Watford's potential investor changed his name from Laurence Bazini to Bassini due to bankruptcy

Watford Observer: Laurence Bassini was Bazini before bankruptcy Laurence Bassini was Bazini before bankruptcy

Watford's potential new investor Laurence Bassini has confirmed he did change his name after being declared bankrupt.

Last week the Watford Observer revealed Bassini and his close friend Panos Thomas were the potential investors currently in talks with Watford's major shareholders over a potential takeover.

One concern among supporters this week has been the confusion surrounding whether Bassini was in fact Laurence Bazini, who was made bankrupt in 2007.

The 40-year-old confirmed his name was spelt Bazini previously and that he changed the spelling because of the bankruptcy.

Bassini said: “The reason for the change was four years ago my father found a hotel which I invested in quite heavily and helped him with it.

“It just didn't work out how it should have, he left to do other things and I was left to deal with it all.

“I tried everything to save it but I didn't and it lost several million pounds. As a result I had to go bankrupt. I was bankrupt for about a year.

“Businessmen have their highs and lows, that was a low at that time for me. After the bankruptcy, people say things so I changed my name to have a fresh start. That was the reason for it.

“I haven't changed it by very much, I just changed it that way because at that time it was what I wanted to do.”

The hotel was the Fox at Ibstone near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, which is now the Fox Country Inn.

Bassini confirmed he had been on benefits after the bankruptcy but insists it was only for a brief period.

He said: “When I was bankrupt there was a period when I was on benefits, as I said there are highs and lows in a businessman's personal life and in business.

“It was for several months, maybe five or six months but it was a short time.”

Bassini said he was from a wealthy family and that they played a big part in helping him as he tried to start again. But stated his family is not currently part of any proposed takeover.

“If we make an offer and I need something from the family then they may help but generally no [they are not involved],” Bassini said.

“I come from a very wealthy and successful family. I have a brother who is a barrister, I have a brother who is in the perfume world, has a branded perfume name and it is very successful and I have a brother who is a graphic designer.

“So I had the family's support when I needed it and if I needed money and I was able to go out and trade and things I needed to do to make money again.

“I have had people around me who I have done business with who have supported me if I needed it.”

More to come from the Watford Observer's exclusive interview with Laurence Bassini later today.

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10:19am Fri 18 Feb 11

dukehornet says...

All of a sudden, this proposed deal sounds very dodgy!
A former bankrupt, and it sounds like he will need family help to formulate a bid?
Does not sound wealthy enough, and probably lacks in the integrity department re bankruptcy, to buy a club like Watford!
We will see!
All of a sudden, this proposed deal sounds very dodgy! A former bankrupt, and it sounds like he will need family help to formulate a bid? Does not sound wealthy enough, and probably lacks in the integrity department re bankruptcy, to buy a club like Watford! We will see! dukehornet
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10:19am Fri 18 Feb 11

Robert Peel says...

Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Keeps having liquidated business and Daddy and his brothers have to bail him out.

Incompetent or a crook? Either way I am worried about WFC if he gets on board.
Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Keeps having liquidated business and Daddy and his brothers have to bail him out. Incompetent or a crook? Either way I am worried about WFC if he gets on board. Robert Peel
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10:34am Fri 18 Feb 11

WE8BR says...

mmm, not sure about all this. It all sounds very dubious to me...
mmm, not sure about all this. It all sounds very dubious to me... WE8BR
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10:38am Fri 18 Feb 11

PurpleRalph says...

He sounds like a spoilt kid that constantly needs help from his family with his numerous failed ventures. 'Dad, for Christmas can you get me a Left Back and a new pitch - oh and maybe a new stand too? xx'
He sounds like a spoilt kid that constantly needs help from his family with his numerous failed ventures. 'Dad, for Christmas can you get me a Left Back and a new pitch - oh and maybe a new stand too? xx' PurpleRalph
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10:44am Fri 18 Feb 11

Steve, Abbots Langley says...

Hold on a minute ... perhaps he is related to Nick Clegg after all!
Hold on a minute ... perhaps he is related to Nick Clegg after all! Steve, Abbots Langley
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10:47am Fri 18 Feb 11

N Joydegame says...

Bankrupt and on benefits in 2007, bailed out by family, and today has enough capital to invest in WFC...............Th
is has got a really, really bad smell about it.

This isn't about investing into the club to secure the clubs future, this is about investing into a venture where they can smell profit.

