Its that time of year when the prizes are handed out, not for Wrexham obviously, and there have been some notable successes by clubs who are either owned by fans or have a large element of fan ownership.
It is worthwhile to list these successes as a counterpoint to the dummy in the pub who tells you that fans ownership is a bad thing and that it can never bring any real success.
The Exiles long journey back to proper football has gathered pace since the Supporters Trust took over a year ago. The club has been transformed and next season will see them battle with the Town for the coveted “THIRD BEST CLUB IN WALES” position. Good luck to them, their ascent can only benefit football in Wales.
On a lesser note the Catalonian giants have just secured the Spanish title for the umpteenth time. Of course their failure to defend their Champions League Title is proof enough that fans run clubs are doomed to fail.
Or is it? The Bavarian maestros go head to head with Internazionale this Saturday in a bid for Euro supremacy. A slap in the face for the boosters of “the best league in the world”. Bayern have just wrapped up another Bundesliga success by the way.
The Grecians survive a last day white knuckle ride to maintain their league status. The West Country club have risen from the BSP to the third division in two seasons.
The Dons enjoy a successful first term in the BSP, finishing 6 points clear of Wrexham.
Add in to the mix the continued success of Swansea City, (20% owned by the trust) and it is clear that fans ownership is not the recipe for disaster that some might believe.
Indeed if we look at the other side of the ownership coin the supporters of –
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Preston North End
Weymouth amongst others might be glancing enviously at the clubs run for the benefit of the community rather than line the pockets of a parasite.
Our good friend Dr John Beech writes the admirable Football Management website. In a recent article he lists the clubs who have appeared in court for winding up orders in February and March.
Crawley Town; 17 March; HMRC; struck out
Farnborough; 17 March; Guideline Coaches; struck out
Portsmouth; 15 March; HMRC; already opted for Administration
Southend United; 10 March; HMRC; adjourned
Cardiff City; 10 March; HMRC; adjourned
Chester City; 10 March 2010; HMRC; company wound up
Burscough; 3 March; HMRC; struck out
Portsmouth; 1 March; HMRC; adjourned
Notts County; 24 February; HMRC; struck out
Crawley Town; 17 February; HMRC; adjourned
Burscough; 17 February; HMRC; adjourned
Southend United; 10 February; HMRC; adjourned
Portsmouth; 10 February; HMRC; adjourned
Cardiff City; 10 February; HMRC; adjourned
Hinckley United; 10 February; HMRC; struck out
Accrington Stanley; 3 February; HMRC; struck out
Just February and March!!
Food for thought indeed.
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