Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

Glazers

For the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding member of STAR (the Supporters’ Trust at Reading). Jon is also a regular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this? Jon can be followed on twitter at @urzz1871. … Remember the days when hardly anyone knew who owned their football club? Or if they did, they cared even less? When the only time you heard about a club’s…

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

Tan

When Vincent Tan, the Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, made the – apparently unilateral – decision to change the club’s colours from blue to red, I posted a few remarks on Twitter intended to express some solidarity with those Cardiff supporters who felt that this change was the last straw. Some fans had even made the painful decision to stop going to watch their own club as a result. I’ve long had an interest in football history and its emblems and wrote a blog about the subject in 2012. I can’t remember the exact words of my tweet but it…

The Two Unfortunates in 2014-5

Kiev 057

In recent weeks, several of the longest standing and best football blogs of recent years have announced changes in direction while others have decided to call it a day altogether. Similarly, here at The Two Unfortunates, time pressures have become a key factor and hence, we have devised a new plan for the website in 2014-5. From now on, the intention will be to publish a cluster of posts each month on a particular theme. Long standing readers will remember that we have dabbled with this format before and our Geographies of Football and Turmoil Week series of posts have…

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Premier League Preview 2014-5

Nudge

Our divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over finally closed its doors after a decade. Here, Ben gives a club-by-club lowdown on the top echelon of English football. Arsenal It’s taken a while, but at long last Arsène Wenger seems to…

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2014-5

Hornets

Following on from John McGee’s freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season’s Championship – a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches – apart from Blackpool. If the written word isn’t enough, all three of our previewers can be heard expounding in person on the same issues on three special editions of the…