Walk away WFC. This is not what we the supporters, sesaon ticket holders, and small shareholders want.
Bankrupt and on benefits in 2007, bailed out by family, and today has enough capital to invest in WFC...............Th is has got a really, really bad smell about it. This isn't about investing into the club to secure the clubs future, this is about investing into a venture where they can smell profit. Walk away WFC. This is not what we the supporters, sesaon ticket holders, and small shareholders want. N Joydegame
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10:50am Fri 18 Feb 11

dukehornet says...

All of these months of anticipation....for this!!!
Feel very frustrated!
Similar to following Watford's fortunes for the past thirty years!
All of these months of anticipation....for this!!! Feel very frustrated! Similar to following Watford's fortunes for the past thirty years! dukehornet
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10:56am Fri 18 Feb 11

There was only one Scully says...

Its a walking contradiction. I'm amazed he is still credit worthy! How can someone like that be trusted with possible transfer, funding etc negotiations!
In the real world no one would touch him.
(If so, can someone enlighten me how it can be done for, future use!)
Its a walking contradiction. I'm amazed he is still credit worthy! How can someone like that be trusted with possible transfer, funding etc negotiations! In the real world no one would touch him. (If so, can someone enlighten me how it can be done for, future use!) There was only one Scully
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10:57am Fri 18 Feb 11

pstannard1 says...

Got this funny feeling following on from the earlier post this proposed deal has Pompy written all over it with there owners from last season
Got this funny feeling following on from the earlier post this proposed deal has Pompy written all over it with there owners from last season pstannard1
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11:02am Fri 18 Feb 11

a1derek says...

All the months of anticipation and then this! Just read the full article in the Wobby and all I can say is it sounds like one whole shed load of hot air.

Is this really the best we can find after nearly a year?

I would be very, very nervous of this Guy who is being very evasive about his past and his future plans.
All the months of anticipation and then this! Just read the full article in the Wobby and all I can say is it sounds like one whole shed load of hot air. Is this really the best we can find after nearly a year? I would be very, very nervous of this Guy who is being very evasive about his past and his future plans. a1derek
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11:02am Fri 18 Feb 11

Elton Bog says...

This absolutely stinks. He is from a wealthy family. His father found a hotel, which matey invests in heavily. It doesn't work, so wealthy daddy lets son go bankrupt. Or did he just go bankrupt to stitch up the creditors. Either way, we should give this bum the bum's rush.
This absolutely stinks. He is from a wealthy family. His father found a hotel, which matey invests in heavily. It doesn't work, so wealthy daddy lets son go bankrupt. Or did he just go bankrupt to stitch up the creditors. Either way, we should give this bum the bum's rush. Elton Bog
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11:02am Fri 18 Feb 11

stevyweavy says...

Here we go again, wasn't anything to do with Evolution HDTV was he - they managed to get a sponsorship deal with Watford without actually coughing up any money. Perhaps Lord Ashcroft is lending him the money to buy his shares with the ground as security.

Would be interesting to find out how a man on benefits and bankrupt in 2007 now has funds to buy a Championship football club. Does he sell an e-book showing how it's done?

Sounds like a Glazier type of deal where they buy the shares by borrowing against the assets of the club - i.e. the ground - revolving credit which will go belly up once interest rates go up.

Disaster waiting to happen but as the current shareholders want away it is likely to happen - could be playing Luton in a few years time!!!
Here we go again, wasn't anything to do with Evolution HDTV was he - they managed to get a sponsorship deal with Watford without actually coughing up any money. Perhaps Lord Ashcroft is lending him the money to buy his shares with the ground as security. Would be interesting to find out how a man on benefits and bankrupt in 2007 now has funds to buy a Championship football club. Does he sell an e-book showing how it's done? Sounds like a Glazier type of deal where they buy the shares by borrowing against the assets of the club - i.e. the ground - revolving credit which will go belly up once interest rates go up. Disaster waiting to happen but as the current shareholders want away it is likely to happen - could be playing Luton in a few years time!!! stevyweavy
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11:13am Fri 18 Feb 11

Garston Tony says...

Only hope the current owners are true to their word and are only willing to sell to someone who has the finances to support the club and who has the clubs best interests at heart. This article does not sound good and would be great to know more about his current financial situation as well as his motivation for wanting to buy the club?
Only hope the current owners are true to their word and are only willing to sell to someone who has the finances to support the club and who has the clubs best interests at heart. This article does not sound good and would be great to know more about his current financial situation as well as his motivation for wanting to buy the club? Garston Tony
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11:21am Fri 18 Feb 11

Derek Payne says...

a disaster waiting to happen
a disaster waiting to happen Derek Payne
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11:40am Fri 18 Feb 11

jalvin says...

