GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018



Owners: Balaji & Venkatesh Rao

The Indian company V H Group bought Blackburn Rovers under the name of Venky's London Limited for £23 million in November 2010.

In December 2011, Rovers posted an annual pre-tax loss of £18.6m for the year ending 30 June 2011. Despite this, the owners of Blackburn Rovers provided assurances over the continued funding of the club, even if they were relegated.

The club have suffered two relegations since the Venky's took over, and now find themselves in L/ One for the first time in over 35 years.

The VH group generates its wealth via the poultry industry in India, and protests at the owners by Blackburn fans has seen a chicken released onto the pitch during matches.


Owner: Roland Wycherley

Roland Wycherley (left) has been Chairman at Shrewsbury since July 1996, and is currently overseeing a remarkable season. The Shrews sit second place in League One and had an unbeaten run in the League for 15 matches.

When Wycherley took over the Club it had over £750k in debt and was playing at Gay Meadow, which at the time was a 97-year-old Stadium with a restrictive covenant that flooded twice per year. In 2007 Wycherley turned around the Club’s fortunes, moving to a purpose built all-seater new Stadium at Greenhous Meadow, with a capacity of 10,000 in 2007 and the Club also became debt free.

Shrewsbury’s average attendance was circa 2,500 and now in the new Stadium is around 5,500 per match. Roland was born in the Castlefields area of Shrewsbury and started his working life as a plasterer’s apprentice but in 1972 founded ‘Shropshire Vending' which started out with one machine and he grew the company into a multi million pound business.


Owner: Dave Whelan


Owners: Tony Stewart 49%, J Stewart 46%, R Stewart 5%

Perhaps the most recognisable owner outside of the Premier League, Dave Whelan has been in charge at Wigan Athletic since February 1995. After Whelan took the reins he announced that he would get Wigan Athletic into the Premier League, a promise he fulfilled in 2005.

Whelan oversaw eight successive Premier League seasons for the North West club and saw them lift the FA Cup in 2013.

On 3 March 2015, Whelan stepped down as chairman, appointing his 23-year-old grandson, David Sharpe, as the new Chairman. The 80-year-old has kept all of his business interests together as Wigan's home has changed name from the JJB Stadium to the DW Stadium.

Local man Tony Stewart took over at Rotherham United in 2008 and his major achievement has been building a new Stadium for the Millers - the New York Stadium.

Stewart is the owner of Rotherham based ASD Lighting PLC and saw Rotherham move into the Championship in 2014.

In 2008, Stewart bought a Club in administration and with the rent being charged at the Millers Millmoor home being a large factor in their financial struggles, he quickly struck a deal to move to the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.

A return to Rotherham came with the new stadium opening in 2012.


Owner: Peter Swann


Owner: James Brent

Peter Swann took over from Steve Wharton in 2013, having previously invested in, and been Chairman, of Gainsborough Trinity.

In 2015, he said of his takeover: "We picked up a Club with no systems in place, it was run as a hobby and that is what we have cleared up.”

Swann added, “There were no records in several departments, no invoices, no purchase ledger, no structure and certainly no leadership at key levels and it has been a huge job to try and achieve."

Swann currently holds an 87.5% stake in the Club. In December 2013, he spoke of his intent to construct a new Stadium for Scunthorpe by as early as 2015. However Swann has now said he is looking redevelop Glanford Park as opposed to build a new stadium.

Brent, a former banker, was initially cajoled into advising a club on the brink of administration but when a buyer was not forthcoming he ended up saving them from extinction.

Just last month Brent reaffirmed his commitment to his goal of building a successful but financially sustainable Club. He is a firm advocate of investing in the Club’s infrastructure to generate additional revenue.

James Brent (left) sensationally came out in 2014 and told BBC South West he spends just half-a-day per week on Club business and stated is "not competent" to run it on a daily basis.

Scally earned his wealth through the sale of a photocopier business before he bought Gillingham for £1 in 1995, taking the Club out off administration.

He has also found himself at the centre of a fair number of controversies,