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Sheffield Wednesday’s financial results for 2019/20 cover a season when they finished 16th in the Championship, though they have since been relegated to League One. Manager Garry Monk since replaced by Tony Pulis, in turn succeeded by Darren Moore. Some thoughts follow #SWFC
#SWFC swung from £19m profit to £24m loss, largely due to prior year including £38m profit from selling the stadium and a £6.5m “confidential settlement payment”. Revenue fell £1.9m (8%) from £22.8m to £20.9m, while expenses were flat. Profit on player sales rose £3.4m to £6.2m. Image
#SWFC match day fell £2.0m (23%) from £8.6m to £6.6m, while commercial was down £0.4m (7%) from £6.1m to £5.7m, but broadcasting rose £0.5m (6%) from £8.0m to £8.5m. Note: match day and broadcasting not separated in accounts, so I have estimated these based on similar clubs. Image
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Fulham’s financial results for 2019/20 cover a season when they were promoted to the Premier League after just a single year in the Championship, finishing 4th, then winning the play-off under manager Scott Parker. Some thoughts in the following thread #FFC
#FFC pre-tax loss widened from £20m to £48m, as revenue fell £80m (58%) from £138m to £58m, due to relegation to the Championship and the impact of COVID, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £23m to £25m, while expenses were cut £29m (18%). Loss after tax was £45m. Image
#FFC £80m revenue fall was largely driven by broadcasting’s £65m (60%) decrease from £109m to £44m, due to lower TV money in Championship, though commercial also dropped £9m (52%) from £18m to £9m and match day fell £5m (48%) from £11m to £6m. Image
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#CardiffCity 2019/20 accounts cover a season when they finished 5th in the Championship following relegation from the PL, losing in the play-off semi-final. Manager Neil Warnock was replaced by Neil Harris in November 2019, since succeeded by Mick McCarthy. Some thoughts follow.
#CardiffCity swung from £3m profit to £12m loss, as revenue fell £79m (63%) from £125m to £46m due to relegation and COVID, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £12m to £14m, while expenses were down £33m and no repeat of prior year £20m provision for the Sala transfer. Image
#CardiffCity £79m revenue fall was largely driven by broadcasting’s £70m (66%) decrease from £107m to £37m, due to lower TV money in Championship, though commercial also dropped £5m (48%) from £10m to £5m and match day fell £4m (53%) from £8m to £4m. Image
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Stoke City’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 15th in the Championship, two years after relegation from the Premier League. Manager Nathan Jones was replaced by Michael O’Neill in November 2019. Some thoughts in the following thread #SCFC
#SCFC pre-tax loss widened from £15m to £88m, as revenue dropped £21m (29%) from £71m to £50m and profit from player sales fell £15m (83%) from £18m to £3m. Total expenses increased £37m, mainly due to £43m impairment charge (reducing player values). Loss after tax was £86m.
The main reason for #SCFC £21m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £20m (39%) from £51m to £31m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though match day also fell £1.6m (25%) from £6.4m to £4.8m. In contrast, commercial rose £0.9m (7%) from £12.9m to £13.8m.
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#BarnsleyFC 2019/20 accounts covered the club’s first season back in the Championship following promotion from League One, when they narrowly avoided relegation by finishing 21st. Head coach Daniel Stendel was replaced by Gerhard Struber, since succeeded by Valerien Ismael.
#BarnsleyFC are owned by a group of international investors, led by Chien Lee of NewCity Capital and Paul Conway of Pacific Media Group, who follow the “Moneyball” approach of fellow investor, Billy Beane. They bought 80% from former custodian, Patrick Cryne, in December 2017.
Following promotion to the Championship, #BarnsleyFC reduced their loss from £3.4m to just £0.3m, as revenue increased £6.4m (83%) from £7.8m to £14.2m and profit on player sales rose £2.0m to £5.8m, partly offset by expenses growing £5.6m (37%) to £20.5m.
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Queens Park Rangers 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 13th in the Championship, an improvement on the previous year’s 19th place, though the campaign was disrupted by COVID-19. Some thoughts in the following thread #QPR
#QPR loss widened from £10m to £16m, as revenue fell £16m (47%) from £34m to £18m, though expenses were cut £11m (24%) and profit on player sales increased £3m to £6m. Also impacted by £4.5m write-off of previous training ground development.
