Day: March 14, 2011

The Seven Ages Of Fan, Part Six: The Pantaloon

As some of you will already be aware, for the last few weeks Monday night have been literature night here on Twohundredpercent. We are delighted to welcome Football Hobo’s Alan Smithy back to our pages this evening for the sixth and penultimate 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 Pantaloon. Love and passion are recurring emotions experienced by number of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, and run throughout his works in much the same way as they course through the veins of football fans. Much like many of his characters’ desires, the course of being a football fan never did run smooth, and our loves, whether football or female are want to bring us to tears more in sorrow than in anger.  Yet while the Bard focussed on star-crossed lovers, he probably couldn’t have imagined the relationship between us and our clubs; partners for life. I am of the opinion that Shakespeare would have been more than capable at summing up the fortunes of football and its followers in his own literary style if he were still around and writing today, but perhaps he was more prescient about football than we give...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: Supporter-Owned Clubs Special

It’s a slightly different time for our non-league videos of the week, and this week we’re focussing on clubs that are owned by their supporters again. First up is the match from the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and Worksop Town. A couple of months ago, we could have been forgiven for thinking that FC United’s league season was grinding to a halt, but they have won seven of their last nine matches and now have an excellent chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season. Their opposition, Worksop Town, are in mid-table but with several games in hand on the teams above them will surely not have given up on their ambitions of making the play-offs either. In the Blue Square Premier, Wimbledon have come rather unstuck of late. They were at home against Kidderminster Harriers having won just one of their last four matches. They lost top place in the table to Crawley Town last week, but need to keep winning to sure up their chances of a play-off place. Kidderminster Harriers, meanwhile, found themselves deducted five points earlier in the season but still have ambitions of finishing in the play-off places themselves, although they have played more matches that the other clubs around them in the table. AFC Liverpool are in seventh place in the First Division of the...

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