Twohundredpercent won an award from When Saturday Comes this month – a prize that means a great deal to me. It’s time, then, to get drunk on cheap champagne, put on my crown and my ermine, and deliver a thank you speech that would make Gwyneth Paltrow blush.
Leeds United were flattered by the margin of their win against Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier in the FA Cup this evening, but they will need to improve by a mile if they are to avoid abject humiliation at the hands of Manchester United in the next round of the competition.
Mark Murphy returns to one of his pet subjects today, and has a few questions to ask about why, with the news that the players’ wages weren’t paid on time again at the end of last month, Portsmouth’s situation doesn’t appear to have changed much for the better under their new owner.
The hype machine will run into overdrive over the next few months or so and there is nothing that anyone can do about it, apart from gently remind the watching world that even what looks at first glance like a comfortable World Cup draw might yet contain numerous pitfalls for England.
Watford are in financial trouble, but they should be able to find £5m from Elton John or Lord Ashcroft even if they are currently being run by two brothers that supply salad to supermarkets, shouldn’t they? Mark Murphy is less than convinced, and reports on yet another cautionary tale from the Football League.
Histon and Altrincham sit in twelfth and eleven place in the Blue Square Premier respectively. Three weeks before Christmas, they met in the Cambridgeshire rain with half an eye on the play-off places and the other on the bottom of the table. The result wasn’t the greatest game of the season.
Football has changed drastically over the last few years, and not always for the best. Lee Wagstaff takes a look at the burgeoning Ultra fan culture in England and speaks to the Football Supporters Federation about their role in the changing role of supporters within the game.