The main reason for #QPR £16m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £14m (62%) from £22m to £8m, as parachute payments stopped, though gate receipts were also down £1.4m (25%) from £5.4m to £4.0m, while commercial fell £1.4m (19%) from £7.2m to £5.8m.
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Neil Warnock’s #Boro are the strangest team in the Championship for me (Blackburn run them close) I’ve seen them a fair bit this season, and I kinda think they underachieved a bit. Warnock is great at certain things, and has adapted more than people give him credit for (cont)
But they seem so dysfunctional as a club on and off the pitch - I’ll elaborate on the pitch. Depending on what site you use (wyscout, infogol - I’ll be using wyscout) Boro’s numbers has them play offs wise, and their numbers seem different from the performances
So I looked at this - Warnock at his disposal has the 5th youngest squad in the league, they’re 5th per 90 for passes per def action (pressing intensity basically) - which is fine, but then they’re 18th for defensive duels per 90 (cont)
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Swansea City’s 2019/20 accounts covered a season when they finished 6th in the Championship under head coach Steve Cooper, thus reaching the play-offs, but were eliminated in the semi-final by Brentford. Some thoughts in the following thread #Swans
#Swans swung from a pre-tax loss of £7m to a profit of £2.7m, despite revenue falling £18m (27%) from £68m to £50m and profit from player sales dropping £12m (41%) from £30m to £18m, as total expenses were reduced by £40m (38%). Profit after tax was £1.7m.
The main reason for #Swans £18m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £13m (25%) from £52m to £39m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though commercial was also down £2m (26%) to £6m and match day fell £1.7m (26%) to £4.8m. Player loans were down £1.7m to £0.2m.
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West Bromwich Albion’s 2019/20 accounts covered a season when they finished 2nd in the Championship, thus securing promotion to the Premier League after a 2-year absence. Manager Slaven Bilic was subsequently replaced by Sam Allardyce in December 2020. Some thoughts follow #WBA
#WBA pre-tax loss widened from £7m to £23m, mainly due to promotion bonuses and COVID. Revenue fell £17m (24%) from £71m to £54m, while operating expenses increased £19m (22%), partly offset by profit on player sales rising £19m to £29m. Loss after tax up from £6m to £21m.
The main reason for #WBA £17m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £12m (23%) from £53m to £41m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though gate receipts also decreased £2.5m (34%) to £4.8m, while commercial was down £2.4m (22%) to £8.4m.
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#ReadingFC 2018/19 financial results covered a season when the #Royals finished 14th in the Championship. Manager José Gomes was replaced in October 2019 by Mark Bowen, who has since been succeeded by Veljko Paunovic. Some thoughts in the following thread.
This was the third season that #ReadingFC were under the control of Chinese businessman Dai Yongge (and his sister Dai Xiu Li), who own 96% via Renhe Sports Management Co Ltd. Bowen said, “He has spent a hell of a lot of money on the club and still wants to spend money.” Image
#ReadingFC loss increased from £30m to £42m, largely due to no repeat of prior year’s £8m from sale of the training ground and £2m other operating income. Revenue dropped £3m (16%) from £21m to £18m, while profit on player sales fell £0.8m to £1.6m. Expenses cut £2m (3%). Image
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Leeds United’s 2019/20 accounts cover a season when they won the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa, thus securing promotion to the Premier league after a 16-year absence, despite unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #LUFC
#LUFC paid a price for success, as their pre-tax loss widened from £21m to £62m, despite revenue rising £5m (11%) from £49m to £54m, as significant investment led to expenses increasing £44m (52%), including £20m promotion bonuses and £7m TV rebate to broadcasters.
The main reason for #LUFC £5m revenue growth was £7m (25%) increase in commercial income from £27m to £34m (largely merchandising), as gate receipts fell £1.2m (9%) to £11.4m and broadcasting was down £0.5m (5%) to £8.7m. Profit on player sales dropped £6m to £10m.
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Brentford’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing 3rd in the Championship before losing the play-off final to Fulham. Some thoughts in the following thread #BrentfordFC
#BrentfordFC swung from £24m profit before tax to £9m loss, as last year benefited from £14m sale of land. Revenue dropped £1.3m (9%) from £15.2m to £13.9m, while profit on player sales fell £2m to £25m. Investment in the squad meant expenses increased £14m. Loss after tax £10m.
