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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Reading FC

At this time of the year, there are a lot of us trying to quantify the unquantifiable. The start of the new football season sees a frantic dash to predict and analyse, but precious few seek to factor in the variables that generate so much of the games appeal in the...

The 2012 Olympic Games: Footballs Legacy

The dust is very gradually settling on an almost entirely successful London Olympic Games. And the BBC aren’t about to let us forget how good they were, as they had as successful a Games as anybody – even “Square Eyes”, the TV critic in satirical magazine Private Eye,...

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Queens Park Rangers

Okay, let’s get this out of the way quickly, before we move onto altogether more relevant matters. Joey Bartons sending off at Manchester City was a pretty stupid piece of behaviour, for which he has been severely punished. There. That wasn’t so bad, was...

Is Push Turning To Shove At Fratton Park?

At Home Park last night, Plymouth Argyle comfortably beat a scratch Portsmouth side made up largely of youth team players by three goals to nil in the First Round of this years League Cup. Seldom could such a result have seemed more trivial in comparison with events...

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Norwich City

So, let’s get the obvious line out of the way first. That difficult second season. Buoyed by the adrenaline high of promotion into a new division, a team kicks on and exceeds the most apocalyptic of pre-season predictions. In the lower divisions, this might mean...

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Newcastle United

It’s easy to forget, when the news is throwing stories at us at such a high velocity as they do these days, that this time two years ago that Newcastle United supporters were anxiously returning to the Premier League after a brief sabbatical and worrying whether...