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Thistle sign up to Friday football

In attempt to boost its flagging fortunes, Scottish football is experimenting with Friday night games and the first one is tonight between Partick Thistle and Morton.


The club have had to address a parlous financial situation in recent seasons, and have even lowered the number of police at Firhill on match days in order to lower costs. That has led chairman David Beattie to paint a rather bleak picture for the future of first division clubs.

Pearce tries to increase Baggies stake

West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Pearce is trying to increase his stake in the club from 60 to 65 per cent.   He has written to all shareholders making an offer for up to 500 ordinary shares.   The tender offer is at a price of not less than £1,200 and not more than £1,500 for each share.  Priority will be given to those ordinary shares tendered at the lowest price within the tender price range.

Prospective new Argyle owner meets staff

The prospective new owner of Plymouth Argyle, Devon-based businessman James Brent met with the club's staff and players yesterday to give them assurances about the payment of their wages.   He will also have to find £3.5m to deal with historic wage debts.

Bozza wants Spurs to stay

London mayor Boris Johnson thinks it is imperative that Spurs stay at their North London home in the light of the recent riots.   The Greater London Authority and Haringey Council have put together a £17m package that would relieve Spurs of the requirement to make the community infrastructure payments that planners normally require.   Under the proposal improvements would be made to links t

More pressure on Coventry City owners

Pressure is increasing on Coventry City's owners, Sisu, to reveal who the investors in the club are.  Damian Collins, a Conservative MP who sits on the Culture Sport and Media Committee in the Commons has written to sports minister Hugh Robertson about the ownership question.

League cup seeks new sponsor

It's not the most glamorous competition in football.  Managers often put out reserve sides and only become interested when they realise that there is a prospect of a Wembley appearance and a short cut to a place in Europe.   Now the League Cup is looking for a new sponsor with Carling's £3.5m a year deal which has lasted for 14 years coming to an end when the current competition is completed.

Are attendances declining?

Coventry City have seen a long slow decline in attendance.   Last night's crowd of 12,822 for the game against Blackpool could be one of the smallest in a league game the club has seen for some time.  Poor performances on the pitch, the struggling local economy and discontent with the owners could all play their part.

Atlantic League back on agenda

It's an idea that was first discussed over ten years ago, but Rangers owner Craig Whyte has revived the idea of an Atlantic League.   It would allow Rangers to boost revenues by playing top Dutch and Scandinavian sides.   It could be a stand alone league with Rangers (and presumably Celtic) leaving the SPL or it could be a supplementary league, although in that case it's doubtful if it would generate much revenue.

Everton need new stadium

A new stadium is essential for Everton if they are to be successful according to former chief executive Trevor Birch.  He spent just six weeks at the club before leaving.


It is often overlooked that gate money is still important to a club's overall financial model.   Manchester United can generate £100m a year from this source and Everton just £20m.    To put it another way, United take £3m a game and the Toffees £500k-£700k.

Wrexham deal agreed

The fans are set to become the new owners of Wrexham FC, with a takeover deal completed. Wrexham Supporters' Trust (WST), which has been the preferred bidder, said it would take over the day-to-day running of the club on Tuesday.


Earlier, one of the club's owners Geoff Moss threatened to talk to a rival unless he received a deposit by 5 p.m. yesterday.  A joint statement said a 'suitable financial agreement has been reached'.