Day: February 14, 2013

Turning Cardiff Red, The Vincent Tan Way

On the pitch, Cardiff City are having a season that has been about successful as any of their supporters could hope for. The club is eight points clear at the top of the Football League Championship with only a third of the season left to play, and barring a spectacular collapse a place in the top division of the English football system for the first time in a little over fifty years is now a near certainty. Off the pitch, however, the rebranding of the club continues a face, and the schism between those supporters who don’t care that much about it and those that are opposed to the culture of their club being sacrificed at the altar of the promise of a place in the Premier League remains as great as ever. Next Tuesday, Cardiff City play Brighton & Hove Albion at The Cardiff City Stadium in match which may well prove to be another opportunity for those divisions to show themselves. The club has announced that it will be giving away twenty thousand scarves prior to this match, but it doesn’t require a great deal of cynicism to consider that this giveaway might not necessarily be motivated by generosity alone. A considerable proportion of the club’s support has stuck with its previous blue and white livery, and giving away a whole load of red and white scarves...

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Match Of The Past: Scunthorpe United

We continue our series of the archive matches of the clubs of Football League One this morning with one of the stalwarts of the lower divisions, Scunthorpe United. Our first match is from the 1957/58 season, and features Scunthorpe – then still known as Scunthorpe & Lindsay United – at home against Liverpool in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. For our second match, we stay in the same round of the same competition, only this time it’s twelve years later and Scunthorpe are travelling to Wiltshire to play Swindon Town in February 1970. We then complete a hat-trick of FA Cup matches with our next match, which sees Scunthorpe at home against Leeds United in a Third Round Second Replay match from the start of 1984. Our second three matches are all from the Football League. First up is a trip to play Hull City in October 1996, and then we have a home match against Mansfield Town from November 2000, and finally we have the club’s promotion party from the end of the 2006/07 season. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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