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at 08:53 28 Mar 2020

Bristol Rovers announce debts of £24m

Bristol Rovers president Wael Al-Qadi has told fans he will protect the club and its staff after the League One outfit announced debts of over £24m.

Rovers made a loss of £3.4m for the year to June 2019, with their financial position also set to be impacted by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Their accounts show the club owe £16.2m to Dwane Sports, an offshore company owned by the Al-Qadi family.

“We are continuing to work to ensure that the club comes out of these tough times in a strong position,” Al-Qadi said in a statement on the club website.

"I understand that many supporters may be concerned about the increasing level of debt.

“However, I want to reassure them that this position in the current football climate is not unusual.

“The debt amounting is internal debt so doesn't affect the day-to-day running of the club, and my commitment to the club and its long-term aims remains as strong as ever.

“Over the course of the 2019-20 season, a series of actions have been taken to substantially reduce the deficit, although the financial implications of the current pandemic will no doubt have an effect on this.”

Bristol Rovers are 14th in the League One table, but the season has been postponed until at least 30 April because of the pandemic.

"The impacts of this virus will hit all areas of the economy hard and football clubs are no different,” Al-Qadi added.

"However, along with our executive team, I am doing all I can to ensure that everyone within the Bristol Rovers family is as secure as possible.”

at 17:19 21 Dec 2019

Martin Peters.
at 19:42 18 Dec 2019

Kenny 'Kipper' Lynch. Passed away aged 81. Those of my age or perhaps even younger will remember his many appearances in films (The Plank, Curry and Chips with Spike Milligan, Carry on Loving) and numerous tv shows, whilst also being a singer/songwriter
And the circus rolls on.
at 16:55 4 Nov 2019

Hibs sacks Paul Heckingbottom. Perhaps they expected him to defeat Celtic in the League Cup semi-final last Saturday.
FA Cup qualifier HT
at 20:54 29 Oct 2019

Haringey 0 Yeovil 1. 'Daggers' plying his trade again.
at 17:54 12 Oct 2019

Southend 1 Wombles 4. Somebody called Ryan Delaney gained a pen for the third and scored the 4th.
See, it is not just Bury who make mistakes
at 09:06 28 Sep 2019

Liverpool face threat of Carabao Cup expulsion after MK Dons win
By Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp handed starts to four teenagers in the third-round win over MK Dons
Liverpool could face expulsion from the Carabao Cup if they are found to have fielded an ineligible player against MK Dons on Wednesday.

The EFL is investigating the third-round win, in which Liverpool fielded four teenagers in the starting line-up.

Sanctions could range from a fine to being ejected from the cup. Liverpool face Arsenal in the next round.

"The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players," a club statement said.

"We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete."

The EFL added: "We are currently considering the matter."

The identity of the player in question has not been disclosed.

In 2014, Sunderland were fined by the Premier League and the EFL after they fielded an ineligible player in four league matches and a League Cup match.

The club admitted they made an administrative error with striker Ji Dong-won but were not deducted points or kicked out of the cup.

Liverpool beat MK Dons 2-0 thanks to goals from James Milner and 17-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever, and are set to host Arsenal at Anfield in the week commencing 28 October.
Lancashire ....
at 15:24 20 Aug 2019

........ defeat Glamorgan by an Innings and 150 runs.
Bolton in trouble again.
at 16:10 19 Aug 2019

Bolton Wanderers: Doncaster Rovers match postponed over welfare concerns

BBC. Breaking news

Bolton Wanderers have postponed Tuesday's League One match against Doncaster Rovers, amid welfare concerns for the young players in their squad.

Financially-stricken Wanderers have been in administration since May.

They were only able to field three senior outfield players for Saturday's 5-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers.

"Whilst the threat of further sanctions is obvious, nothing can be allowed to impact on the welfare of such a young group," a club statement said.

"With so many senior players injured or unavailable, the squad has performed heroically."

