How to make a small fortune from football. Part 1

It’s a well–known truism that there is only one way to make a small fortune from owning a football club – and that’s to start off with a large fortune! And as the cost of trying to compete with the super-rich sugar-daddy owners of the Premier League gets higher and higher, and clubs at all levels get burdened down with more and more debt, surely that’s more true than ever.

Well, yes it is – except there is another way to make money from owning a football club, and Sir John Madejski has found it. This article looks at how he was able to exploit the near-unique set of circumstance at Reading FC to fly in the face of conventional wisdom and do this – in theory at least.

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