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West Bromwich Albion’s 2020/21 accounts covered a season when they finished 19th in the Premier League, leading to relegation to the Championship. Coach Slaven Bilic replaced by Sam Allardyce in December 2020, subsequently succeeded by Valerien Ismael, then Steve Bruce #WBA
#WBA swung from £23m pre-tax loss to a small £0.1m profit, as revenue almost doubled from £54m to £107m following promotion to the Premier League, though profit on player sales fell £25m to £4m and operating expenses rose £4m (4%) in the top flight.
Main driver of #WBA £53m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £56m from £41m to £97m, due to the more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also grew £2m (21%) to £10m. This offset the COVID driven reduction in gate receipts, down £4.8m (98%) to just £74k.
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Analyzing all #BarclaysWSL teams' 1st pass after their kickoffs from 18/19 to 20/21

🔑 Takeaway: Some teams do have different tactics overall &/or for different game states

🧵 is alphabetical, so starting with @ArsenalWFC

Always more long & less accurate passes when losing!
For @AVWFCOfficial there's just the one season.

Ignore winning game states since there were only 2... but they exclusively played very long balls up the pitch when drawing, but were more conservative while losing (with some long balls as well, but not just long passes)

#AVFC
Now @BCFCWomen

Small sample again for winning game states. But they also changed their tactics over these 3 seasons, opting for more long passes across them. But not much of a pattern when breaking down by game state. Usually a lil less accurate when drawing tho

#BCFC #BCFCW
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🧵 I try to watch as much of the Chelsea Loanees as I can, but I can't watch every minute, so I reached out to one fan of every club with a Chelsea Loanee, to get the best opinion on their season...

Here we go: [A THREAD] 🪡
Nathan Baxter: 8.5/10

After starting as 2nd choice, Baxter came in & solidified a nervy defence.

Natural communicator, good with his feet & excellent shot-stopper, Baxter quickly became a fan favourite.

His ball playing ability, short & long, was crucial to our system. #hcafc
Nathan Baxter (continued): 8.5/10

Baxter has a great future.

He has the potential to become Chelsea No. 1 in the future, but I’m not sure how long he will wait. #CFC

He seems very ambitious & he wants to play. If he found the right club, I think he'd leave his boy hood team.
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Birmingham City’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 18th in the Championship, a slight improvement on previous season’s 20th place. Head coach Aitor Karanka was replaced by Lee Bowyer in March 2021. Some thoughts in the following thread #BCFC
#BCFC loss narrowed from £18.2m to £4.8m, largely due to profit on player sales rising £15m to £27m, thanks to Jude Bellingham’s move to Borussia Dortmund. Revenue dropped £9.1m (40%) from £22.8m to £13.7m, due to COVID, partly offset by expenses falling £7m (14%).
COVID drove reductions in match receipts, down to zero from £4.7m, and commercial, which more than halved from £9.3m to £4.4m. In contrast, broadcasting rose £0.5m (5%) to £9.3m, while other operating income increased £0.3m to £1.8m, including £659k COVID grant.
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How about a thread of as many Joey Beauchamp OUFC goals as we can find in the depths of YouTube? Please chip in if you find any, but let's try as much as possible to keep them in order. And where else to start, but this, his first for #OUFC. #1
Here's number #2. No, not THAT one against Tranmere, but another earlier in the season. #oufc #joeybeauchamp
Number #3. I was at this game. But haven't seen it since. What a find in the depths of YouTube. Great strike from, er, Joey Bowchamp. #oufc
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After I put together a thread looking at the financial trends in the Premier League over the last 10 years from 2011 to 2020, a few people asked me if I could do the same for the EFL Championship. So here are the finances for England’s second tier over the last decade.
This analysis comes with caveats, as not all Championship clubs published accounts in the last decade, e.g. Derby County in 2019 and 2020. Also no accounts for clubs in administration, e.g. Portsmouth (2011 & 2012), Bolton Wanderers (2018 & 2019) and Wigan Athletic (2020).
Nevertheless, the themes and trends can still be highlighted, including the impact of COVID in the last three months of 2020. We will also feature some comparisons with the Premier League to illustrate the immense differences between England’s top two divisions.
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This is a brilliant thread 🧵by @uglygame

A fraudster with a shady #Crypto company looking to invest in football clubs (#PerthGlory / #Nantes)

It's a great tale - It also links to some seriously questionable characters...

