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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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Ferguson Weeps, St. John Snarls, and Hutchison With The Header: BBC Sportsound Replay

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

Building up to this week’s final round of group qualifying fixtures for the 2012 European Championships, BBC Radio Scotland has produced short audio pastiches daily on their Sportsound programme featuring new interviews with former Scottish national team players along with rebroadcasting some audio caught in the moment after some big matches. Should you care...

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Welsh Cup: Merthyr Town vs Barry Town

By on Oct 6, 2011 in Latest, Welsh Football | 3 comments

Old rivalries were renewed in the first round of the Welsh Cup as Merthyr Town met Barry Town, a fixture which has not graced any competition these two teams have competed in for a number of years. Merthyr have not competed in this competition for some time due to the FAW excluding teams that play in the English pyramid system. For 2011/12 though, the FAW extended...

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