Day: February 28, 2011

The Seven Ages Of Fan, Part Four: The Soldier

As some of you will already be aware, for the next few weeks Monday night is now literature night here on Twohundredpercent. We are delighted to welcome back Football Hobo’s Alan Smithy back to our pages this evening for the fourth act of his seven part epic which traces the life of the football supporter in relation to the celebrated monologue from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, which is better known as “The Seven Ages Of Man”, or “All The World’s A Stage”. This evening: The Soldier. Honour and betrayal – bedfellows of chairmen and their managers, and favourite themes recurring in the works of the Bard. And while he may not have been able to imagine the intrigue and double dealings of modern day football, the course of boardroom affairs never did run smooth. And what of the modern day chairmen? Their love lies in their purses, while Chris Hughton, Sam Allardyce and those other unfortunates on the merry-go-round might rightly think that they were more sinned against than sinning in this winter of  managerial discontent. I reckon Shakespeare could’ve knocked out a decent football play if he were around today, but perhaps he was more prescient about the beautiful game than we give him credit for. If you take one of his most famous soliloquys and look at it slightly sideways, you might find that it was...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: Blue Square Premier Special

This morning’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Bet Premier. Last weekend saw the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy, which involved a number of clubs from the fifth division, all of which left clubs that had already been eliminated from that particular competition to get on with the important job of accumulating points in the league. Our first match features Wimbledon and Altrincham. Wimbledon, to put it bluntly, need to keep winning now if they are to get anywhere near the top of the Blue Square Premier table by the end of the season. Their defeat at home against Wrexham during the week left Crawley Town firmly in the driving seat at the top of the table, just three points behind them but with five games in hand. Altrincham, meanwhile, remain firmly in the relegation places at the bottom of the table. Our second match features another club that are battling against relegation, Hayes & Yeading United, against a team chasing a place in the play-offs, York City. Hayes, with the lowest average home crowds in the league, were always going to face an uphill battle to stay in the Blue Square Premier and it is to their credit that they are still in touch with the others at the foot of the table and they currently sit one place above the bottom four in...

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