I Bought A Football Club - Stephen Cleeve Chairman King’s Lynn Town FC
A real insight into the behind the scenes workings of a football Club. Stephen Cleeve bought King's Lynn Town FC in 2016 and helped take them from the Southern League to the National League. He shares with you the trials and tribulations of running a football club and gives you some thought provoking insight into the world of football.
Lots to cover as not only do we give the real figures behind the Ivan Toney deal, we speak about Macclesfield and their owner , League 1 and League 2 clubs that made money pre COVID, why I had to strip our President of his title, Kit deals and lots more as we deal with the behind the scenes running a football club.
We talk data and who owns it with Russell Slade who has managed many clubs including Notts County, Cardiff City, Brighton and Sheffield United to name just a few. Fascinating chat which reveals that some betting companies and software manufacturers might be in for a rude awakening. I cover Salary caps and the impending court cases, Wigan, Crowds, female managers and why there are no gay footballers.
Episode 17 - What’s right about the owners and directors test - an alternative viewpoint? Wigan FC - a possible reason why the club failed and the good and the bad news with Salary Caps that could be coming into the League and Non League. I speak with Richard Thorndike the Chairman of Alvechurch FC who talks about why they went from one end of the table to the other, how they are growing and his launch of a revenue source for all non-league clubs
We talk about fan owned clubs - are they a good idea? Also what’s going on at Hereford and what’s going on in football and more on what’s wrong with the academy system. I update on where we are at the club, discuss season tickets and pricing rationale and the pathway into King’s Lynn for youngsters.
10pm on Friday night and I bring you the latest news with Trevor Brock whose club Havant and Waterlooville are in the runners up spot in the NLS. We discuss what’s happening behind the scenes and it should put a smile on York City and H&W fans with info you will not fins anywhere else
A quick run down of the various options, explaining what could happen and there are one or two options that no one has been discussing so I explain what could happen and what I think will happen. I also explain why it is very dangerous for any NL club to vote Null and Void
We talk about what the Americans can teach the British about the beautiful game, life and plans for Cambridge United FC, David Beckham, USA. I chat about Asante’s big money move to Gloucester, the 30% wage cut that is coming for League 1 and 2 players next season and how King’s Lynn is surviving in these difficult times.
Great discussion that covers why Chris is setting up a new club in Wakefield, we find out why Chris turned down Watford for Sunderland as a player, we chat about Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, Chesterfield and Hartlepool. Chris has been a player, manager and CEO so has seen the game from all sides and we discuss what needs to change in the beautiful game
Episode 9 brings you up to date with events in football and speaks with Spencer Fearn who bought East Stirlingshire the worst team at the time in British football and later became vice chairman at Stockport and is now a coach at Sheffield Wednesday. We talk about Sir Alex, and another Alex, none other than Alex Brown who Spencer had on his radar for another club.
Ray Hall explains why any 6 year old can be a Premier League player by following his guidelines. Ray shares his Wayne Rooney stories and answers the question “Are great players born or nurtured.” Ray also explains what is wrong with academies these days and why the current crisis may be good news for young footballers. I answer your questions, give my views on what will happen this season and what the future has in store for football
Dan Chapman joins me to discuss being a lawyer and a football agent. We discuss Grant Holt, Simon Power, how Birmingham can get such a huge fee for Jude Bellingham when he is too young to sign a contract, Why the Paul Pogba agency fee was paid by Manchester United and why some agents should be in prison. Dan gives his views on King’s Lynn’s season and I give you an idea of what I have been dealing with this week including signing new contracts with players, setting up a charity and life at the club as well as discussing how I see the Premier League down to the National League playing out.
Learn about the future of broadcasting for the Premier League and how The Premier League can increase revenues. We discuss FFP (financial fair play) and why the origins of FFP are anything but fair; and why owning a club in the Premier League is not the golden ticket that everyone thinks it is. We also discuss Chelsea and Roman Abramovich’s latest 238 million pound loan and why West Ham United got a terrible deal when they sold Upton Park and why moving has brought them very little extra revenue. At the very end of the show we highlight why there may be a financial loss to the Football League if 2 clubs are not promoted from the National League.
Fascinating discussion with Martin Knight and his ideas to revolutionise his club and The National League. I explain why I think that England does not produce enough players and how it can be easily fixed. For anyone wanting to know what it is like to run an English Football Club this podcast is for you. Ground breaking and thought provoking as always let me know your views.
I answer your questions, deal with loans into our club, suggest a way the play offs could happen in the National League and explain how the current problems faced by football league 2 clubs could be a game changer for the Premier League teams. Please feel free to send me a message or better still leave me an audio message which I can play on the program. Just hit the link to do it https://anchor.fm/stephen-cleeve/message
Learn how the Voting system in the National League North and South actually works. Why did the NLN and the NLS get an 11th hour reprieve from having their results expunged? Why is it wrong to sell season tickets now? Listen to ex chairman and President of Wealdstone FC- Paul Rumens give his views on the current situation. Any comments please leave an audio message just hit this link https://anchor.fm/stephen-cleeve/message
Geoff Thompson from South Shields FC chats about the club, the latest events, future fan ownership of the club and how he will progress matters with the FA. I update on the latest news from late last night that came in from the National League.
My name is Stephen Cleeve, I am the Chairman of King’s Lynn Town FC. I give you my views on how the Corona Virus is going to affect all levels of football and what is going to happen. Learn why football chairman don't mind furloughing their administration staff but do not want to furlough their youth team and we are also going to cover Why are free transfers so terrible for most footballers? Please feel free to send me a message or better still leave me an audio message which I can play on the program. Just hit the link to do it https://anchor.fm/stephen-cleeve/message