When football as spectator sport returns, will we rush to the turnstiles?

IT HAS been a year now since big crowds were allowed inside football stadiums. A whole 12 months and the likelihood is that 2020-21 will be a complete “behind closed doors” campaign. The world’s most popular pastime had been consigned to a TV experience lacking in atmosphere. We’ve actually got used to a game played […]

Nottingham Forest’s accounts – calm before a bigger storm

NOTTINGHAM Forest’s 2019-20 annual accounts were issued this week, revealing a net loss of £ 15.9 million – better than 2018-19 but displaying the symptoms of a club paying out more money than it earns. While the club is actively and demonstrably backed by owner Evangelos Marinakis, who underlined his support recently by converting £ […]

Atlético v Chelsea: A moment of brilliance stops the yawning

FOOTBALL is a results business, so for Chelsea, it was a case of job done in Bucharest. But if it is also deemed to be an entertainment industry, then it was, at times, white handkerchief territory in the Arena Nationala at times.  Curiously, nobody has really considered the pandemic could be a competitive disadvantage for […]

Football clubs need cash and they will source it

THE total cost of the pandemic for top level football is still uncertain, but it is no secret that most clubs have felt the pressure of lost income, compromised commercial and broadcasting deals and the almost total loss of matchday revenues.  What’s more, among the consequences of an industry dependent on mass gathering is a […]

Football fans should not have to pay for lost revenues

SINCE the pandemic stopped normal life in its tracks, football has been bemoaning the loss of significant sums of matchday income that have pushed some clubs to the brink.  Eventually, fans will be allowed back in the stadiums and clubs will start generating cash from admission prices. Some clubs will have suffered more than others […]

Carry on regardless: More than just a moral issue for football

A NUMBER of top managers have questioned the logic behind continuing top level football as a new, more lethal, variant of the covid virus sweeps Britain and is now impacting the game.  The recent FA Cup ties involving Aston Villa and Derby County featured well below full strength line-ups due to players being infected with […]