Goldfish, Racehorses and the Ownership of English Football?

Goldfish, Racehorses and the Ownership of English Football?

A seminar at Room 5,
Keppel Street Building,
The London School of Tropical Medicine,

Monday 15th March, 2004 6pm-8pm

Given by:

Simon Banks


Simon Banks is journalist, author and broadcaster who specialises in the political economy of football. His critically acclaimed book Going Down: Football in Crisis (click here to purchasing details) examined the roots of football’s current financial crisis and concluded that radical reform of the sport’s structure and governing bodies was required in order to safeguard the game’s future.

With Leeds United on the verge of bankruptcy, Manchester United being used as a bargaining chip in a dispute over a racehorse, a string of clubs in administration and the Football Association slashing costs as it struggles to fund the building of Wembley Stadium, few would disagree that there is something seriously wrong with English football. In this lecture Banks argues that many recent critiques of the game, among them reports by the All Party Football Group and the Independent Football Commission, fail to address the fundamental issue that is the main barrier to reform; the ownership of professional football clubs.

Banks will claim that the ownership model favoured by English football clubs; limited companies, is anachronistic and that other models need to be adopted if the game is to escape from the cycle of boom and bust that has characterised its recent history. He will examine club ownership in other countries and look at models being adopted by the supporters trust movement.


This is a public lecture to which all are welcome.

For further details contact:


Sean Hamil
Football Governance Research Centre


Tel: 020-7631 6763

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