So we either stick with the Tory To55er, go with bankrupt Baz or find another load of investors quick time.
maybe we should give the Salad Siblings a call!

hhmmm i wonder if jack petchey has any of his millions left?!
So we either stick with the Tory To55er, go with bankrupt Baz or find another load of investors quick time. maybe we should give the Salad Siblings a call! hhmmm i wonder if jack petchey has any of his millions left?! jalvin
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11:45am Fri 18 Feb 11

Prof Plum says...

"When I was bankrupt there was a period when I was on benefits"????

Despite having family wealth to fall back on???

Whatever this chap's financial status he is already morally bankrupt in my eyes.

It's people like Bassini/Bazini that have brought this once proud nation etc etc etc

Goodbye Watford FC
"When I was bankrupt there was a period when I was on benefits"???? Despite having family wealth to fall back on??? Whatever this chap's financial status he is already morally bankrupt in my eyes. It's people like Bassini/Bazini that have brought this once proud nation etc etc etc Goodbye Watford FC Prof Plum
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11:53am Fri 18 Feb 11

Golferever says...

Agree with the general feeling here, a potential disaster! Despite what he says now, if the money runs out, or he "CHANGES HIS MIND", what is there to stop him selling the ground.
He sees this as a potential Goldmine!!
How else do you go from Bankrupt to Owner in three years?
He obviously didn't worry about the Creditors in the Fox venture. He could AFFORD to go Bankrupt obviously!! Assets all nicely salted away and protected.
I certainly would not give him a chance to RUIN THIS CLUB, as he can only be interested in making money.
I feel sorry for his Potential "PARTNERS"-he will use THEIR money to do it!!
Agree with the general feeling here, a potential disaster! Despite what he says now, if the money runs out, or he "CHANGES HIS MIND", what is there to stop him selling the ground. He sees this as a potential Goldmine!! How else do you go from Bankrupt to Owner in three years? He obviously didn't worry about the Creditors in the Fox venture. He could AFFORD to go Bankrupt obviously!! Assets all nicely salted away and protected. I certainly would not give him a chance to RUIN THIS CLUB, as he can only be interested in making money. I feel sorry for his Potential "PARTNERS"-he will use THEIR money to do it!! Golferever
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12:18pm Fri 18 Feb 11

Roy Stockdill says...

Isn't it one of the wonderful ironies of life that you can go bankrupt owing several millions, be discharged after a year, probably without paying your creditors anything like the money you owe them, become a company director once more and move on to another "project", like trying to buy a football club?

Are we honest people who endeavour to live within our means and not owe money to others possibly the bigger mugs?

Robert Maxwell, Oxford Utd and Derby County come to mind, but other than that I couldn't possibly comment.

The time would seem to be approaching when there isn't a football club left in Britain that isn't owned by dodgy Americans, Arab sheiks, Russian billionaires or discharged bankrupts. What would dear old Bob Lord, the power behind the successful Burnley club in the 1960s have made of it all (if anyone here remembers him)?
Isn't it one of the wonderful ironies of life that you can go bankrupt owing several millions, be discharged after a year, probably without paying your creditors anything like the money you owe them, become a company director once more and move on to another "project", like trying to buy a football club? Are we honest people who endeavour to live within our means and not owe money to others possibly the bigger mugs? Robert Maxwell, Oxford Utd and Derby County come to mind, but other than that I couldn't possibly comment. The time would seem to be approaching when there isn't a football club left in Britain that isn't owned by dodgy Americans, Arab sheiks, Russian billionaires or discharged bankrupts. What would dear old Bob Lord, the power behind the successful Burnley club in the 1960s have made of it all (if anyone here remembers him)? Roy Stockdill
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12:56pm Fri 18 Feb 11

SAHornet says...

18 comments above - every one of them adverse. This is such a potential scam that it beggars belief that the good Lord and his team can't see thru it like we all can. If this actually happen, we're going to lose our club and our ground and that's for sure. What a sad revelation this all is. I'm totally guted
18 comments above - every one of them adverse. This is such a potential scam that it beggars belief that the good Lord and his team can't see thru it like we all can. If this actually happen, we're going to lose our club and our ground and that's for sure. What a sad revelation this all is. I'm totally guted SAHornet
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1:09pm Fri 18 Feb 11

Vernon Bogdanor says...