Manager Phil Parkinson claimed after the Tranmere defeat that he had written to the English Football League to voice his concerns about player welfare.
at 20:08 17 Aug 2019

What's going on? BBC giving score of Toronto 46 Hornets 0 . 6Match abandoned
BURY off the bottom.
at 17:07 3 Aug 2019

..on goal difference.
Kgosi Ntlhe ...
at 19:24 4 Jul 2019

...... walks away from Dale to sign a one year contract at Scunthorpe.
And so it goes on .........
at 08:41 19 Jun 2019

Garry Monk leaves Birmingham .
From the Beeb
at 11:09 13 Jun 2019

Bolton Wanderers' administrators identify preferred new owner

Bolton Wanderers will have a 12-point deduction applied next season as a result of going into administration
Bolton Wanderers' administrators have identified a preferred new owner to take over the League One club.

Final offers were received from five parties before Wednesday's 16:00 BST deadline.

The successful bid met the criteria outlined by the administrators, including proof of funds for the next two years and EFL approval.

Paul Appleton of administrators David Rubin & Partners hopes a heads of terms agreement will be signed by Friday.

The preferred bidder, who has been notified of their successful offer, has also agreed to inject £1m into the club in order to rebuild the playing squad.

"I am delighted we have been able to reach a more than satisfactory outcome to this stage of the process and I am confident the preferred bidder has the ability to take Bolton Wanderers forward," said Appleton.

"Until that (heads of terms agreement) has been signed, we are still bound by the confidentiality agreement within the process.

"But I can assure all Bolton Wanderers fans that the preferred bidder has both the financial ability and the determination to turn around the fortunes of this great football club."

Wanderers went into administration at the end of a tumultuous season which saw problems on and off the field, and culminated in relegation from the Championship.

A winding-up petition against the club over an unpaid tax bill was suspended by the High Court after the club went into administration, and an emergency food bank was set up to help out staff who had not been paid.

Bolton have also released a list of the 14 players that remain contracted to the club next season, including goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis.

at 16:54 26 May 2019

Sunderland mugs
Anybody else spot ...
at 21:54 13 May 2019

.... Richard 'Wilf' Wild running the line at the Forest Green v Trannie L2 play off game this evening?
at 16:46 4 May 2019

Attendance @ MKD v Mansfield
Few less overnighters next season ..
at 17:58 13 Apr 2019

... for 'fax etc. as Maidstone Aldershot Braintree and Havant dropout of the National League.
[Post edited 13 Apr 2019 18:20]
Several overnighters for 'fax et al eliminated.
at 17:26 13 Apr 2019

As Havant Aldershot Braintree and Maidstone drop out of the National League
From the Beeb
at 14:07 5 Apr 2019

Joe Thompson: Former Rochdale midfielder wins Sir Tom Finney Award

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson's battle against cancer
Former Rochdale player Joe Thompson has been honoured with the Sir Tom Finney Award by the English Football League.

The 30-year-old midfielder retired from professional football in February having twice recovered from cancer.

After his second return in December 2017, Thompson went on to score the goal that saw his side avoid relegation from League One last season.

"For me to win this award is massive and I know all of my family are proud," Thompson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"To be recognised for contributions on and off the pitch is unbelievable as well as the recognition to win such a prestigious award."

Thompson was first diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma while at Tranmere Rovers in 2013 and given the all-clear in 2014.

After being diagnosed with cancer again in March 2017, he was in complete remission by June of that year and returned for the second half of the 2017-18 season.

The award, which has previously been won by former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and ex-Bolton forward Kevin Davies among others, is presented to a player who has had an outstanding career and contributed an exceptional amount to the EFL.

Following his retirement, Thompson said he would pursue a career in motivational speaking, mentoring and the media.

"There's things within football that I have achieved that are brilliant and I would have loved to have achieved more," Thompson added.

"But when you get the whole picture, I'd rather be known as a good person than a good footballer."
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