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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK
If you need sage words of advice to help you stage a football match with no fall-out this (if you can find it) is the tome for you. Written, no less, by a man who "honestly" believed that there was no place in the Football League for AFC Wimbledon. Such a track record should leave you with no doubts as to the need for this masterpiece to be in your collection.
Published on 24 May 2011 by STEVE J MEYER

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars aka how to make an ass of yourself
This is a book for anyone who wants to know how to deal with any sporting legal case without using common sense, or indeed any shred of decency or humanity.

Written with the kind of arrogance that only Mr Parker can possibly summon up and continue to retain a straight face for nine years and counting.

An example of some of his best work to date,...
Published on 24 May 2011 by Jinjapewbs


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars aka how to make an ass of yourself, 24 May 2011
This review is from: Sports Law (Ring-bound)
This is a book for anyone who wants to know how to deal with any sporting legal case without using common sense, or indeed any shred of decency or humanity.

Written with the kind of arrogance that only Mr Parker can possibly summon up and continue to retain a straight face for nine years and counting.

An example of some of his best work to date, includes such gems as:
"Wimbledon FC's links or roots in its community are of a nature that can be and are agreed should be retained by WFC and Milton Keynes SC, albeit in a new location."
the total lack of irony and self-awareness while putting his hand to the comment:
"Infinitely more harm would be caused to football if Wimbledon FC went out of
business. Everyone would suffer, most of all Wimbledon FC's true fans. It would be
replaced in Football League Division 1 by a different team altogether."
and the timelessly wrong:
"Furthermore, resurrecting the Club from its ashes as, say, 'Wimbledon Town'
is, with respect to those supporters who would rather that happened so that they could
go back to the position the Club started in 113 years ago, not in the wider interests of
football. "

Mr Parker seems so proud of his record in sports law, that not only has he written a book about how amazingly clever and wise he thinks he is, that he crows about it on his law firm's website:
"He specialises in general commercial...dispute resolution... and sports areas.
He has handled all types of contentious and regulatory issues in the.... reconstruction and insolvency, sport and media sectors."

Fortunately it doesn't tell you how well he's done at these things. But the trail of destruction he has left behind as regards Wimbledon's football club is plain for all to see.

Is Mr Parker still under the spell of Peter Winkelman's "infectious enthusiasm", as his report described the chairman of the swiftly rebranded 'MK Dons'?
It's hard to know, because he doesn't respond to any attempts to contact him.
Maybe he's just plain busy putting other sports teams to the sword with his own infectiously enthusiastic brand of "mediation".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not to be trusted, 8 Jun 2011
This review is from: Sports Law (Ring-bound)
Would you trust a lawyer who had sanctioned the theft of a football club? "Raj ... has a particular interest in and experience of white-collar crime," says the blurb on his webpage at Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer. Yeah, I bet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK, 24 May 2011
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STEVE J MEYER (CARSHALTON, SURREY United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sports Law (Ring-bound)
If you need sage words of advice to help you stage a football match with no fall-out this (if you can find it) is the tome for you. Written, no less, by a man who "honestly" believed that there was no place in the Football League for AFC Wimbledon. Such a track record should leave you with no doubts as to the need for this masterpiece to be in your collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpice In Corporate Opportuinities, 8 Jun 2011
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This is a "must read" for anybody setting out to uproot a football club from it's local conurbation and franchise it half way around the country.

Parker is clearly an expert in helping deliver solutions to tricky problems like Asda/Walmart wanting to build a large out of town superstore in Milton Keynes but struggling against local planning consent. But with a bit of lateral thinking, and the help of a failed music empresario and the backing of some rich Norwegians, Parker can help deliver a stolen Championship level football club to Milton Keynes to keep the council happy, and give the people of Milton Keynes a shiny new supermarket.

Parker clearly has great insight into the roots of football, being one of the 3 wise men sitting on an "independent" FA Commission which decided the future of Wimbledon FC. I think everybody would agree that the commission's conclusion that the formation of a new club, say Wimbldeon Town, would not not be in the wider interests of football is a shining testament to his grasp of the wider issues in the game.

So if you're one of those annoying football fans that believe a football club is a community thing and belongs to the fans, not a commercial play thing, and you love the fact that AFC Wimbledon managed to start from level 9 in the football pyramid and return the people of WImbldon a football club back to the league in 9 years... this book probably isn't for you.
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