I knew this guy years ago and he was a chancer to say the least - I am horrified at the possibility that he will be at the helm of the club i love. Check him out thoroughly WFC my stomach is turning at the thought that he could be involved. He comes from a welathy background but was not someone you would want to business with, believe me.
I knew this guy years ago and he was a chancer to say the least - I am horrified at the possibility that he will be at the helm of the club i love. Check him out thoroughly WFC my stomach is turning at the thought that he could be involved. He comes from a welathy background but was not someone you would want to business with, believe me. Vernon Bogdanor
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1:29pm Fri 18 Feb 11

watters84 says...

The worst thing that happened in this great country in the eighties etc was that people with no moral substance were conditioned to believe that turning a dollar was more important than how you did it! I would call this story bizarre but this creative speaker will probably use it for his next surname!!
The worst thing that happened in this great country in the eighties etc was that people with no moral substance were conditioned to believe that turning a dollar was more important than how you did it! I would call this story bizarre but this creative speaker will probably use it for his next surname!! watters84
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1:57pm Fri 18 Feb 11

Elton Bog says...

watters84 wrote:
The worst thing that happened in this great country in the eighties etc was that people with no moral substance were conditioned to believe that turning a dollar was more important than how you did it! I would call this story bizarre but this creative speaker will probably use it for his next surname!!
For once I can agree wholeheartedly.
[quote][p][bold]watters84[/bold] wrote: The worst thing that happened in this great country in the eighties etc was that people with no moral substance were conditioned to believe that turning a dollar was more important than how you did it! I would call this story bizarre but this creative speaker will probably use it for his next surname!![/p][/quote]For once I can agree wholeheartedly. Elton Bog
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2:13pm Fri 18 Feb 11

Roy Stockdill says...

It's remarkable what you can discover online if you know where and how to look (as I do, being a onetime investigative journalist, now a genealogist). Everthing that follows is entirely from public records found with Google.

Curiously enough, at virtually the same time Mr Bazini went bankrupt at the Fox Inn, Ibstone (a notice appeared in the London Gazette, where such things are listed, in October 2007), a Valerie Bazini also went bankrupt after running a pub called the Old Red Lion in Northampton (London Gazetted in August 2007).

My genealogical knowledge of how to search births, marriages and deaths online leads me to the conclusion that Valerie Bazini was/is the second wife of Laurence Bazini's father, David, a silversmith, who came to this country from Israel and was granted naturalisation in April 1967. Thus, Valerie Bazini was/is Laurence Bazini's stepmother. Online electoral registers show a David and Valerie Bazini at the same address in Northampton, where they married in 1986.

David Bazini must indeed be a wealthy man if he was able to cope with his wife and a son both going bankrupt at the same time. Interesting that both involved pubs as well.

There is more.....

In today's paid-for WO, Laurence Bazini says he was involved 20 years ago with Phillip Green of British Home Stores in a company called PL Multitrade but says he wanted to leave the firm to do other things and left it to Green who later closed it. However, yet another London Gazette notice of 16 March 1994 announced the closure of PL Multitrade Ltd and that it was going into voluntary liquidation. The notice was signed by "L. Bazini". A previous notice on 18 February 1994, giving notice of a meeting of creditors, was signed by "L. Bazini, Director".

Finally, a Google search produces a Lawrence Bazini who was a joint applicant to open a club featuring male strippers for women audiences in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2005. Perhaps not the same man...
It's remarkable what you can discover online if you know where and how to look (as I do, being a onetime investigative journalist, now a genealogist). Everthing that follows is entirely from public records found with Google. Curiously enough, at virtually the same time Mr Bazini went bankrupt at the Fox Inn, Ibstone (a notice appeared in the London Gazette, where such things are listed, in October 2007), a Valerie Bazini also went bankrupt after running a pub called the Old Red Lion in Northampton (London Gazetted in August 2007). My genealogical knowledge of how to search births, marriages and deaths online leads me to the conclusion that Valerie Bazini was/is the second wife of Laurence Bazini's father, David, a silversmith, who came to this country from Israel and was granted naturalisation in April 1967. Thus, Valerie Bazini was/is Laurence Bazini's stepmother. Online electoral registers show a David and Valerie Bazini at the same address in Northampton, where they married in 1986. David Bazini must indeed be a wealthy man if he was able to cope with his wife and a son both going bankrupt at the same time. Interesting that both involved pubs as well. There is more..... In today's paid-for WO, Laurence Bazini says he was involved 20 years ago with Phillip Green of British Home Stores in a company called PL Multitrade but says he wanted to leave the firm to do other things and left it to Green who later closed it. However, yet another London Gazette notice of 16 March 1994 announced the closure of PL Multitrade Ltd and that it was going into voluntary liquidation. The notice was signed by "L. Bazini". A previous notice on 18 February 1994, giving notice of a meeting of creditors, was signed by "L. Bazini, Director". Finally, a Google search produces a Lawrence [sic] Bazini who was a joint applicant to open a club featuring male strippers for women audiences in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2005. Perhaps not the same man... Roy Stockdill
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2:34pm Fri 18 Feb 11

watters84 says...

