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Loons post a loss

Forfar Athletic made an operating loss of just under £36,000 in the year ended 31 May 2010.  On a turnover of £261,417, this represents a loss of nearly 14 per cent.

Success brings its challenges to Rovers

When we have discussed the potential impact of Uefa's financial fair play rules on top clubs, we have often referred to Manchester City.   But as a revitalised Blackburn Rovers aims for a place in European competitions, it too needs to get its financial house in order if it is not to fall foul of the new rules.

Queens struggle to pay bills

Queen of the South have had only one home game since November 13th and are struggling to pay their bills.  However, the players' wages have been paid and talk of the club going into administration has been dismissed by the chairman.

Fans are rallying round the Doonhamers.   The Barflies'  supporters group has raised £6,000 and a Facebook campaign aims to raise £50,000.

Argyle on a knife edge

The sale of Bradley Wright-Phillips to Charlton has solved Plymouth Argyle's immediate cash crisis, but the club remains on a knife edge.   The amount the Addicks paid for Wright-Phillips has not been disclosed, but it may be close to Argyle's oustanding £265,000 tax bill which can now be paid, thus staving off the threat of a winding-up order.    Charlton certainly paid less than Reading were prepared to offer earlier in the month, but he faile

See you in court over financial fair play?

What are the chances of a legal challenge to Uefa's financial fair play regulations.  Our legal eagle Duncan McHardy makes an assessment in a contributed article:

Queens fans rally round

Queen of the South has been hit very hard by the winter weather in Scotland.   A number of key home fixtures were postponed, particularly over the festive season.   The club now has cash flow problems and may have to go part-time, although the chairman insists that there is no danger of them going into administration.   Fans have rallied round with a Facebook campaign and are looking into ways of raising funds.

United not for sale

Manchester United is insisting that the club is not for sale and that there have been no secret talks with the Qatari royal family.   That does not, however, rule out the possibility of talks involving intermediaries.

Qatar bid for United moves forward

Ever since they won the right to stage the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been looking for a Premiership club for their trophy cabinet.   Manchester United would be the ultimate trophy, particularly given that another emirate, Abu Dhabi, already owns Manchester City.

Talks started last month with an investment group owned by the Qatari royal family.  However, they were put off by the high price demanded by the Glazers.   They wanted £2bn, whereas Qatar Holdings was prepared to pay £1.5bn max, and arguably that is an over valuation.

Is Vancouver a soccer city?

Vancouver is one of my favourite cities, as it is for many people.  But is it a soccer city?  That question will be soon answered as the Vancouver Whitecaps join America's MLS as its new franchise in March.  That is in spite of the fact that last season they played in America's answer to the English conference.

In the heyday of the NASL the Whitecaps attracted big name players, among them Alan Ball, Terry Yorath and Peter Beardsley.  But when the league folded, they dropped down the pyramid to keep their name alive.

West Ham 'happy' with half empty stadium

As the race for the Olympic Stadium enters its final phase with the bids submitted, it has emerged that West Ham's plan is based on the assumption that it will be half empty for most of the club's matches. A combination of an athletics track and a half empty stadium is not going to create a great atmosphere.