History

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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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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Middlesbrough’s Close Encounter With Bankruptcy Revisited

By on Sep 6, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 1 comment

The Insolvency Act of 1986 was enacted on the twenty-fifth of July of that year, and its ramifications would come to change the face of English football, through the introduction of Company Voluntary Arrangements. Prior to the introduction of this law – which was introduced by the government in a bid to entice more entrepreneurial activity in companies with...

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My Favourite Match: France vs Portugal, The 1984 European Championships

By on Aug 28, 2011 in History, International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Football matches come, of course, in all shapes and sizes – the critically important and the relatively inconsequential, local derbies steeped in decades of mutual loathing and round-trips which measure thousands of miles and have never been undertaken before. Occasionally, though, context isn’t everything. Every once in a while, a match can suck an...

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When Squared Sausage Meets Currywurst: Scottish & German Clubs Collide

By on Jul 17, 2011 in European Club Football, History, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

With the speed of a cheetah after it identifies its prey, the Scottish Premier League season approaches. As players in other top flight leagues wake from their midsummer’s naps and beginning stretching for their pre-season action, SPL players are back on their training grounds, preparing for matches that mean more than just a bit of fitness. Most Premier...

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Twenty-Five Years On: The World Cup Carnival Fiasco

By on Jul 3, 2011 in History, Latest | 0 comments

One of the more significant achievements of Joao Havelange’s time in charge of FIFA was to turn the organisation into a financial powerhouse, through merchandising of the World Cup name. The 1982 tournament saw the introduction of corporate sponsorship and the beginning of its conversion into the biggest sporting event on the planet. In the midst of all of...

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Those We Have Lost: Fellows Park, Walsall FC

By on Jun 29, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 4 comments

In 1990, Walsall became one of the first clubs of the modern era to leave their home for pastures new, when they departed Fellows Park for the Bescot Stadium. Tom Lines tells the story of their original home. If you support a club that has moved home and fancy writing about its old ground, feel free to drop us a line via the Contact page. There is plenty more on the...

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