August 2011

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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

Football Governance And Parliament: What Happens Next?

The healthy obsession Labour MP Tom Watson has with the fall of Rupert Murdoch, son James, and the News Corporation media group has deflected attention away from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s recently-published report on football governance. And this is probably a plus. The report’s thirty-four recommendations were not chock full…

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August 8, 2011
Mark

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Swansea City

Certain sections of the media have long had the mildly irritating habit of treating 1992 and the beginning of the Premier League as football’s Year Zero. In this world, “the history of football” is substituted for “the history of the Premier League”, as if nothing that happened prior to the twenty biggest clubs cutting themselves…

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August 8, 2011
Ian

Meet The Upwardly Mobile St Neots Town

Mike Bayly went to meet a football club that is potentially at the start of a journey up through the divisions. Non-League supporters are the Bill Brysons of the football world. Whereas a trip to most Football League grounds comes packaged with the familiarity of large urban conurbations, the grass roots experience can lead a…

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August 7, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Sunderland

Well, no-one can say that he’s not ambitious. Steve Bruce’s summer in the transfer market has been one of the most interesting of all Premier League clubs, with a clutch of signings which hint at a manager that is no longer satisfied with perpetual Premier League survival and mid-table security, and would like to push…

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August 6, 2011
Ian
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