Day: June 22, 2011

The 2007 Women’s World Cup Remembered

There was a bit more money about when the fifth Women’s World Cup took place. And the BBC was quite prepared to spend it on more extensive coverage of the tournament than the anglo-centric focus they are boasting about this time around. It probably wasn’t just the football that attracted the Beeb’s attention in 2007, although England’s improving squad were worthy of it anyway. The corporation almost certainly used the tournament, which was held in China, as preparation for the following year’s Olympics. And what better place to iron out the kinks than on the BBC’s red button from nine o’clock in the morning, GMT? My experience of the women’s game was limited but occasionally intense. I’d heard of Rachel Yankey – it was the sort of name which stuck for the most puerile of reasons, and she was terrifically skilful.  My Arsenal-supporting mate watched their team. And the only Kingstonian fan in Plumstead in South-East London (almost as standout as being the only gay in the village) watched Millwall, as much because of his Trotskyist pretensions towards equality of the sexes as anything else. And all these direct and indirect experiences collided when – to use a phrase only a select few can and that I will probably never be able to use again – I was the tannoy announcer at the FA Cup semi-final. I forget precisely...

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Doing It For A Good Cause: 22/06/11

It’s time, then, for our weekly round-up of charities related to football that you can get involved in or donate to. If you have a charitable venture that you would like to see featured on Twohundredpercent, feel free to drop us a line (Tuesday or Wednesday is the best day to do this, lest your email get lost in a pile of other messages that we receive) and we will make sure to include you. The Adam Stansfield Foundation: The death of Adam Stansfield from bowel cancer last year affected many people, not least of whom were the supporters of the clubs that he played for, including Exeter City, Yeovil Town and Hereford United. Set up in his memory after his death, The Adam Stansfield Foundation is seeking to keep Adam’s memory alive through promoting awareness of bowel cancer as well as the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of children and young people up to the age of sixteenresiding in Devon, Herefordshire and Somerset by the provision of grants and facilities for playing football. In March of this year, a group of supporters set off on the Around The Grounds journey, visiting all ninety-two football league clubs in just eighty hours. They were able to secure some mementos from this journey, which they are auctioning off at an auction to be held on the 23rd...

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