Does look like the truth and this chap haven't been seen in the same room too often.
Good Work Holmes!
Does look like the truth and this chap haven't been seen in the same room too often. Good Work Holmes! watters84
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2:52pm Fri 18 Feb 11

luther blissett says...

I want to know what Rick thinks.

Will he still be calling for Taylor out if this man is the likely outcome?

Constantly insisting for investment can take you out of the pan and into the fire.
I want to know what Rick thinks. Will he still be calling for Taylor out if this man is the likely outcome? Constantly insisting for investment can take you out of the pan and into the fire. luther blissett
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3:44pm Fri 18 Feb 11

WFC4ever says...

It sounds like the rest of his family have been rather more success business wise!

I am sure he'll have the best intentions for the club but previous records are a worry.

Not like he has just one one bad business venture it seems (ofcourse such failings may not be his fault..)
It sounds like the rest of his family have been rather more success business wise! I am sure he'll have the best intentions for the club but previous records are a worry. Not like he has just one one bad business venture it seems (ofcourse such failings may not be his fault..) WFC4ever
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3:46pm Fri 18 Feb 11

cliff46 says...

Great work Roy Stockdill
Thank you for excellent item.
If you have been able to find this sort of information surely the Wat Obs Frank Smith should have done the same work rather than just publish Bassini's comments without questioning his background or motives.

Whilst I have absolutely no doubt that GT and Timberley would only give their blessing to a "decent" buyer the ultimate decision will be down to Lord Ashcroft who owns the bulk of the shares. If his only concern is to get his money back quickly we might well eventually find ourselves in very deep trouble.
Great work Roy Stockdill Thank you for excellent item. If you have been able to find this sort of information surely the Wat Obs Frank Smith should have done the same work rather than just publish Bassini's comments without questioning his background or motives. Whilst I have absolutely no doubt that GT and Timberley would only give their blessing to a "decent" buyer the ultimate decision will be down to Lord Ashcroft who owns the bulk of the shares. If his only concern is to get his money back quickly we might well eventually find ourselves in very deep trouble. cliff46
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3:52pm Fri 18 Feb 11

Roy Stockdill says...

I have no doubt you Watford fans will be pleased to learn that Laurence Bazini (alias Bassini) DOES have some sporting connections.

He appears to have a younger half-brother who plays rugby for Northampton Old Scouts RFC and a younger half-sister who plays hockey for Northampton Saints and Buckingham, both from his father's second marriage.
I have no doubt you Watford fans will be pleased to learn that Laurence Bazini (alias Bassini) DOES have some sporting connections. He appears to have a younger half-brother who plays rugby for Northampton Old Scouts RFC and a younger half-sister who plays hockey for Northampton Saints and Buckingham, both from his father's second marriage. Roy Stockdill
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4:07pm Fri 18 Feb 11

dukehornet says...

