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City spent nearly £1bn in title quest

Manchester City have spent £930.4m in their quest for the Premier League, an innovative survey of football finance by the Daily Telegraph reveals.   If City do win the tiltle on Saturday one can expect a resurgence of complaints from United fans about the policies of the Glazers given that United will have had a season without a trophy.

Rangers 'a step nearer liquidation'

Speaking on Radio 5 this morning the president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly warned that the club was a step nearer liquidation following the withdrawal of Bill Miller as preferred bidder.   Player contracts revert to full wages on June 1st and the club is running out of cash.

Blackburn face meltdown

Paul Hunt, the Blackburn chief executive, warned five months ago in a letter to the club's Indian owners that the future of the club could be under threat unless they sacked Steve Kean and dealt with the crisis at Ewood Park.   He said that significant changes were needed to save the club from relegation and possibly administration.

Darlo to play at Shildon

Darlington are to ground share with Northern League Shildon next season.   This will involve a ten mile journey from Darlington for fans.   The other venue considered at Bishop Auckland would have involved a similar journey.

The worst drop of all

In some ways the drop that clubs fear most is that from League 2 to the Blue Square Premiership.  Half of the clubs in the Conference this season had been Football League clubs at some point in their history. Luton were once in the top flight and Grimsby Town and Stockport County were in the second tier.   There are only two promotion places out of the division, as distinct from four from League 2, and one of those is decided by play offs.

Rovers fans vent fury on Venky's

Blackburn Rovers fans vented their fury at owners Venky's after the 1995 Premiership champions were relegated to the Championship last night.  A chicken in the club colours was thrown on the pitch during the game, mocking the main business of the owners, and Blackburn striker Yakubu had to pick it out of the net.

The Beckham brand

I would be very pleased if a company I had a stake in made returns of 62.5 per cent.   But that was the profit made in 2010 by Beckham Brand, owned by David and Victoria Beckham to exploit the Beckham name.   Admittedly, sales were just £5.6m but they generated £3.5m in profits.

Football dominates sports rich list

Football dominates the annual Sport Rich List for Britain and Ireland published by the Sunday Times yesterday.  48 of the top 100 are drawn from the game.   

However, in terms of wealth, footballers make up only 40.4 per cent of the total of £1.22 billion.  The number of footballers, managers and forner players is down from 58 when the list was first published at 48.   Golf and motor sport tie for second place, each with twelve listings.

Premiership rights auction might suit BSkyB

The proposed shape of the next Premier League rights auction, to cover the three seasons from 2013, may suit BSkyB.  ITV is likely to welcome the proposals which also open up new opportunities for Silicon Valley companies.

Battersea bid gives Chelsea options

The problems associated with developing the 39 acre Battersea power station site to provide a new stadium for Chelsea are formidable.   The 1930s brick building was decommissioned in 1983, but plans to turn it into a theme park, concert venue and offices have all failed.