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A short #watfordfc Hornet Heaven scene from after the Arsenal game yesterday….

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Henry Grover — the man who founded Watford Rovers in 1881 — had a frown on his face.

Bill Mainwood, Hornet Heaven’s Head of Programmes, asked him: ‘What’s puzzling you, Henry?’

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‘Er… it is September 2019, isn’t it, Bill?’

‘Yes, it is, Henry.’

‘In that case, I think the ancient turnstile’s playing up,’ Henry said.

‘Really? Why?’ Bill asked.

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A previous thread explained the differences between a football club’s profit and loss account and its cash flow statement, as it is important to understand where the money has been spent. This thread will look at how this works for each of the 20 Premier League clubs in 2017/18.
#AFC went from £52m operating profit to £42m operating loss, due to lower revenue after failing to qualify for the Champions League, compounded by higher wages and player amortisation plus Wenger pay-off. However, £120m profit on player sales resulted in £70m profit before tax.
#AFC cash flow boosted by favourable £58m movement in working capital (increase in creditors). Spent £29m (net) on players (purchases £110m, sales £81m). Paid £20m for Emirates loan (£11m interest & £9m debt) plus £12m tax. Net cash inflow of £51m was highest in Premier League.
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One of the questions most frequently asked by football fans is “Where’s all the money gone?” The answer is only partly found in a club’s profit and loss account, so we need to also look at the cash flow statement to get the full picture. Some thoughts in the following thread.
A club’s profit and loss account is easy to understand, as it is basically revenue less expenses (mainly player wages), but this is an accounting profit based on the 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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In preparation for the upcoming 2018/19 Premier League season, I thought that it might be interesting to look at the transfer spend over the last decade, including the growing impact on debt. The analysis is split between 3 periods: last 3 years, last 5 years and last 10 years.
The transfer fees spend is taken from the clubs’ cash flow statements, as this is the only completely accurate source of data. However, it is worth noting that this does not always represent the full cost of transfers, due to the (increasing) use of stage payments.
In the very few cases where a cash flow statement was not available, e.g. if a club only published abbreviated accounts while they were in lower leagues, I have taken data for those years from the Transfermarkt website.
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The Premier League has published its TV revenue for the 2018/19 season, ranging from £97m for #HTAFC to £152m for #LFC, who earned more than league winners #MCFC £151m, due to more matches broadcast live. Some thoughts in the following thread.
Each club receives equal shares for 50% of domestic TV £34.4m, overseas TV £43.2m and commercial income £5.0m. Each league position is worth £1.9m (merit payment), while each match broadcast live is worth £1.1m (on top of £12.2m for a minimum of 10 games).
#LFC Premier League TV money increased by £6.5m from £145.9m to £152.4m in 2018/19, due to a £3.6m higher merit payment (for finishing 2nd, compared to 4th the previous season) and £2.4m more from overseas TV deals. Benefited from most live TV games: 29 vs. #MCFC 26.
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Having a pint across the street from Vicarage Road, now is perhaps a good time to tweet-storm about how a kid born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada came to support #WatfordFC
So. Grade 10. A new kid started at my high school who just moved to Canada from England. From Hertfordshire, to be specific.
We shared similar interests. He got into my friend group. And I was just getting back into (association) football after not really having much access to it after the move to Canada.
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Liverpool’s 2017/18 financial results covered a season when they finished 4th in the Premier League and returned to European competition with a bang by reaching the Champions League final, where they were defeated by Real Madrid. Some thoughts in the following thread #LFC
#LFC profit before tax increased from £40m to £125m, as profit on player sales surged £86m to £124m and the impressive Champions League run helped drive revenue up £91m (25%) to a record £455m. Profit after tax improved from £39m to £106m.
All three #LFC revenue streams increased: broadcasting was a substantial £66m (43%) higher at £220m, due to Champions League participation; match day climbed £7m (10%) to £81m, while commercial rose £18m (13%) to £154m, also largely linked to European success.
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Following my recent analyses of where Premier League and Championship clubs source their money and what they spend it on, I received many questions on how a cash flow statement works, so I will explain the mechanics (using Premier League season 2016/17) in the following thread.
Traditionally, supporters have focused on a club’s profit and loss account, which is not surprising, because: (a) that is what the media tend to report; (b) it is intuitively easy to understand, being basically revenue less expenses (mainly player wages).
Nevertheless, the reported figure is an accounting profit, which is not necessarily a “real” cash profit, as it is based on the accountant’s accruals concept and this can be very different from actual cash movements.
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THREAD: 🏴 #PremierLeague strength of schedule breakdown 📊

We rank each side on how many points they can expect to pick up from the next six games using our xG model 👇
1. #ManCity – 14.3 xPoints
City will face sides with an average position of just above midtable over the next six games, looking at average of 2.38 xPoints per game.

#MCFC @City_Watch @City_Chief @SuperbiaProeIia @PicturedCity @City_Xtra @9320pod 👇
2. #LFC – 13.2 xPoints
Liverpool look set to continue their good start to the season. Despite facing #MUFC, we make the Reds’ trip to #WatfordFC their hardest fixture.

@AnfieldEdition @AnfieldHQ @TheRedmenTV @LFCData @anfieldonline @BassTunedToRed 👇
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