Day: March 22, 2011

Twenty-Five Years Of When Saturday Comes

Disclaimer: As some of you will already be aware, Twohundredpercent was fortunate enough to win a gold medal – a metaphorical one, we should point out, not a real one – in the 2009 and 2010 When Saturday Comes Webwatch awards and, in addition to this, our site’s Ian King, Rob Freeman, Chris Taylor and Gavin Saxton have all been lucky enough to contribute to the magazine over the past few years. We mention this only in the interests of full disclosure; the following article has been written in full independence and is, we feel, a fair reflection of the opinions of us that write this site. The mid-1980s were probably the worst time in history for English football. The beginning of the 1985-1986 season had been overshadowed by the aftermath of two different disasters at the end of the previous season. First of all, fire destroyed the wooden grandstand at Valley Parade, costing the lives of 56 Bradford City fans, who should otherwise have been celebrating their first ever promotion to the Second Division. Later that month, the Heysel stadium saw 39 more deaths, as a result of Liverpool fans charging their Juventus counterparts before the European Cup final – the only parallel with Bradford being that the construction of the ground was a major factor in the scale of the tragedy – which brought about the indefinite...

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Anton Hysen Shines A Light On Footballs Insular Mentality

A footballer came out of the closet last weekend. Anton Hysén, as you will likely have read over the last few days, gave an interview with the Swedish football magazine Offside in which he confirmed his sexuality. Hysen plays for Utsiktens BK in the fourth tier of the Swedish league system (which, in a manner similarly confusing to that in England, is called Division Two) and, if this were any other matter, the biggest aspect of any story concerning Anton Hysén would be that his father is Glenn Hysén, the former Liverpool defender and captain of Sweden (who, for the record, has already expressed his support for his son publically). This, however, is not any ordinary story, for football at least. Hysén’s interview was given with the boldness and assurance of a young man on top of his game. At twenty years of age, he is frank and unapologetic about his sexuality (the question, “And why should he be?” is, of course, a rhetorical one) and his bafflement at the weird, insular world of which he is a part – “It’s so weird when you think about it. It’s so fucked up, the whole thing. Where the hell is everyone else?” – is the voice of someone that simply cannot see how the outside world has been unable to encroach into the world of which he is part. For...

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