June 2011

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: The Parallel Universe Of The FA Amateur Cup

The final day of the Twohundredpercent summer holidays kicks off with a look back at the history of the FA Amateur Cup. In a modern age of sponsors’ names, play-offs and the occasional feeling that we have reached a point in football at which change is the only constant, The FA Amateur Cup is a…

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June 27, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Vault: Steel City Blues

Our summer trawl through the Twohundredpercent vaults continues with this video on the decline of Sheffield football. More than a decade before “The Full Monty”, the decline of the city of Sheffield and the effect of the collapse of the city’s steel industry was already well documented. This week’s Video Of The Week goes back…

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June 26, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Vault: When Wycombe Made The Cup Semi-Final

As the Twohundredpercent summer interval continues, we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers’ run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001. The FA Cup is a competition that throws up surprise results every season, but some records remain and one that may never be broken is that no-one from the bottom two divisions…

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June 26, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Vault: The Maximum Wage And Retain & Transfer

One of the more extraordinary facts to be thrown up by last night’s Premier League match between Blackpool and Manchester United was that one Manchester United player, Wayne Rooney, earns more every week than the entire Blackpool squad does between them. Such are the vagaries of modern football. It wasn’t, of course, ever thus. Until…

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June 25, 2011
Ian

Jack Climbs A Beanstalk While The Giant Pays Transfer Fees With Golden Eggs

Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman? Hmm, smells like pound sterling…. In a more recent piece for the Financial Times, Simon Kuper informs us that top flight football clubs have rapidly turned the business of player evaluation into a quantifiable pursuit. As opposed to a more personal scouting scheme where a club manager…

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June 25, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Vault: In Praise Of… Football Grounds With Alan Mullery

Molineux, Wolverhampton. Judging by the brightness of the sunshine and the bareness of the goalmouth, it’s springtime. The camera lingers on the main stand as it fills up with a lone goalkeeper (Mike Stowell, perhaps?) warming up in front of the camera. Finally, a shower of ticker-tape and the team takes the pitch. Welcome to…

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June 25, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Vault: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

The Cold War spread insiduously into every aspect of life between the end of the second world war and the end of the 1980s, and sport was no exception to this rule, whether it was the Soviets and Americans boycotting each others’ Olympic Games or Bobby Fischer facing off against Boris Spassky at chess in…

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June 24, 2011
Ian
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