Day: March 16, 2011

Midweek Non-League Video Special

The pressures of the outside world don’t often often intrude into the world of Twohundredpercent, but they have this evening and our normal service has been slightly interrupted. Everything will be back to normal with a fresh Mungo tomorrow morning, but for tonight we’re going to leave you with a handful more non-league videos from the last couple of days. Last night was a big night in non-league football, with matches the length and breadth of the country, and our first match is the Blue Square South match between Dartford and Eastleigh. With Eastleigh in the pack chasing a play-off place, this was an important match. Our second match comes from the top of the Ryman League Premier Division. Bury Town are in the pack chasing leaders Sutton United, and a win last night against mid-table Margate would help them close the gap on the leaders. With Sutton not having a game last night, a win would reduce Sutton’s lead at the top of the table to six points, with Bury still having a game in hand. Our third match is from the Blue Square North, where Monday night’s match between Hyde FC and AFC Telford United affected both ends of the league table, with Hyde being just above the relegation places and Telford still being in the play-off places and with a chance of still snatching the championship...

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Tales From The Sharp End: Cardiff City, Tranmere And Plymouth Argyle

I’ve been off-line for most of the last month – my PC is older than my jokes and I can’t afford a replacement on this money. And I was hopeful that, beyond Plymouth, there wouldn’t be much football financial mess to cover. Some hope. There was good news. The fact that West Ham’s losses were only £20.6m seems to be the starting pistol for a good ol’ Cockney knees-up, especially as they’ve been allowed to ride roughshod over Premier League rules to grab their tenancy of the Olympic Stadium. Wolves look like they’re having a ball, with nearly two years of Premier League survival behind them. But it remains to be seen how either club will cope if relegation beckons. And for every Wolves, there’s at least one club available to remind us that football, mostly, remains in a financial mess. Blimey, even Arsenal lost money between June and November. Take Plymouth, for instance. Administration has seemed pretty inevitable since England’s 2018 World Cup bid went east. The cynics have said, and I have agreed with pace and vigour, that the full horror of the Pilgrims’ situation manifested itself when they ‘had to’ call in Peter Ridsdale for help. But a disturbing number of Argyle fans (‘any’ Argyle fans is a disturbing number in this context) have given Ridsdale credit for what he has done for Plymouth, unpaid, unofficially,...

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As Stephen Vaughan Goes To Prison: Chester FC, One Year On

Revenge, it is said, is a dish best served cold and, while the imprisonment of Stephen Vaughan for fifteen months at the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre yesterday was an incident unrelated to his involvement in football, there may be some people in Chester that will regard this sentence as some degree of providence, held over for what he did to their club. Vaughan was imprisoned for punching a  police officer after an incident outside his house, following an incident at a pub on the Wirral. The judge, David Fletcher CBE, said of Vaughan’s behaviour that it was, “It was extremely unattractive. It involved a police officer making a perfectly legitimate inquiry.” His son, along with another man, was given a six month community order and 120 hours unpaid work after admitting threatening behaviour. That this news should emerge on this of all weeks is particularly striking, as it was almost exactly a year to a day since the final act of Vaughan’s failure as the owner of Chester City FC was played out at the High Court in London. On the 10th of March 2010, with no-one even there to try and defend the club’s honour, Chester City, who had already been expelled from the Football Conference, were wound up. It was a moment to pause and reflect on what had happened there over the previous few months,...

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