Day: October 17, 2011

The Hillsborough Debate …Parliament Shines

This evening, at the Houses of Parliament, we saw a revelation. After twenty-two and a half long years, the Members of Parliament present decided unanimously and without the need for a vote that the government should release all of its documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, bringing, at long last, a chink of light to the ongoing battle of the families of those that died that day after years of struggle. To say that this was evening when emotions ran high would be an understatement of epic proportions. This was an evening when bureaucracy took on a human face, when elected representatives told the story of English football’s greatest tragedy, in terms that left any “debate” over the release of these documents utterly redundant. It was an evening which saw once in a lifetime parliamentary performances from several MPs. Firstly was the member for the Liverpool Walton seat, Steve Rotherham. Mr Rotherham’s speech lasted for twenty-eight minutes and can be seen in full here. A man that was present on the day of the disaster, his clear and concise speech concluded with a point of principle in a world which often seems to have none these days: a listing, for the purposes of the official government record Hansard, of the names and ages of all of those that died. To applause at the end of his speech,...

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Will The Premier League Pull Up The Drawbridge Once And For All?

The warning signs were there, and it now looks as if there is at least a chance that the damn will burst. When Liverpool’s Ian Ayre made his comments regarding the sale of television rights last week, there was widespread derision aimed in his direction, although this was tempered by the belief – some even say understanding – that Ayre was only saying aloud what others were thinking. Further fuel has been added to this particular theory by the revelations of the Chief Executive of the League Managers Association, Richard Bevan, this morning. Bevan, speaking at the Professional Players Federation conference in London, was open in stating that the owners of around five Premier League clubs now wish to end promotion and relegation with the Football League, a decision which, were it ever to come to pass, would end a the meritocracy of English football after over one hundred and twenty years. Bevan, who was addressing the matter of the governance of the game in his speech, noted that, “there are a number of overseas-owned clubs already talking about bringing about the avoidance of promotion and relegation in the Premier League”. This will be likely to produce a knee-jerk reaction from some which would be missing the point of the debate on this subject that needs to be had. The matter of whether the owners of this club are...

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Matters of Hearth & Home in the SPL

There exists evidence to the contrary that a man’s home is his castle. To begin, seeing as how there are so few men living in castles these days, owing to their relatively poor resale value and faulty electrical wiring incapable of ┬áhandling the wattage necessary to capture the beautiful game in breathtaking HD, castles just aren’t prime real estate these days. Stripping away the rather antiquated phrase and applying it to football, there is the simple matter that where a club plays its home matches no longer appears the refuge it might once have been. Instead, for those clubs operated more so with an eye to being a business organisation keen on extending their brand or reinvention as a 21st century enterprise, monuments of yesteryear might be seen simultaneously as albatrosses weighing down portfolios, prime real estate worth more to commercial interests than footballing ones, no longer fit for purpose of any kind, too small for modern spectator events, or leveraging instruments during club ownership negotiations. With London clubs such as Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham United popping up in the news recently regarding where their next moats will be dug around, and with discussions about future castle construction on Merseyside ongoing, stadiums are a hot topic of late, and any or all of these perspectives on their current residences have been submitted. As England is having a sneeze over...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week 2: The Football Conference

We have two sets of non-league videos of the week lined up for you this week. Earlier this evening, we had a quick round-up of matches from the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Now, to follow that up, we have a quick round-up of two matches from the Blue Square Premier, followed by one match from the Blue Square South. Wrexham stayed top of the table with a comprehensive win against Stockport County at The Racecourse Ground, but there was plenty going on elsewhere in the division. Our first match is the match between AFC Telford United and Ebbsfleet United. Second up is the match between Barrow and Hayes & Yeading United. Our third match comes from the Blue Square South, and is the match between Welling United and Dorchester Town. Our thanks go to those that record, edit and upload these videos.   </iframe</p> <p><iframe width=”562″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/gAdNMsh5gy0″ _mce_src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/gAdNMsh5gy0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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