#ChristopherSamuelson
⚽️💸🤔
The link is #AlanJohnFrankHitchins

#Portsmouth & #AstonVilla fans may have seen his name before.

Think mining scams, laundering money via offshore & criminal networks

fansnetwork.co.uk/football/ports…
Mining scams can be a brilliant way to con investors (pump & dump) and because of their erratic revenue streams & international make-up, they can be great vehicles to launder money through.

Maybe if you've just robbed a bank and need a getaway vehicle 💸

theguardian.com/football/2015/…
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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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Birmingham City’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 20th in the Championship, narrowly avoiding relegation. Manager pep Clotet was replaced by Aitor Karanka in August 2020, since succeeded by Lee Bowyer. Some thoughts in the following thread #BCFC
#BCFC loss increased from £8.4m to £18.2m, as prior year included £17m profit on the sale of the stadium, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £7m to £12m. Revenue fell £0.5m (2%) from £23.3m to £22.8m, while expenses were flat overall.
COVID-19 impacted #BCFC revenue with match receipts falling £0.4m (8%) to £4.7m, while commercial was down £0.9m (9%) to £9.3m. In contrast, broadcasting rose £0.9m (11%) to £8.8m, while other operating income increased £0.9m to £1.5m, including £819k COVID grant.
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"Zulu", do Birmingham @BCFC, marchando ontem contra o racismo.

A origem do nome: torcedor do clube estava em um jogo, olhou ao redor, viu tantos negros que "achou" que estava no filme "Zulu". Os blues adotaram o nome.


#BCFC
A referência à Jamaica não é fortuita, uma vez que a música jamaicana teve forte impacto no movimento de contracultura local, em especial à luta antirracista. O contexto era de aumento de fluxos migratórios das antigas colônias.

