Voices Of Football: Barry Davies – English Football’s Renaissance Man

By on Oct 11, 2011 in History, Latest | 8 comments

There has long been a strand of anti-intellectualism within football which can occasionally be somewhat distasteful, to say the least. It’s the culture that saw Graeme Le Saux labelled as “gay” because he read a broadsheet newspaper and collected antiques. It’s a culture that keeps professional footballers in a state in artificial infantilism until the end of their...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 09-10-2011

By on Oct 9, 2011 in Latest, Video | 0 comments

The football clubs of the Premier League and the Championship had a break for another round of international matches this weekend, but there were few such luxuries for the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers of non-league football with a round of fixtures which included the Preliminary Round of another competition which has suffered a little damage to its...

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Lincoln City & The Harsh Realities Of Life In The Blue Square Premier

By on Oct 9, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

Winning, as successful managers are wont to say at moments of extreme hubris, is a habit. If there is anything to this theory – and whether we should be taking what managers say during times of success at face value is, of course, a matter for conjecture in itself – then we can probably assume that losing can become a habit, and there are few clubs that...

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Voices Of Football: Forty Years Of John Motson

By on Oct 8, 2011 in History, Latest | 6 comments

We’re kicking off another new series on Twohundredpercent this evening, on the subject of the commentators that have brought the game to life. This evening, as an opener, here’s a look at a many that celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his television debut this weekend, and a man who went on to become a voice of football in a way that perhaps no-one...

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England Totter Towards Euro 2012

By on Oct 8, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

For all the panic and soul-searching, then, England have qualified for next year’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, although their performance last night was again patchy and hinted at a team that is likely to struggle against the very best in Europe next summer. Moreover, England’s night – which should, or might, otherwise have been...

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Hillsborough Disaster Second Day News Reports – A YouTube Video Review

By on Oct 7, 2011 in History, Latest | 1 comment

What can we learn about the Hillsborough disaster from contemporary media reporting of it? Mike Bayly finds out. Like Jimmy McGovern’s Hillsborough dramatisation in 1996, the decision to debate the release of key cabinet files relating to the Hillsborough Disaster in the House of Commons later this month has sparked new interest in one of football’s most tragic...

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Learning to Beat Swords Into Plowshares Takes Time

By on Oct 7, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

An odd thing happened to the prediction that Celtic would break the GI Joe kung-fu grip Rangers have had on the Scottish Premier League trophy the past three years. Quite simply, it appears to have been rather hastily determined based on deceptive appearances alone, or perhaps a notable disappearance from Ibrox. With Ally McCoist taking charge after Walter...

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