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David Parkin on football's renaissance and waves bye bye to Briggo

17th May 2013

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IS football undergoing a renaissance?

That's probably too much to hope for.

But in the last couple of weeks we've seen promotion to the Premier League for Hull City, owned by local businessman Assem

Allam, while Doncaster Rovers, whose board boasts a collection of wealthy South Yorkshire entrepreneurs, led by cosmetic surgery tycoon John Ryan, have regained their place in the Championship.

Good times are back at Bradford City - owned by local businessman Mark Lawn - the club is in the League Two play-......for the full story register now for free or login below...


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A well-deserved tribute, David. Ian is a true professional and a decent guy at the same time. As another old YP Business Desker who went over to the dark side, and now back in freelance biz journalism, I can only wish him - and TheBusinessDesk.com - all the best. And good luck to Ellie!

Clark Herron

All the very best of luck Ian - it's been a pleasure working with you over the past decade or so... you're joining another great team at Finn and I'm confident you'll only add value! David, I'm sure you'll continue to inspire your new members to continued great success with the Businessdesk. Onwards and upwards all!

Paul Amourdedieu

Good Luck Ian, is this his second turn to the dark side after leaving journalism in Bradford for Leeds?

Andrew Wilson

Very best wishes Ian, and I like the thought of the light side and the dark side being in the same building...

David Warren

What a lovely tribute! Many thanks Ian for keeping us informed and all good wishes in your new position.

roslyn beattie

Good luck Ian - wish you all the best (and can't wait to see if TheBusinessDesk will actually publish any of your releases :-) Charles.

Charles Escott

Nice tribute David! Welcome to the dark side Ian.

Greg Felgate

Hah, I thought that too Paul! Nice words Parky; we wish the businessdesk continued success and look forward to Briggo selling in next week ;)

James Newman

Ian looks younger now than he does on the photo....don't know what is in the coffee in your offices David ? !!

Paul Martin

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