September 28, 2005

Football chairman gets four years in prison.: Darren Brown, ex-chairman of Chesterfield Football Club, has been sentenced to four years in prison. Claiming to be an entrepreneur, be borrowed money to buy the club, then systematically stripped the club of all it's cash in order to pay back his creditors, almost driving the club out of business.

posted by salmacis to soccer at 05:48 AM - 9 comments

Bruce Sterling (the guy who used to own the LA Kings, not sure if that's the name) but on a smaller, more gentile English scale I guess. Nasty business for fans of the fourth oldest club in the League.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 AM on September 28

There but for the grace of god goes Glazer.

posted by JJ at 10:02 AM on September 28

more gentile English scale What, are the LA Kings jewish? My hometown club, Walsall also had a narrow escape. In 1988 a cockney chancer called Terry Ramsden took over the club. I think it's probably fair to say that Ramsden's business methods were ... unusual.

posted by salmacis at 10:38 AM on September 28

I'm glad I've met you and can picture the face you pulled as you typed the word "unusual" *L*

posted by JJ at 12:03 PM on September 28

Glazer at least has a very public track record with his NFL franchise and building a fairly large non-sports business (which got him the cash to buy the Bucs), I don't see the comparison. The former owner of the Kings, OTOH, spent several years in jail for business fraud.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:50 PM on September 28

There is no comparison - but a Liverpool fan can dream, can't he?

posted by JJ at 04:29 PM on September 28

Hah! Good one, JJ. Well, looks like we had a 0-0 draw w/ Chelsea today to warm us up for the Saturday match with Chelsea. These fixtures are nuts.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:48 PM on September 28

So nuts that the Saturday game is on Sunday.

posted by squealy at 05:54 AM on September 29

Will this madness never end?

posted by JJ at 07:01 AM on September 29

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