Day: July 3, 2012

New Season, New Club… New Mungo

The new season is looming, and we are delighted to announce that Mungo will be returning for the new season in the next few few weeks, with Mungo McCrackas having returned to Scotland after his year long stint with Primrose Hill Ramblers in London. Here’s our resident artisan Ed Carter to tell you a little bit more about his return to Scotland. Any similarities to actual events are, of course, entirely coincidental. Glasgow Paisley have been relegated after going bust, but they have a saviour: Sir Roddy Bulbs. He buys the club and forms a newco under the conditions...

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Match Of The Past: Stoke City

The next in our series of Match Of The Past – which will have covered all twenty Premier League clubs soon and will be moving onto the Football League thereafter – focusses on Stoke City, and six matches covering the years between 1970 and 1996. The 1970s were a happy decade for the club. In 1972 they won their first major trophy, and there was a hint of what was to come year before, when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup before losing to Arsenal. Our first match is their quarter-final match from that competition against Hull City. This is followed up with an away match, against Chelsea from the 1974/75 season. Our third match features Stoke seeking promotion from the Second Division in 1979 and is a home match against West Ham United. We then have two matches from the early 1980s, an away match against Sunderland from the 1982/83 season – Stoke City are in sky blue for that match – and a home match against West Ham United from the following season. Our final match is from the 1995/96, and features Stoke on their travels again, this time to play Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, featuring a very dazed looking Wolves goalkeeper Mike Stowell and impromptu goalkeeping performance from the late Dean Richards. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Past: Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City haven’t, as we all know, always had things as good as they do now. The history of the club is, however, dotted with some great wins and this mornings Match Of The Past goes back in time to the years between 1956 and 1989 to replay six of them for you. Our first match is the 1956 FA Cup Final, played at Wembley against Birmingham City. We then head for their championship season of 1967/68 and a match against Tottenham Hotspur played at a snowy Maine Road – a match that became known as the ‘Ballet On Ice’. City couldn’t retain their league title the following year, but they did win the FA Cup in 1969 and this allowed them entry into the European Cup Winners Cup, and our next match is the final of that competition against Gornik Zabrze in Vienna. Next up sees City back at Wembley to play Newcastle United in the final of the 1976 League Cup. The years after this were years of decline for the club, but they did pull off an outstanding performance against a Liverpool team which ended the season as champions at Anfield during the 1981/82 season, and our final match is one that will probably already be very familiar to City supporters – the home match against Manchester United from September 1989. You can...

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A View From The Armchair: Our Final Word On Euro 2012

During a fine European Championship finals tournament which had its shocks, the revelation that BBC co-commentator Martin Keown once captained England was possibly the most disturbing shock of all. Keown had as bad a tournament as Ashley Young, a player labelled an “international natural” last month by…er…me. And while commentators are prone to mistakes, having to fill air-time with one other person who is sometimes Jonathan Pearce, almost every word from Keown was either wrong or very wrong indeed. Mark Lawrenson is the BBC’s “top” co-commentator but Keown was the worst in show. It was hard to see how he qualified to be at the tournament in the first place. And then you saw Robbie Savage go through his analytical paces. Thankfully, the football, mostly, took your mind off those commenting on it, even when Spain’s ultimately crushing victory over injury-dogged Italy brought furious back-pedalling from pundits who were writing them off as “boring” just days ago. The entertainment on offer sagged a little at the quarter-final stage and in Spain’s semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. But it was brought back to its earlier vibrancy by the Warsaw semi-final and, at least until Thiago Motta’s hamstring went ping, the best international tournament final in ages. Italy were involved in the best two-and-a-half games – their meetings with Spain and their folklore-entering ambush of Germany. The BBC’s Alan Hansen may...

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