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tfs 020 out now – The finance issue

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Football Supporter (tfs) is out now and in it for the money. For tfs 020 is the finance issue: has football gone to the wall? As clubs around the country teeter on the edge of the abyss we ask where did it all go wrong? From Pompey to Palace, Chester City to Farsley Celtic clubs are going (or have gone) under.

We crunch the numbers, play the blame game and ask who is responsible for football’s financial mess? Owners? The FA? Tax man? Players? Fans? There’s only one way to find out. Get your hands on a copy! Subscribe to tfs for as little as £15 per six issues from this link.

tfs 020 also looks at the history of club ownership, examines the models used at home and abroad, and studies the cases of Chester, Gretna, and Lincoln – clubs who have managed to haul themselves back from the abyss. Speaking of which there’s also special focus on Pompey as we ask the unthinkable. Was their magic carpet ride actually worth every (indebted) penny? Rug from webzine Pompey Vital explains why he wouldn’t change a thing.

Meanwhile tfs regular and FourFourTwo/Guardian/Independent whiz-kid Jonathan Wilson examines the European dimension. We Brits might like to think we’ve invented it all but Jonathan explains how Europe’s other top leagues are equally adept at leaking money like a sieve too.

Along with that there’s also an exclusive interview with ex-England international Viv Anderson and all the usual features, gags, and letters.

Subscribe to tfs for as little as £15 per six issues from this link. Alternatively call 0330 44 000 44 and we’d be happy to take your payment over the phone.

If you’re not a member of the FSF then join today and you’ll be entitled to receive one free copy of tfs delivered direct to your door. We promise, you won’t be disappointed.



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