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The 200% Football Podcast 2 – The Infernal Premier League

The 200% Football Podcast 2 – The Infernal Premier League

Hello everybody, and welcome to the second Twohundredpercent podcast relating to football. This week, we’re indulging ourselves a little and drawing up a list of what we have come to call “The Infernal Premier League”, a division of twenty clubs who will remain English football’s top twenty in perpetuity. So, join Edward Carter and I…

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February 28, 2015
Ian
On Fatherhood & Football

On Fatherhood & Football

They don’t warn you, of course. From the very moment that a wave of “I think I’m late” washes over your significant other for the first time to the point at which you’re looking at a grainy black and white image of something that looks like a human being while a feeling of “somehow or…

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February 27, 2015
Ian
The Death & Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

The Death & Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

When the end finally comes, it is usually the mundanity of that is the most striking thing of all. At the High Court in London, five days before Christmas and with most “football people” focusing their attention on the forthcoming rush of holiday fixtures, Hereford United Football Club passed quietly into the night, another of…

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February 25, 2015
Ian
Steven Pressley & Coventry City’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Steven Pressley & Coventry City’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

When the axe fell, it was at least swift. Steven Pressley’s two years in charge of Coventry City Football Club ended yesterday with his dismissal from a club that has dropped into the League One relegation places at just about the most difficult time of the season. February is the point of the season at…

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February 24, 2015
Ian
Stan Collymore… Moral Guardian?

Stan Collymore… Moral Guardian?

I often wonder where they would have been if we hadn’t have taken them in, fed them and washed them. Imagine the scene. A leading club, one of England’s best-supported, reaches the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against a long-standing, bitter rival in a match televised live by the BBC. From an early stage, they…

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February 22, 2015
Mark
The 200% Football Podcast 1 – What Does A Manager Actually *Do*?

The 200% Football Podcast 1 – What Does A Manager Actually *Do*?

Those of you who continued to follow the fortunes of this website while it was on its hiatus from football will be fully aware of the fact that podcasting every Friday became a regular staple of our diet. Well, now we’ve climbed aboard the football bandwagon again, it’s time to resurrect that terrible idea, so…

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February 21, 2015
Ian
Premier League Players Worth Every Penny, Says Peck

Premier League Players Worth Every Penny, Says Peck

Amid all the fevered reaction to the national GDP-sized English Premier League (EPL) TV deal for 2016-2019, one article particularly activated my bile duct. It wasn’t from a usual suspect, either. No Martin Samuel little-Englander/Francophile nonsense. No mainstream Scottish media straight-down-the-line lying. But the Independent newspaper’s hitherto inoffensive and, in my opinion, highly-readable Tom Peck,…

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February 20, 2015
Mark
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