Roy Stockdill wrote:
It's remarkable what you can discover online if you know where and how to look (as I do, being a onetime investigative journalist, now a genealogist). Everthing that follows is entirely from public records found with Google. Curiously enough, at virtually the same time Mr Bazini went bankrupt at the Fox Inn, Ibstone (a notice appeared in the London Gazette, where such things are listed, in October 2007), a Valerie Bazini also went bankrupt after running a pub called the Old Red Lion in Northampton (London Gazetted in August 2007). My genealogical knowledge of how to search births, marriages and deaths online leads me to the conclusion that Valerie Bazini was/is the second wife of Laurence Bazini's father, David, a silversmith, who came to this country from Israel and was granted naturalisation in April 1967. Thus, Valerie Bazini was/is Laurence Bazini's stepmother. Online electoral registers show a David and Valerie Bazini at the same address in Northampton, where they married in 1986. David Bazini must indeed be a wealthy man if he was able to cope with his wife and a son both going bankrupt at the same time. Interesting that both involved pubs as well. There is more..... In today's paid-for WO, Laurence Bazini says he was involved 20 years ago with Phillip Green of British Home Stores in a company called PL Multitrade but says he wanted to leave the firm to do other things and left it to Green who later closed it. However, yet another London Gazette notice of 16 March 1994 announced the closure of PL Multitrade Ltd and that it was going into voluntary liquidation. The notice was signed by "L. Bazini". A previous notice on 18 February 1994, giving notice of a meeting of creditors, was signed by "L. Bazini, Director". Finally, a Google search produces a Lawrence Bazini who was a joint applicant to open a club featuring male strippers for women audiences in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2005. Perhaps not the same man...
Do you think that GT, the board, Lord Ashscroft et al do not know this?
They do not just sit on their backsides and let any old Tom, Dick or Harry enter the frame for a potential takeover.
And if these two guys are as bad as a lot of people are making out on this forum, why would they go full frontal with the Wobby?
Let the true facts emerge.
Because of LSE rules, certain things cannot be discussed yet.
A lot of people are jumping to un-necessary conclusions.
If they are rogues, they will be found out in due course like the other fraudsters were.
Give it some time and breathing space for heaven's sake, and not jump to conclusions based on one interview with the WO.
[quote][p][bold]Roy Stockdill[/bold] wrote: It's remarkable what you can discover online if you know where and how to look (as I do, being a onetime investigative journalist, now a genealogist). Everthing that follows is entirely from public records found with Google. Curiously enough, at virtually the same time Mr Bazini went bankrupt at the Fox Inn, Ibstone (a notice appeared in the London Gazette, where such things are listed, in October 2007), a Valerie Bazini also went bankrupt after running a pub called the Old Red Lion in Northampton (London Gazetted in August 2007). My genealogical knowledge of how to search births, marriages and deaths online leads me to the conclusion that Valerie Bazini was/is the second wife of Laurence Bazini's father, David, a silversmith, who came to this country from Israel and was granted naturalisation in April 1967. Thus, Valerie Bazini was/is Laurence Bazini's stepmother. Online electoral registers show a David and Valerie Bazini at the same address in Northampton, where they married in 1986. David Bazini must indeed be a wealthy man if he was able to cope with his wife and a son both going bankrupt at the same time. Interesting that both involved pubs as well. There is more..... In today's paid-for WO, Laurence Bazini says he was involved 20 years ago with Phillip Green of British Home Stores in a company called PL Multitrade but says he wanted to leave the firm to do other things and left it to Green who later closed it. However, yet another London Gazette notice of 16 March 1994 announced the closure of PL Multitrade Ltd and that it was going into voluntary liquidation. The notice was signed by "L. Bazini". A previous notice on 18 February 1994, giving notice of a meeting of creditors, was signed by "L. Bazini, Director". Finally, a Google search produces a Lawrence [sic] Bazini who was a joint applicant to open a club featuring male strippers for women audiences in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2005. Perhaps not the same man...[/p][/quote]Do you think that GT, the board, Lord Ashscroft et al do not know this? They do not just sit on their backsides and let any old Tom, Dick or Harry enter the frame for a potential takeover. And if these two guys are as bad as a lot of people are making out on this forum, why would they go full frontal with the Wobby? Let the true facts emerge. Because of LSE rules, certain things cannot be discussed yet. A lot of people are jumping to un-necessary conclusions. If they are rogues, they will be found out in due course like the other fraudsters were. Give it some time and breathing space for heaven's sake, and not jump to conclusions based on one interview with the WO. dukehornet
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4:55pm Fri 18 Feb 11

Roy Stockdill says...

Most of the above I dug out myself with a little online detective work. I do NOT work for the WO, I merely contribute sometimes here.

I was simply pointing out that there are certain things to do with himself and his family that Mr Bazini has glossed over or left out of his two-page interview with the Observer today.

I make no observations or conclusions, I simply report facts that are available in public records.
Most of the above I dug out myself with a little online detective work. I do NOT work for the WO, I merely contribute sometimes here. I was simply pointing out that there are certain things to do with himself and his family that Mr Bazini has glossed over or left out of his two-page interview with the Observer today. I make no observations or conclusions, I simply report facts that are available in public records. Roy Stockdill
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6:12pm Fri 18 Feb 11

N Joydegame says...

Carry on with the investigation Roy, I still miss your column in the WO.