Também era o contexto de forte crescimento da xenofobia e movimentos ultra-nacionalistas, inclusive dentro das torcidas inglesas. O National Front, partido fascista local, produzia zines e eventos para arregimentar esse segmento social de jovens brancos empobrecidos via racismo.
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Birmingham City’s 2018/19 financial results covered a season when they finished 17th in the Championship after being deducted 9 points by the EFL for breaches of Profitability and Sustainability rules. Manager Garry Monk replaced by Pep Clotet in June. Some thoughts follow #BCFC
#BCFC loss before tax improved from £37.4m to “only” £8.4m, primarily as a result of £17.2m profit on the sale of the stadium, though revenue rose £4.2m (22%) from £19.1m to £23.3m, while profit on player sales doubled from £2.1m to £4.4m and wages fell £5.8m (15%) to £32.8m.
Almost all of #BCFC £4.3m revenue growth came from commercial, which increased £3.7m (57%) from £6.5m to £10.2m, though there were also some small increases in other revenue streams: broadcasting was up £0.4m (6%) to £8.0m, while match receipts were £0.1m (2%) higher at £5.2m.
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I recently wrote about the importance of the cash flow statement in assessing the financial performance of a football club, focusing on the Premier League. Since then I have had a few requests to do the same for the Championship, so let’s take a look in the following thread.
A club’s profit and loss account is easy to understand, i.e. basically revenue less expenses (mainly player wages), but this is a notional profit based on the accountants’ accruals concept, which can be very different from actual cash movements.
This is important, as the main reason that football clubs fail is cash flow problems. It does not matter how large your revenue is (or your profits are), if you do not have the cash to pay your players, suppliers or indeed the taxman, then you will find yourself in trouble.
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Sheffield Wednesday have finally published their accounts for the 2017/18 season, when they finished 15th in the Championship. Manager Carlos Carvalhal left the club by mutual consent in December, to be replaced by Jos Luhukay. Some thoughts in the following thread #SWFC
As a technical point, it’s worth noting that #SWFC have changed their accounting close date from May 31st to July 31st, so the 2017/18 accounts covered a 14 month period, meaning a small £1.2m increase in turnover, but an additional 2 months of expenses.
#SWFC swung from a £20.8m loss to a £2.6m profit, entirely due to £38m once-off profit from selling the Hillsborough stadium. Revenue was only up £1.8m (8%) to £25.2m, while expenses surged £18m (41%) to £63m. Profit on player sales rose £1.7m to £2.3m.
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Sunderland’s 2017/18 financial results covered a second successive relegation. Having finished bottom of the Premier League in 2016/17, they repeated this feat in the Championship to drop into League One. Some thoughts in the following thread #SAFC
This was the last season under former owner Ellis Short before Stewart Donald bought the club in May 2018. Since then, the financial picture at #SAFC has greatly changed, but it is still instructive to look at these financials to understand the reasons for their fall from grace.
Following relegation #SAFC loss almost doubled from £10.2m to £19.9m, as revenue basically halved from £123.5m to £63.7m and profit on player sales fell £26.5m to £6.6m. Offset by once-offs: £8.2m profit on sale of Charlie Hurley Centre; no repeat of 16/17 £9.7m Alvarez payment.
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Although Derby County’s fans will be bitterly disappointed after losing to Aston Villa in the 2018/19 Championship play-off final, it might still be worth looking at their 2017/18 accounts to show how the club is trying to meet its financial challenges. Some thoughts follow #DCFC
#DCFC went from a £7.9m loss to £14.6m profit, mainly due to £40m from selling & leasing back Pride Park Stadium. Revenue was only up £0.6m (2%) to £29.6m, though this was the club’s highest in the Championship without parachute payments. Profit on player sales fell £12m to £4m.
Main reason for #DCFC revenue increase was an away FA Cup game at Manchester United, which meant match receipts were up £0.5m (5%) to £9.1m. Broadcasting also rose £0.2m (2%) to £8.1m, due to higher Premier League solidarity payment, but commercial was down £0.1m to £12.4m.
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Brentford’s financial results for 2017/18 covered “yet another season of consolidation and progress”, when the Bees finished 9th in the Championship under head coach Dean Smith, their fourth consecutive top 10 place. Some thoughts in the following thread #BrentfordFC
#BrentfordFC loss widened from £1.0m to £3.9m, due to “increased football related costs”. Revenue was stable at £12.7m, due to ”similar on-pitch performance and attendance year-on-year”, while profit on player sales rose £1.3m to £14.1m.
