Buying a Football Club

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  1. thinkandgrowrich

    thinkandgrowrich UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hello

    I am planning on buying a football club within the next 3 years around step 10 of the English football pyramid. I have undertaken some significant research into it, along side professional administrative and media experience in the football industry.

    Successfully running a football club comes down to many things, including:

    1. Financial management
    2. Club Development Plan
    3. Community involvement
    4. Quality personnel at all levels
    5. Considered ambition

    Some things to consider:

    LOCAL AMENITIES

    1. Airport within a 20 mile radius
    2. Train station within walking distance
    3. Good local taxi firm
    4. Near a town centre
    5. Local access to astroturf or school/sports ground
    6. Local hotel or B&B

    MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

    1. A professional website with messageboard
    2. Email membership list
    3. Matchday programme (doesn't need to be OTT, but tidy and professional)
    4. Sponsorship information sheet
    5. Photography and video - A local college or university will usually provide equipment and there are plenty of budding media students looking for experience. I started taking photos for a club in the lower leagues before a career that included taking photos of David Beckham playing for England. Photos and video will attract people to the website and can be used in the programme.

    GROUND FACILITIES

    1. On-site club house and/or local friendly pub (that accepts football fans)
    2. Electricity points (and wifi/internet access either from the ground or locally) for photographers and journalists, though you'd be unlikely to get much in the way of press unless you get a big FA Cup game or a famous former player is playing.
    3. Either permanent or removeable pitchside advertising board of local shops/businesses

    SUPPORTERS

    1. A supporters club is absolutely vital
    2. Group of volunteers
    3. Rebrand the logo but have the supporters vote (many clubs change logo without asking the fans first)

    I hope that information helps, and if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. My email is: thinkandgrowrich(at)gmail(dot)com

    Good luck,

    Danny
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: thinkandgrowrich Member since: Aug 1, 2009
  2. If Only

    If Only UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Ha ha ha, I'm with ryansrs1, this thread is a total joke.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: If Only Member since: May 24, 2009
  3. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
  4. If Only

    If Only UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    UKBF syndicate? I'd be up for that.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: If Only Member since: May 24, 2009
  5. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    I could only afford maybe 10% but i think it could potentially be a good buy?

    Some people on here have a lot of good business contacts, mix a few of those together and the money could be rolling in.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
  6. thinkandgrowrich

    thinkandgrowrich UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    This thread isn't a total joke, people are serious about buying football clubs and football won't survive without investment. But running a club isn't just about putting money in, it's about considering all the fine details, some of which I've listed above. Plus over 3,500 views, I think you're joking...
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: thinkandgrowrich Member since: Aug 1, 2009
  7. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    I dont think he meant the thread as such, more like some of the comments made in it.

    Personally i think some of the posts made are quite cringeworthy.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
  8. If Only

    If Only UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Absolutely correct tony84.

    I'd hate to think that the bank wouldn't back my business plan because I didn't have a good local taxi firm, and I had forgotten to incorporate a matchday programme.

    Still, its good to have some light relief.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: If Only Member since: May 24, 2009
  9. cal900

    cal900 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    A few things to note.

    The English football pyramid stops at step 7 so your going to be buying a park side.....?


    There is not a single small club which makes money..... Let alone a park side, so how will you?
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: cal900 Member since: Mar 19, 2009
  10. thinkandgrowrich

    thinkandgrowrich UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    If Only - You replied by quoting my post, hence my reply directly to you. Appologies for any misunderstanding on my part.

    Cal900 - Absolutely right - a park side. Starting from grass-roots and work up through the pyramids. You need mega bucks to buy any side of note, and doing it the Sunday League was will take 20 years, but is achievable with a decent plan, serious ambition and only a few grand. I belive it can be done.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: thinkandgrowrich Member since: Aug 1, 2009
  11. BusinessChump

    BusinessChump UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    No it doesnt - The Bristol area for example goes to about step 14 or 15

    http://www.thepyramid.info/asp/pyramid3.asp
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: BusinessChump Member since: Oct 13, 2008
  12. Esk247

    Esk247 UKBF Legend Free Member

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    well this all comes back to what i was saying in my other post....don't bother buying one thats already failed and already has huge bills to pay and sceptical fans..start from the beginning, youth coaches, uni-students who are doing a sports course/coaching badges..then put your team together from volunteers...tada...then you just need to find a place to play, which can be more difficult as you're not allowed to just start playing in a park.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: Esk247 Member since: Oct 6, 2008
  13. ryansrs1

    ryansrs1 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Ive got a subbuteo team thats struggling and needs a cash injection. We own our own pitch/cloth but have no stands yet, also some of the players are badly injured but can play with the help of some blu-tak or glue.

    If anyone can help, please get in touch.

    J
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: ryansrs1 Member since: May 4, 2008
  14. If Only

    If Only UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but all of a sudden I am glad that Bates is in charge at Leeds.
     
    Posted: Aug 2, 2009 By: If Only Member since: May 24, 2009
  15. thinkandgrowrich

    thinkandgrowrich UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Totally agree with that ^
     
    Posted: Aug 3, 2009 By: thinkandgrowrich Member since: Aug 1, 2009
  16. bestforsextoys

    bestforsextoys UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hehe

    Just set up your own football club

    Austin
     
    Posted: Aug 3, 2009 By: bestforsextoys Member since: Jun 12, 2009
  17. cal900

    cal900 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Answer me this.

    Why does no small club make any money?

    What are you going to do different which will change things?
     
    Posted: Aug 3, 2009 By: cal900 Member since: Mar 19, 2009
  18. MrManchester

    MrManchester UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    im actually part owner of a football club, FC United :D

    love united, hate glazer :)
     
    Posted: Aug 3, 2009 By: MrManchester Member since: Jun 29, 2009
  19. cal900

    cal900 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    :rolleyes:

    No offence but that is the most pointless protest ever.
     
    Posted: Aug 3, 2009 By: cal900 Member since: Mar 19, 2009
  20. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Its turned out to be. But at the time everyone thought united would be taken over, dumped with £300 million debt, all the best assets sold off (in effect most of that has happened) but nobody was expecting signings such as Rooney, Vidic etc etc.

    Im a united fan and after all the hype was against glazer but in fairness they have done everything right (except load up with a £300 million debt).
     
    Posted: Aug 3, 2009 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
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