over a quarter of a million pounds were: Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, West Ham United and Sunderland.

At the other end of the scale, Crewe Alexandra spent nothing and Watford £2,000 - less than Elton John's monthly bill for flowers and posies.

Transfer Spending by English Premier League Clubs in 2004

List of the twenty Premier League clubs in 2004 comparing amounts spent during 2004 vs 2003. Figures are in £ million.

Roman Abramovich's Chelsea spent almost double their nearest competitor, Manchester United, and three-times that of the next ranked club, Liverpool, while the two clubs at the bottom of the list did not break £1 million.

Top Wage Earners in English Premier League - as of August 2004

Roy Keane of Manchester United headed this list of the top twenty two wage earners in the English Premier League - as of August 2004. It was estimated that he earned £100,000 a week, some £10,000 ahead of second-placed Stevie G of Liverpool FC. Michael Owen, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Frank Lampard were all estimated at £80,000 per week. Nice work if you can get it.

Total Transfer Expenditure by English Football Clubs – 1992-2004

Football Transfer fees rose by over 400 per cent in the 12 year period covered by this table. The substantial fall recorded in 2003 was reversed in 2004 with gross spending of over £400m - largely driven by Chelsea FC.

In 2004, the amount of transfer fees leaving the English game to overseas football clubs and agents was a record at £263m.

English Premier League Prize Money | Merit Award | Seasons 1998-99 vs 2002-03

Clubs received money according to their
position in the league table at the end of the season. This was called the
'Merit Award' and still existed as of 2010.

 

Lincoln City FC saved by fans

Fans of Lincoln City were praised by a judge who said they had helped save the football club as he discharged the administration order which had been imposed three months ago. Hundreds of thousands of pounds had been raised by fans by many methods including a seat-naming scheme. The club's future now looks secure after a hearing at the High Court in Birmingham. It follows an agreement between shareholders and creditors which guaranteed the Sincil Bank club for the next two years.

Sports Participation by Children - England - 1994 versus 1999

Football in Comparison with other
Sports. According to a government sponsored
survey by the OPCS there was an average 5% increase in the number of
school children saying they played football between 1994 and 1999.
This increase was shared amongst boys and girls, although boys were
roughly 4 times more likely to play than girls. Of all the major
spectator sports, football is the one that most people in England are