July 2010

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The Horlicks That Is The Current Offside Law

It’s a couple of months old now, but my attention was recently directed to *this article* by The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson, eulogising the current offside law, or more to the point the current interpretation of it. Before I get down to the serious business of slagging it off let me acknowledge: it’s an interesting article, and most of Wilson’s historical analysis is probably fair. In particular, I agree with him on the benefit of the changes in the mid-90s when the interpretation of “interfering with play” was relaxed. These changes addressed that part of the issue to most peoples’ satisfaction, as well as stressing that benefit of the doubt should go to attackers, but still failed to relieve all the frustration that all football fans have with offside decisions much of the time. Wilson is right in noting that something further was required, but goes badly wrong in his analysis of what the actual problem was and thus ends up applauding a cackhanded solution.

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July 21, 2010
Ian

Scarborough: A Football Town Divided

The summer wouldn’t be the summer without a flurry of crises in non-league football, and this year trouble is brewing in Scarborough, a town with more than its fair share of history when it comes to clubs falling into difficulties. Scarborough FC, a Football League club as recently as 1999, were wound up during the…

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July 20, 2010
Ian

Trying To Unwrap The Joe Cole Enigma

At first glance, the signing of Joe Cole by Liverpool might seem like madness. Cole will be twenty-nine years old later on this year and has had a wretched time of it with injuries over the last year or so. He remains a player whose best position remains something of a mystery after ten years…

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July 19, 2010
Ian

Football Kit Design: Behind The Scenes

It’s the pre-season, and as regular readers of Twohundredpercent will know, that means it’s time for our review of all of the latest kits that will be on display in league matches around the country in the coming season.  However, as our resident buffoon, Ted “The Neck” Carter is just as likely to be wondering…

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July 19, 2010
Ted

What Not To Wear 2010/11: The Championship

It’s time for the second of our pre-season round-up of what teams in England will be wearing over the coming season, and today we’re covering the Championship. It’s the fourth most-watched league in Europe, and with a reorganisation of money going into the Football League as a whole benefitting clubs in this division to the…

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July 18, 2010
Ian

FA Cup Replays and the Winter Break

Earlier this week, Owen Gibson of the Guardian reported that the FA were considering making a change to the FA Cup (under a banner of revitalisation for the competition) in order to help create a mid-season break, in order to the England squad. The change is one that would seismic across English football, and that…

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July 17, 2010
Ian

Manchester City Prepare To Turn Hyde Blue

This afternoon at Ewen Fields, the freshly-renamed Hyde FC play Manchester City in a pre-season friendly which may feel more like a home match for City supporters than they might have been expecting. Hyde have had a turbulent time of things over the last twelve months or so, with the club only avoiding liquidation at…

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July 17, 2010
Ian
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