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Celtic's success hits SPL attendances

Celtic's runaway success in the Scottish Premier League may be hitting attendances as fans lose interest in a one horse race.

A critical match for Hamilton Academicals with Aberdeen saw just 2,006 fans in the 5,500 seater stadium with just two lonely souls in the East Stand.   Hamilton's average attendance this season has shrunk from 3,024 to 2,584.

Motherwell in fan ownership

After a process that began in 2015, Motherwell FC have gone into fan ownership.  As some of those involved point out, the challenge now is to make it work.   It will require additional financial support from fans.

AFC Telford recently abandoned fan ownership, becoming the fifth club to do so.  Notts County, York, Chesterfield and Stockport County also revered after failing to make a success of supporter ownership.

SPL clubs in financial trouble

Clubs in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League are facing increasing financial difficuilties according to the latest annual survey of finance directors by accountants BDO.   There is a stark contrast with the situation of English Premier League clubs, three-quarters of whom state they are in a very healthy financial position.

Jam tarts kit disaster

I have just returned from a visit to Scotland and there has been much attention given in the media to the new away kit for Hearts.

Relegation challenge for Dundee United

As relegation beckons for Dundee United, this report looks at the financial challenges faced by the club. The club's external debt is now down to £1.25m.   However, that is secured against the stadium.  Although fans have expressed fears about going into administration, this seems unlikely, as the club's home would be at risk.

Relegation would hit Dundee United hard

Relegation from the Scottish Premier League would hit Dundee United hard, chairman Stephen Thompson has warned.   His family would not go on ploughing in money into the club in the long term.

The club has the 3rd biggest wage bill in the Premier League and has spent £650,000 on transfer fees in the last 18 months which is, of course, a small sum by the standards of the English Premier League. Thompson blames their present plight on poor player recruitment last summer.

Scottish league game to be played abroad?

The idea of Premiership games playing league games abroad was knocked on the head by the football authorities after an unfavourable reaction by fans.   It seemed as if globalisation in football did have some limits.

What is the point of Dundee United?

This might seem an odd question to ask, at least from the viewpoint of the club's fans.   If nothing else they exist to compete with Dundee whose ground is on the same street and overlaps with theirs.

However, the point of this article is that under owner Stephen Thompson everything has been made subservient to a business model at the expense of sporting success.   With a managerial change taking place, just what is the job description?

Celtic turn profit into loss

Celtic have turned a £4m profit into a £11m loss in the year to 30 June.  The explanation is a failure to reach the group stages of the Champions League and a reduction in transfer income.  Revenue fell by over a fifth to £51.1m.

Scottish football getting its finances in order

Scottish football is starting to get its finances in order according to the latest survey by a firm of accountants.   However, despite greater prudence, only one Premier League club expects to make a profit after player trading and depreciation.