#BrentfordFC revenue was flat at £12.7m, as ticketing income fell £0.4m (12%) to £3.1m, offset by increases in commercial, up £0.3m (15%) to £2.3m, and broadcasting, up £0.1m (2%) to £7.3m. Other operating income dropped £0.3m to £0.2m.
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Leeds United’s 2017/18 accounts covered the first season under owner Andrea Radrizzani, when they finished a “disappointing” 13th in the Championship, sacking two head coaches (Thomas Christiansen & Paul Heckingbottom), before appointing Marcelo Bielsa. Some thoughts follow #LUFC
#LUFC posted a £4.3m loss, compared to a £1.0m profit the previous season, despite revenue growing £6.6m (19%) from £34.1m to £40.7m and profit on player sales doubling from £9m to £18m, due to “investment in both player registrations and salaries and scouting expenses”.
The main reason for #LUFC £6.6m revenue growth was a £5.5m (33%) increase in commercial income to £21.8m (catering, merchandising and the Selby-Warrington boxing fight), though gate receipts also rose £1.1m (11%) to £11.3m. Broadcasting was flat at £7.7m.
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Aston Villa’s 2017/18 financial results covered their second season in the Championship with Tony Xia as chairman following relegation from the Premier League. They finished 4th, but narrowly missed out on promotion after losing in the play-off final. Some thoughts follow #AVFC
Following that defeat, #AVFC “experienced significant liquidity problems”, including a missed tax payment to HMRC, which led to a rescue by billionaire businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, who injected £68m of funding with NSWE SCS becoming the club’s controlling owners.
#AVFC loss increased by £21m from £15m to £36m, as revenue dropped £5m (7%) from £74m to £69m and profit on player sales fell £11m from £27m to £16m. On the other hand, the club received £3m compensation for HS2 rail project, which will go through part of the training ground.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2017/18 financial results covered a successful season, when the club was promoted to the Premier League as champions after a six-year absence, led by head coach Nuno Espirito Santo under the ownership of Fosun International. Some thoughts follow #WWFC
#WWFC loss shot up from £23m to a breathtaking £57m, largely due to increased expenditure on players and wages plus an estimated £20m on bonuses and additional transfer fee payments following promotion.
#WWFC revenue rose 11% (£2.6m) from £23.8m to £26.4m, as commercial increased £1.4m (15%) to £10.6m and gate receipts were up £1.3m (20%) to £7.8m, but broadcasting was flat at £8.0m. Profit on player sales was £5.9m higher at £8.1m.
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Preston North End’s 2017/18 financial results covered a season when they finished in an impressive 7th place in the Championship , just missing out on the play-offs. Alex Neil replaced Simon Grayson as manager in July 2017. Some thoughts in the following thread #pnefc
#pnefc made £2.6m profit before tax compared to a £0.4m loss the prior season, even though revenue fell very slightly (1%) to £13.3m. In contrast, profit on player sales increased £7.5m to £9.7m. Profit after tax up from £0.9m to £2.6m, as there was a £1.3m tax credit in 2016/17.
#pnefc £0.2m revenue decrease was due to falls in both match day, £0.3m (8%) to £3.4m, and commercial, £0.2m (6%) to £2.8m. This was partially offset by a £0.3m (5%) rise in broadcasting, due to a higher solidarity payment.
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Nottingham Forest’s 2017/18 financial results covered the first full season under the ownership of Evangelos Marinakis (80%) & Sokratis Kominakis (20%), who bought the club in May 2017 from Fawaz Al-Hasawi, when they finished 17th in the Championship. Some thoughts follow #NFFC
#NFFC reported a £6m loss before tax compared to a £32m the prior season, though the £38m drop is a bit misleading, as it was largely due to loan write-offs decreasing from £40m to £5m. Revenue rose £1.9m (9%) to £22.7m, but profit on player sales fell £4.7m to £10.1m.
#NFFC £1.9m revenue increase was due to more broadcasting revenue from the EFL, up £0.8m (10%) to £9.0m, and higher ticketing income, up £0.9m (14%) to £7.4m, as attendances grew by 21%. Commercial income was flat overall at £5.2m, while player loans rose £0.2m to £1.1m.
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Sheffield United’s 2017/18 financial results covered their first season back in the Championship after six years in League One, when they mounted an unlikely challenge for a play-off place before finishing a creditable 10th. Some thoughts in the following thread #SUFC
#SUFC reduced the loss from £5.7m to £1.9m, highlighting the “significant impact” of promotion. Revenue rose 76% (£8.7m) to £20.0m, but this was more than offset by the cost of operating in a higher division, as wages rose £8.9m (89%) to £19.0m & other expenses up £1.9m to £8.5m.
However, it is worth noting that #SUFC lower loss is essentially driven by higher profit on player sales, which rose £5.6m to £8.4m. If this is excluded, loss was actually larger in the Championship than League One. In addition, no repeat of prior season £0.6m player impairment.
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