Posts made in 2013

Saints Put To The Sword by Rampant Stags

Saints Put To The Sword by Rampant Stags

By on Nov 11, 2013 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

Absence, we are often told, makes the heart grow fonder. It’s been a little over ten years since I last lived in St Albans and I’d seldom had cause to visit my former home over the course of the intervening decade. Perhaps it is this emotional gap that helped this city, the first true stop north on a journey from London, feel sprightlier to me than it...

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The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Final

The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Final

By on Nov 10, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The best tournaments are won either by the best team or the best story. So the 2013 World Under-17s Cup was bound to feature in the “best” column, regardless of the result of the final. Nigeria were eventually so far and away the best team that it almost seems churlish to criticise their triumphalism towards the end of their 3-0 win over Mexico. Boys will be boys, I...

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Hull City Supporters Make Their Voices Heard

Hull City Supporters Make Their Voices Heard

By on Nov 8, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

Football clubs have always, in the main, been run as fiefdoms. From the late Victorian era and the likes of John Houlding at Liverpool through to his obvious descendents, such as Doug Ellis and Ken Bates, there has always been an element of ‘my way or the highway’ about club owners, but in the twenty-first century, when we demand greater transparency, in...

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O’Neill & Keane – The Dream Team?

O’Neill & Keane – The Dream Team?

By on Nov 7, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Adrian Chiles looked pleased as he was introducing ITV’s Champions League coverage in San Sebastian on Tuesday, stood alongside Ireland’s new management team, Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane. He was even confident/brave enough to liken them to “Laurel and Hardy,” with Keane stood well within arms-reach (Lee Dixon offered “dumb and dumber”, which was...

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The I-Spy Book Of The FA Cup First Round

The I-Spy Book Of The FA Cup First Round

By on Nov 7, 2013 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

The weekend of the First Round of the FA Cup is a familiar enough date in the football calendar to have spawned any number of tropes to have sprung over the years. Every year, the same narrative is written, one of plucky minnows and giants such as, say, Burton Albion or Fleetwood Town. Now, we here at 200% are as guilty of indulging in this as anybody else, but we...

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