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West Ham and the Olympic Stadium: a good deal for whom?

West Ham will be anchor tenants for the Olympic Stadium and whilst Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn is seeking a judicial review of the decision, that is ultimately unlikely to derail the process.

One Sky Blues company goes into administration

Today Coventry City and their owners Sisu were in the High Court in London to face an administration order application from Arena Coventry Ltd. (ACL), the operating company of the Ricoh Arena, but events have taken an unexpected turn. The latest news is that the hearing has been adjourned until Tuesday as it is evident that some complex issues have arisen which require further consideration.

New twist in Portsmouth saga

Most people in football, including the football authorities, would like to see the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) take charge at Portsmouth.   The club has a particularly dedicated set of fans who have suffered a lot.   More generally, it would be a natural experiment that would allow us to see whether a supporters' trust can work at a 'big' club.   Lessons can be learned from any problems that arise and how they are dealt with.

Truro may ground share with Argyle

Truro City, who have been through a very troubled period, may have to share with Plymouth Argyle next season. It is stated that the ground share would only be 'temporary', although this turns out to mean three years. It would face fans with a 107-mile round trip and take the club that aspires to be Cornwall's leading football team out of the county and across the River Tamar into Devon.

Leyton Orient launch Olympic Stadium legal challenge

Leyton Orient are launching a legal challenge to West Ham's sole occupancy of the Olympic Stadium. It was thought that the completion of a deal to give West Ham a 99-year lease was imminent, but it could now be delayed.

Orient want to ground share with West Ham and argue that the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have not followed their own rules in the bidding process. LLDC insist that the processes have been robust, fair and transparent but Hearn says that he has supporting opinions from two Queen's Counsel.

Coventry City FC deny liquidation rumours

The outgoing deputy chairman of Coventry City FC, John Clarke, has denied rumours that the Sky Blues are in imminent danger of liquidation.   There is no sign of a resolution to their year-long rent dispute with ACL who run their stadium at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry sources had suggested that one option being examined was liquidating one arm of the business - Coventry City Football Club Limited.   Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Ltd would then continue as the club's operating and trading company.

Gloucester City AFC get eviction warning

Gloucester City AFC have been told by Cheltenham Town to pay £20,000 they owe in rent and other expenses or they will be evicted from their ground share at Whaddon Road by the end of the month.

The club are thought to owe three months' rent.   They have had difficulty in attracting more than a few hundred to midweek games.   As the most southerly football club in the Blue Square North they also face long away trips such as the 500-mile round trip to Workington in Cumbria last Saturday.

Leicester owners buy stadium

Leicester City’s owners the Srivaddhanaprabha family, have completed the purchase of King Power Stadium.

The purchase of the stadium site by the club’s owners, through their K Power Holdings Co Ltd, from its previous owners, an American pension fund manager, forms a key part of the family’s plans to safeguard the Club’s long-term future.

Return of the New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos were the star team of 1970s soccer in the United States, doing a great deal to spur interest in the game among the young.   In 1975 Pelé signed a contract with them said to be worth $4.75m, making him the highest-paid athlete in the world at the time.  

The squad was full of international greats such as Franz Beckenbauer who had led Germany to World Cup victory in 1974.   As many as 77,000 fans came to the Giants Stadium where the Cosmos played for a time.  Attendances fell when Pelé left in 1977 and eight years later the team was disbanded.

Fifth winding up order for Shrimpers

I don't know whether it's some kind of record but Southend United are facing their fifth winding up petition in four years,   All but one of the previous petitions have involved Revenue & Customs which is the case on this occaion.   The club are due in court on March 18th.

Chairman Ron Martin said that the tax bill would be 'dealt with in the normal order of business', but obviously it was not paid on time, although Revenue & Customs tend to move more quickly on such matters than in the past.