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Six Scottish clubs that went under

With the problems of Rangers multiplying, can you name six other Scottish clubs that went under?  Here's a blog that gives you the answers and provides some fascinating facts about their history.

Brentford plan new stadium

Brentford are planning a new 15,000-seater stadium at Lionel Road which lies between Kew Bridge station and the M4 motorway.   The 7.6 acre site was first identified as a prospective location for a new stadium in 2002.  

It is intended to submit plans to Hounslow Council within a year and to move into the new ground for the start of the 2016-17 season.   It would be possible to expand capacity to 20,000 at a later stage.

Nine Rangers players seek an exit

Nine senior Rangers players are insisting that they are free agents and can leave the club in the wake of its liquidation.   The Charles Green consortium is taking an uncompromising position, well aware that the club's depleted assets would shrink further if it loses the players' transfer values.   The club said that it would be filing claims for breach of contract.

Auditors raise doubts over Sky Blue accounts

The auditors of Coventry City Football Club, BDO, have raised doubts over the club's accounts.  They said there was a 'fundamental uncertainty' over a series of key issues.   Auditor Julian Rye stated in his report, 'These conditions ...

Sunderland secure African sponsorship deal

Sunderland AFC have secured a unique African sponsorship deal with Invest in Africa.   The team will wear the logo of the not-for-profit organisation on their shirts for the next two years.   Tullow Oil, Africa's largest independent oil company, is the founding partner in an initiative which seeks to promote fresh investment in the continent.

Uefa's fines bonanza

Uefa have been able to raise nearly £335,000 in fines on teams taking part in Euro2012.   Mind you, that's only 0.2 per cent of the £158m prize money.

The Russians have racked up almost £150,000 in fines together with a suspended six point deduction for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.   Croatia have picked up £85,000 in penalties for the behaviour of their fans with Germany being charged £8,000 for the same offence along with England (£4,000) and Poland (£3,200).

Germans claim win in shirt sponsorship league

According to a new report from International Marketing Reports, overall primary shirt sponsorship deals have a greater value in the English Premiership, but averaged by club, the Germans just edge it.

For the 2010/11 season, total shirt sponsorship for the Premier League amounted to €128m whereas Bundesliga clubs achieved €121m.   However, given that the Premiership has two more clubs, the average deal value was €6.4m compared with €6.72m in Germany.

Absence of Rangers could hit Motherwell

Motherwell are concerned that they could be tipped into administration if Rangers are thrown out of the Scottish Premier League (SPL).   However, they also think they could take a hit if Rangers stay in because fans might boycott the game.

Fergie could face huge tax bill

Sir Alex Ferguson and Sven Goran Eriksson are among a number of sporting personalities and City figures who could face huge individual tax bills after a scheme to reduce their liabilities backfired.  The 289 investors in Eclipse 35 could end up paying several times more than the £117m of tax they sought to avoid.

Predictors of Euro2012 success

Out of a range of socio-economic and political predictors of a country's success in Euro 2012, the one that works best is the age of consent.   The lower the age of consent, the better a country has done.  It's clearly what's called a spurious correlation that does not reveal a real cause and effect pattern, but quite what it's masking is unclear.