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Relegation Looms for Carmarthen Town (…Or Does It?)

The close of a football season usually brings about some interesting ties. These can come in the form of title deciders or battles to avoid relegation. One such clash that took place on the last day of regular fixtures in the Welsh Premier League was between Port Talbot and Carmarthen Town. Carmarthen need to take…

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May 5, 2012

Now That Rangers Are Saved (Redux)

We are delighted to announce today that 200% has received an unconditional bid for the Rangers opinion piece from Mr Mark Murphy which has been accepted and he is now the preferred author. Mr Murphy now proposes to complete his article by the end of this weekend. Mr Murphy’s proposal involves the use of a…

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May 4, 2012

Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883 group, which has…

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May 4, 2012

On Mortality And Football

The culture of association football is sometimes best regarded as a blank canvas onto which we can project just about any value system. Over the years, it has come to take on its own ecosystem as a world of its own. It has clearly defined seasons, its own judiciary – which mirrors but seldom matches…

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May 3, 2012

Was The Brotherhood Of Fans A Figment Of My Imagination After All?

Matt Johnson is a friendly fellow with, as you will shortly find out, awesome social skills. Lately, however, he has found himself wondering whether the football supporters that he approaches and talks to on trains share his enthusiasm for chewing the cud on the subject of the national game with people he’s never met before. Matt…

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May 2, 2012

Premature Rejection: The Fourth Estate And Roy Hodgson

Once the announcement had been made, they acted with admirable speed. It took just two days from an announcement appearing on the Football Association’s website on Sunday afternoon for an interview to be held and, this afternoon, a press conference to follow confirming that Roy Hodgson is the new manager of the England national football…

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May 2, 2012

The Morning After The Night Before: Fall-Out From The Manchester Derby

If the Premier League excels at any one thing, then that thing must be spectacle of the type that we saw at the City of Manchester Stadium last night. The significance of this meeting between Manchester City and Manchester United – both literal and symbolic – could not have been lost upon anybody that cast so…

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May 1, 2012
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