By the way I do remember Bob Lord. He was a grumpy old throw-back Chairman, who wore a trilby hat and ruled Burnley with a rod of iron. He was a real 'no nonsense'type who got up alot of peoples noses. However you are right about him being high minded for all the right football reasons.
Carry on with the investigation Roy, I still miss your column in the WO. By the way I do remember Bob Lord. He was a grumpy old throw-back Chairman, who wore a trilby hat and ruled Burnley with a rod of iron. He was a real 'no nonsense'type who got up alot of peoples noses. However you are right about him being high minded for all the right football reasons. N Joydegame
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10:24pm Sat 19 Feb 11

taniac says...

i have to say i am quite taken by his honesty. he has been upfront about his situation and he did say that he wanted to change his name to what i see as a way to draw a line under a bad period, i would consider doing the same
.
The fact that the guy was bankrupt 3 years ago means nothing, every high profile businessman has either gone bust personally or one of his companies have. Donald Trump springs to mind.
at aged twenty something this man was in business with Philip Green. not bad for a kid.

but lets look at the alternative, we have a billionnaire owner with no interest in football who loaned us 8,9 million for one year when he knew we could never pay it back.
lets get serious we are just a bad investment to him. I would rather have a local guy who gives a **** about football and will give it a go than a billionnaire who doersn't give a **** and lives in belize and doesn't pay tax. he could have put 20 million in and we would have gone up under malky. but he doesn't want us, he put us up for sale like a cheap tart on a street corner. anyone could have a go.

i know i am on my soap box, but we complained about the veggie boys who put their money on the table untill ashcrafty kicked them off the board.

footvall is high risk and this guy has to fund the end of season shortfall which must be a few million. remeber julian openly said we had to sell a player in january for cashflow. did anyone not notice we didn't sell.

so lets not think we are a catch, we have an ugly stadium, depleted squad and an owner who doesn't want us but had the front to kick off the board the two vegies who did want us. so we are getting what we deserve.

that said i will go to every game, do the math every week , go on the bbc predictor and see if wed can make the playoffs, regardless of who is in charge. cos thats FOOTBALL
i have to say i am quite taken by his honesty. he has been upfront about his situation and he did say that he wanted to change his name to what i see as a way to draw a line under a bad period, i would consider doing the same . The fact that the guy was bankrupt 3 years ago means nothing, every high profile businessman has either gone bust personally or one of his companies have. Donald Trump springs to mind. at aged twenty something this man was in business with Philip Green. not bad for a kid. but lets look at the alternative, we have a billionnaire owner with no interest in football who loaned us 8,9 million for one year when he knew we could never pay it back. lets get serious we are just a bad investment to him. I would rather have a local guy who gives a **** about football and will give it a go than a billionnaire who doersn't give a **** and lives in belize and doesn't pay tax. he could have put 20 million in and we would have gone up under malky. but he doesn't want us, he put us up for sale like a cheap tart on a street corner. anyone could have a go. i know i am on my soap box, but we complained about the veggie boys who put their money on the table untill ashcrafty kicked them off the board. footvall is high risk and this guy has to fund the end of season shortfall which must be a few million. remeber julian openly said we had to sell a player in january for cashflow. did anyone not notice we didn't sell. so lets not think we are a catch, we have an ugly stadium, depleted squad and an owner who doesn't want us but had the front to kick off the board the two vegies who did want us. so we are getting what we deserve. that said i will go to every game, do the math every week , go on the bbc predictor and see if wed can make the playoffs, regardless of who is in charge. cos thats FOOTBALL taniac
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1:21am Sun 20 Feb 11

There was only one Scully says...

Trouble is there is an element of what you sow you shall reap about all this. Not sure what though, he will be sowing into the club to let us grow!
Time will tell.
Trouble is there is an element of what you sow you shall reap about all this. Not sure what though, he will be sowing into the club to let us grow! Time will tell. There was only one Scully
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8:52am Sun 20 Feb 11

taniac says...

There was only one Scully wrote:
Trouble is there is an element of what you sow you shall reap about all this. Not sure what though, he will be sowing into the club to let us grow! Time will tell.
i quite agree with you. whats the worst that can happen he sticks a few million into the club , lowers the level of debt and we are in a better position financially. the board and bond holders would have sought guarantees regarding money. they are not stupid its a Public company unlike portsmouth etc
[quote][p][bold]There was only one Scully[/bold] wrote: Trouble is there is an element of what you sow you shall reap about all this. Not sure what though, he will be sowing into the club to let us grow! Time will tell.[/p][/quote]i quite agree with you. whats the worst that can happen he sticks a few million into the club , lowers the level of debt and we are in a better position financially. the board and bond holders would have sought guarantees regarding money. they are not stupid its a Public company unlike portsmouth etc taniac
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10:29am Sun 20 Feb 11

footy5722 says...

taniac wrote:
i have to say i am quite taken by his honesty. he has been upfront about his situation and he did say that he wanted to change his name to what i see as a way to draw a line under a bad period, i would consider doing the same
.
The fact that the guy was bankrupt 3 years ago means nothing, every high profile businessman has either gone bust personally or one of his companies have. Donald Trump springs to mind.
at aged twenty something this man was in business with Philip Green. not bad for a kid.

