Posts by Ian

World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

By on Dec 19, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

They say, of course, that the best World Cup finals is the one that was held when you were ten years old. In the summer of 1982, I was three months shy of my tenth birthday and this tournament marked the consummation of a love affair that had been growing, steadily and inexorably, for the previous three years or so, and in addition to this there was the small matter...

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The Hedge Fund & The Football Club: A Year-Round Pantomime

The Hedge Fund & The Football Club: A Year-Round Pantomime

By on Dec 18, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 8 comments

Every once in a while, we receive an anonymous email or two here at the 200% underground bunker. Usually it’s a gramatically incompetent stream of abuse from an ├╝ber-fan because we’ve been mean about his – and let’s face it, it’s only going to come from a “him”, isn’t it? – football club, the little diddums, but...

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Cardiff City – Tan vs McKay: Seconds Out… Round Two

Cardiff City – Tan vs McKay: Seconds Out… Round Two

By on Dec 17, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 4 comments

It was, perhaps, unsurprising that barely forty-eight hours after a one-nil victory against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend ended a run of five matches without a win, storm clouds should start to circle The Cardiff City Stadium again. There has, after all, been something of a fractious atmosphere surrounding the club over the last few months or so, and even...

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Hull City’s Assem Allam Is A Symptom Of A Broader Problem

Hull City’s Assem Allam Is A Symptom Of A Broader Problem

By on Dec 12, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 4 comments

There’s an attempt at a coup d’etat going on in football in this country at the moment, and it feels as if point is rapidly approaching at which supporters of all hues will draw a line in the sand and say “enough.” Indeed, that point may already have been reached this week with the confirmation that, having originally promised that there...

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