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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Time can be a great healer. A decade ago, Wolverhampton Wanderers continued to labour under the moniker of being “sleeping giants”. It was a nickname that contrasted strongly with what looked at the time like a near-pathological inability to scrap its way into the Premier League and an albatross around the necks of players charged…

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August 10, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Gillingham

The real party, of course, was on Saturday. Brighton & Hove Albion marked their arrival at The Amex Community Stadium with a late, late win against Doncaster Rovers, but the celebrations continued this evening with a narrow win against Gillingham of League Two. After fourteen years waiting, though, could the new stadium possibly live up…

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August 9, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Wigan Athletic

They escaped by the skin of their teeth last season, but for Wigan Athletic there has been little to get excited about this summer and there remains the distinct possibility of another long, hard winter ahead for a club that has, over the last few seasons, battled against all odds to keep hold of this…

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August 9, 2011
Ian

The Under-20 World Cup: Let’s Get This Party Started

It is a quirky system that requires two-thirds of the matches to knock out one-third of the entrants. But the opportunity for a well-placed third-placed team in a group to qualify for the last-16 gave us what drama there was in the third series of matches at the Under-20s World Cup… and perhaps the most…

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August 9, 2011
Mark

Madly Honest For a Change

The only managerial soap opera that was to have transpired in Edinburgh this summer was to have been at Easter Road involving the love triangle between Hibernian FC, Colin Calderwood, and Nottingham Forest. Then again, when “Mad Vlad” Romanov blows into town to see about things over at Tynecastle, general upheaval can never be too far out…

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August 8, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Tottenham Hotspur

In a bid to establish dominance, a cockerel performs a waltz of sorts about the hen house yard, strutting in a semi-circle with its wing down and glaring menacingly at his fellow poultry, spoiling for a fight. Should this not suffice, the cockerel puffs out his chest, extends his wings, and runs around the yard…

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August 8, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: West Bromwich Albion

Last season was one of stability for West Bromwich Albion, and while this in itself must have felt like a blessed relief for the supporters of the club it had an altogether more prosaic value to the club itself. A season mid-table stability to The Hawthorns brought a tangible and significant return on the clubs…

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August 8, 2011
Ian
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