Day: September 24, 2012

100 Owners: Number 83 – Peter Swales (Manchester City)

On the fifth of May 1996, Manchester City drew at home against Liverpool and kissed goodbye to their Premier League status. It was the third time that the club had been relegated from the top division of English football in the previous thirteen years, but this was different – the beginning of the darkest period in the clubs history, a four year spell of misery and anger which saw it drop two divisions before fighting its way back to the top flight. Before the kick-off that day, however, the crowd at Maine Road fell silent to remember a man who came to embody the two decades of decline that had preceded that win or bust game. Peter Swales didn’t live to see his clubs fall from grace. Three days earlier, Swales, reportedly a man left broken by the coup which had ousted him from the clubs boardroom two and a half years earlier, had died at home from a heart attack at just sixty-three years of age. Peter Swales ticked many boxes that led to ridicule on the Kippax terrace during his final years with the club. A self-made Manchester businessman once described by former manager Malcolm Allison as “a little man with a scrape-over hairdo and a blazer with an England crest on it”, he had become the target of one of the most sustained campaigns of its...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

Last weekend saw the FA Cup reach its Second Qualifying Round phase. With the winners of these matches only two wins from a place in the First Round Proper of the competition there was all to play for, and we have no less than eight games from this round, and they are as follows: Dover Athletic vs Tonbridge Angels, Truro City vs AFC Totton, Enfield Town vs Bishops Stortford, Gornal Athletic vs Worcester City, Bury Town vs Wingate & Finchley, Shildon vs Altrincham, Concord Rangers vs Welling United and Badshot Lea vs Leiston. Our thanks go to all those who take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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