Day: January 31, 2011

The Premier League’s Day Of Madness

In October of 2010, New England Sports Ventures paid £218m to Liverpool Football Club plus an extra £83m to underwrite the club’s debts at the time. On the last day of January of 2011, the same organisation valued the Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll at £35m. We’ll return to this particular piece of news shortly but, first of all, we should probably take a moment to focus on the overall sense of absolute, utter madness that has engulfed the Premier League today. After a sensible summer, during which clubs seemed to be taking on board the reality of the wider economic situation in the country and regulatory changes that are being introduced by UEFA, it had felt as if a new wind of austerity had swept across the game. At the end of today, though, the end of the January transfer window – which is supposed to be the tranquil transfer window, characterised by little more than a couple of loan deals and the occasional panic signing – it feels like a battle has been taking place, with Premier League clubs having spent the day daring each other to spend the most money possible in one twenty-four hour period. At the top of the craziness tree sit Liverpool. The decision to sell Fernado Torres was forced upon them by a player that was clearly desperate to leave the club....

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

For those of you viewing Twohundredpercent on our mobile site, you will be able to view this post better by clicking here. It’s time, then, to wind down with our weekly selections of non-league highlights from the last seven days. Our first match this evening comes from Twerton Park, and it’s the Blue Square Premier match between Bath City and Wimbledon. Wimbledon are still chasing a place in the Football League and needed three points from their trip to the west country from this match. Bath, however, may still harbour hopes of a place in the play-offs at the end of the season and provided a stiff test for the team that has spent much of the last few months at the top of the table. Our second match comes from the Premier Division of the Ryman League. Croydon Athletic have had about as dramatic a season as any team could possibly imagine, and are sitting near the foot of the table. They would have one of their most difficult matches of the season on Saturday against Bury Town, who are in second place in the table and are still chasing the coat-tails of the league leaders Sutton United. Our final match comes from the Premier Division of the Zamaretto League and is between Cambridge City and Brackley Town. Cambridge managed to get themselves an extension on their Milton...

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