Main driver of COVID-impacted #BrentfordFC revenue decrease was broadcasting, down £1.6m (18%) to £7.3m, while ticketing also fell £0.3m (9%) to £3.1m, partly offset by commercial rising £0.5m (18%) to £3.6m. Other income fell £1.6m to £1.0m, including job retention scheme £635k.
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Middlesbrough’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 17th in the Championship. Neil Warnock replaced Jonathan Woodgate as manager in June. Some thoughts in the following thread #Boro
#Boro swung from £2m profit before tax to club record £36m loss, as finances hit by COVID and expiry of parachute payments. Revenue dropped £36m (65%) from £56m to £19m and profit on player sales fell £30m to £3m, partly offset by £27m (31%) cut in expenses. Loss after tax £31m. Image
All three #Boro revenue streams fell, especially broadcasting, which was down £32m (78%) from £41m to £9m, due to no parachute payment. Also decreases in commercial, down £2.7m (31%) from £8.6m to £5.9m, and gate receipts, down £1.6m (26%) from £6.1m to £4.5m. Image
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Middlesbrough income ⬇️65% and operating losses pre player sales £38 million in year to 30 June 2020 #MFC #Boro
Middlesbrough total losses now total £206 million and club have £147 million of creditors.
All three revenue sources, Matchday, commercial and broadcast down in 2019/20, but end of parachute payments main driver of fall as TV income went from £40m to £8m. Director pay just £2k but main payment coming from elsewhere in Gibson O’Neill empire.
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Nottingham Forest’s 2019/20 financials covered the third season under the ownership of Evangelos Marinakis (80%) and Sokratis Kominakis (20%), when they narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs, finishing 7th, their highest position since 2013. Some thoughts follow #NFFC
#NFFC loss improved by £9m from £25m to £16m, mainly due to a £5m loan write-off. Revenue slightly increased from £25.3m to £25.7m and profit on player sales rose £0.7m to £11.3m, while expenses were down £3m (5%).
There was “significant lost revenue” due to the COVID-19 pandemic (ticketing, retail, catering and hospitality), but #NFFC noted that the impact is not immediately visible, as the club had been “on track to report a record turnover” before the season was suspended in March.
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Players with the most points per game for each team in the Championship 💪

(THREAD 👇)
Wycombe - Jordan Obita

The #Chairboys average 1 point per game in the matches he’s played this season Image
Wednesday - Keiren Westwood/Massimo Luongo

Points per game average when on the pitch: 1.42 ImageImage
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#BristolCity 2019/20 financial results cover a season when they finished 12th in the Championship. Head coach Lee Johnson was replaced by Dean Holden in July 2020. Finances were impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts in the following thread.
#BristolCity swung from £11m profit before tax to £10m loss, mainly due to profit on player sales falling £12m from £38m to £26m, while revenue dropped £3m (10%) from £30m to £27m and expenses rose £6m (10%) to £64m. After tax, £10m profit to £9m loss.
#BristolCity revenue decrease was mainly driven by commercial falling £2.3m (14%) to £13.9m, though match day also dropped £1.2m (21%) to £4.8m, as 5 games were played behind closed doors. On the other hand, broadcasting increased £0.5m (6%) to £8.6m.
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#Millwall 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they improved their position in the Championship from 21st to 8th. Manager Neil Harris left in October 2019, replaced by Gary Rowett. COVID-19 had a substantial impact on the club’s operations. Some thoughts follow.
#Millwall pre-tax loss widened from £0.7m to £10.9m, largely due to profit on player sales dropping £5.3m to £0.1m, though COVID and a run to FA Cup quarter-final prior year meant revenue fell £2.0m (11%) from £18.4m to £16.4m, while expenses rose £2.3m (9%).
#Millwall revenue decrease was largely driven by match day falling £1.3m (23%) to £4.4m,  as 5 games were played behind closed doors, while broadcasting decreased £0.7m (7%) to £9.4m. Commercial income held steady at £2.7m.
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I had a request to look at transfer spend in the Premier League, so I have analysed this over the last 5 years (up to 2018/19, the last season when all clubs have published their accounts). As a Christmas bonus, I have also included the EFL Championship.
