Insolvency events among English football clubs

John Beech (Head of Sport and Tourism, Centre for the International Business of Sport, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5F, UK)
Simon Horsman (Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting, Coventry University)
Jamie Magraw (Independent Financial Consultant (formerly Head of the Compliance Unit, Football Association))

International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

ISSN: 1464-6668

Publication date: 1 April 2010


This paper identifies five types of insolvency in English football: clubs that have failed to cope with relegation; failed to pay monies due to the UK government; seen 'soft debts' become 'hard debts'; lost the ownership of their stadium; or have been 'repeat offenders'. As the second of a three-phase research project, the paper concludes with an indication of the final phase research and implications of the findings so far for other professional sports.



Beech, J., Horsman, S. and Magraw, J. (2010), "Insolvency events among English football clubs", International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 53-66.

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