but lets look at the alternative, we have a billionnaire owner with no interest in football who loaned us 8,9 million for one year when he knew we could never pay it back.
lets get serious we are just a bad investment to him. I would rather have a local guy who gives a **** about football and will give it a go than a billionnaire who doersn't give a **** and lives in belize and doesn't pay tax. he could have put 20 million in and we would have gone up under malky. but he doesn't want us, he put us up for sale like a cheap tart on a street corner. anyone could have a go.

i know i am on my soap box, but we complained about the veggie boys who put their money on the table untill ashcrafty kicked them off the board.

footvall is high risk and this guy has to fund the end of season shortfall which must be a few million. remeber julian openly said we had to sell a player in january for cashflow. did anyone not notice we didn't sell.

so lets not think we are a catch, we have an ugly stadium, depleted squad and an owner who doesn't want us but had the front to kick off the board the two vegies who did want us. so we are getting what we deserve.

that said i will go to every game, do the math every week , go on the bbc predictor and see if wed can make the playoffs, regardless of who is in charge. cos thats FOOTBALL
If no one else praises you, got to do it yourself, hey bassini?
[quote][p][bold]taniac[/bold] wrote: i have to say i am quite taken by his honesty. he has been upfront about his situation and he did say that he wanted to change his name to what i see as a way to draw a line under a bad period, i would consider doing the same . The fact that the guy was bankrupt 3 years ago means nothing, every high profile businessman has either gone bust personally or one of his companies have. Donald Trump springs to mind. at aged twenty something this man was in business with Philip Green. not bad for a kid. but lets look at the alternative, we have a billionnaire owner with no interest in football who loaned us 8,9 million for one year when he knew we could never pay it back. lets get serious we are just a bad investment to him. I would rather have a local guy who gives a **** about football and will give it a go than a billionnaire who doersn't give a **** and lives in belize and doesn't pay tax. he could have put 20 million in and we would have gone up under malky. but he doesn't want us, he put us up for sale like a cheap tart on a street corner. anyone could have a go. i know i am on my soap box, but we complained about the veggie boys who put their money on the table untill ashcrafty kicked them off the board. footvall is high risk and this guy has to fund the end of season shortfall which must be a few million. remeber julian openly said we had to sell a player in january for cashflow. did anyone not notice we didn't sell. so lets not think we are a catch, we have an ugly stadium, depleted squad and an owner who doesn't want us but had the front to kick off the board the two vegies who did want us. so we are getting what we deserve. that said i will go to every game, do the math every week , go on the bbc predictor and see if wed can make the playoffs, regardless of who is in charge. cos thats FOOTBALL[/p][/quote]If no one else praises you, got to do it yourself, hey bassini? footy5722
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3:32pm Sun 20 Feb 11

taniac says...

to footy 5722, I am not bassini or bazini :) but i can see where you are coming from. he should be defending himself a bit.

I don't feel the need to defend him, I just want us to come out of limbo and stop talking about this potential buyer , that one etc as we have been doing for a year. lets get an identity, in the old days when the man elton owned us we were eltons watford. everyone knew what we were about. i hate the fact we have a hundreds of shareholders and no identity. i would rather have one person in charge otherwise lets just do what barcelona do, the fans own the club, they chip in every year and appoint someone to run it. I cant be doing with ashcrafty and simpson owning the majority falling out with the veggie boys causing chaos upstairs. enough is enough. lets get behind one man whoever that is. the board have shown we don't tens of millions to survive . let GT and julian get on with finishing the job they started last year. its stability and continuity we need not feckless shareholders who don't care about football.
to footy 5722, I am not bassini or bazini :) but i can see where you are coming from. he should be defending himself a bit. I don't feel the need to defend him, I just want us to come out of limbo and stop talking about this potential buyer , that one etc as we have been doing for a year. lets get an identity, in the old days when the man elton owned us we were eltons watford. everyone knew what we were about. i hate the fact we have a hundreds of shareholders and no identity. i would rather have one person in charge otherwise lets just do what barcelona do, the fans own the club, they chip in every year and appoint someone to run it. I cant be doing with ashcrafty and simpson owning the majority falling out with the veggie boys causing chaos upstairs. enough is enough. lets get behind one man whoever that is. the board have shown we don't tens of millions to survive . let GT and julian get on with finishing the job they started last year. its stability and continuity we need not feckless shareholders who don't care about football. taniac
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11:40am Tue 22 Feb 11

cronos says...

which Bazini pr company do you work for Taniac or are you really the man himself
which Bazini pr company do you work for Taniac or are you really the man himself cronos
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