In terms of the infamous net spend, the two Manchester clubs have spent most on transfers (#MCFC £639m and #MUFC £590m), followed by #CFC £440m. #AFC fans will be appalled to discover they have spent around the same (£329m) as champions #LFC £337m.
It is striking how low #THFC net spend was, only £63m in the 5 years up to 2018/19, though worth noting that they then splashed out £136m in 2019/20. Lowest spend unsurprisingly at clubs recently promoted from the Championship, i.e. #LUFC £4m and #SUFC £(13)m.
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Nothing should come as a surprise in football, but it was still a shock when Wigan Athletic entered administration this month immediately after the new owners, Next Leader Fund (NLF), took control. This thread looks at how this happened, including #WAFC latest financials.
First up, in November 2018, after 23 years as owners, the Whelan family sold #WAFC to Hong Kong based International Entertainment Corporation (ICE), a company that runs hotel and casino business in the Philippines, for £22m (price £15.9m plus taking on £6.5m loans).
More recently in June 2020, ICE sold #WAFC to NLF for £17.5m, giving ICE a nice £1.6m profit, plus the repayment of the £24.6m they had invested. However, the club was immediately put into administration, as a result of the new owners not putting any more funds into the club.
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Blackburn Rovers’ financial results for 2018/19 covered “a season of consolidation for Tony Mowbray’s men”, as the club finished 15th in the Championship, having secured automatic promotion from League One the previous year. Some thoughts in the following thread #Rovers
#Rovers loss widened by £1.4m from £16.8m to £18.2m, despite revenue increasing by £7.7m (86%) from £9.0m to £16.7m following promotion, as operating expenses grew £8.6m and profit on player sales fell £0.5m to £0.6m.
Main reason for #Rovers £7.7m revenue growth was the higher TV deal in the Championship, which meant broadcasting almost quadrupled, rising £5.5m from £1.9m to £7.4m. There was also good growth in commercial, up £1.2m (28%) to £5.5m, and match day, up £1.0m (35%) to £3.7m.
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#BrentfordFC 2018/19 financial results covered a season when they came 11th in the Championship, their 5th consecutive top half finish, a great achievement for a club with such low income, especially as head coach Dean Smith left for #AVFC in October, replaced by Thomas Frank.
#BrentfordFC swung from £4m loss before tax to £24m, very largely due to £14m sale of land to stadium developers & profit on player sales rising by £13m to £27m. Revenue grew £2.6m (21%) to £15.2m, while expenses were £3.5m higher. Profit after tax was £20m due to £4m tax charge.
All three #BrentfordFC revenue streams grew with broadcasting contributing the largest increase, up £1.6m (23%) to £8.8m, followed by commercial, up £0.7m (30%) to £3.0m, and ticketing income, up £0.3m (10%) to £3.4m. Other operating income (player loans) up £2.3m to £2.7m.
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#ReadingFC 2018/19 financial results covered a season when the #Royals finished 20th in the Championship for the second consecutive year. Manager Paul Clement was replaced in December 2018 by José Gomes, who was in turn succeeded by Mark Bowen October 2019. Some thoughts follow.
This was the second season that #ReadingFC were under the control of Chinese businessman Dai Yongge (and his sister Dai Xiu Li), who own 95% via Renhe Sports Management Co Ltd. Bowen said, “He has spent a hell of a lot of money on the club and still wants to spend money.”
#ReadingFC loss increased by £9m from £21m to £30m, despite revenue rising £3m (18%) from £18m to £21m, and increases in profit on player sales (up £1m to £2m) and property disposals (up £2m to £8m). In contrast, other operating income fell £8m to £2m and expenses were up £7m.
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West Bromwich Albion’s 2018/19 financial results covered a season when they finished 4th in the Championship following relegation, losing in the play-offs semi-final. Manager Darren Moore replaced by James Shan in March, followed by Slaven Bilic in June. Some thoughts follow #WBA
#WBA managed to hold pre-tax losses at £7m, despite a “significant” £54m (43%) reduction in revenue from £125m to £71m, as they cut expenses by £50m and increased profit on player sales by £4m to £10m. After tax, the loss remained at £6m, thanks to a £1m tax credit.
The main reason for #WBA £54m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which nearly halved in the Championship, falling from £102m to £53m, though commercial also decreased £5m (30%) to £11m, while gate receipts were only down £0.1m (2%) to £7.3m.
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