Match Of The (Mid) Week – AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Bromley


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Joe says:

    My girlfriend’s Dad is a huge Hull FC (the bigger of the two RL clubs in the city). When I say huge, I mean ‘season ticket, away games, hums club song all the time, internecine rivalry with relations who support KR etc etc.’ His attitude to the increasing loonification of League has been, more or less, to put the blinkers on and act as if everything is still the same as it was in the days of This Sporting Life: my feeling is that a lot of supporters of Premier League football teams have done more or less the same thing. If you can maintain some kind of plausible nostalgia, and if the club are willing to participate in feeding that (endless references to heritage, selling vintage shirts etc etc) they seem to be able to get away with doing more or less what they like. I often think that I follow the Darlington I started watching twenty years ago rather than the modern team playing in an 85% empty all-seater stadium who have cheerleaders on the pitch before the game. Much like the contemporary Labour Party, football seems to trade on its past reputation to trap its traditional fans in a kind of false consciousness while at the same time doing exactly the opposite of what those fans want in order to appeal to a new ‘demographic’ (Bill Hicksian ‘urgh’.)

    On another note, AFCW have the air about them that suggests they might get their first decent cup run – they’ve only three qualifying rounds to deal with before (and I bet the thought has already troubled Pete Winkelman’s brow, if no-one else’s) they have the chance to have a crack at MKD at Kingsmeadow…


  2. Phil says:

    I just want to respond to Joes last point about reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup.

    If we do reach that stage of the competiton, and are lucky enough to draw a team from the professional leagues then I really hope that we get a proper team. There are 91 proper teams in the football leagues why would we want to play the only fake one?

  3. Joe says:

    I thought you might want to, you know, mete out justice to them. Presumably you’ll cross swords with them at some point, so why not sooner rather than later?

  4. David says:

    SO how was the bus from Raynes Park ?

    I think you are being a little uncharitable…..Thurrock scored in the 15th minute and played for the draw, under intense AFCW pressure. Similarly, Basingstoke’s own goal was the result of a first half dissection and was one of at least 15 attempts on goal in just the first half.. This season we just seem to keep plugging away in the belief the result will come. I’m not sure why you think the pressure is building – most fans just seem to be sitting back and enjoying the fantastic football we are playing this season !

  5. Martin says:

    Joe, how would it be justice? Given their professional status, we would most likely lose and our silly media would think that that reinforces the move and their credibility. The only justice would be for them to relinquish their League place, let the highest-placed Conference side have it (or us!) and start at the bottom of the Pyramid like we were forced to do. I hope we never play them in any competition. I hope they go bust. They lost another £2.5m last year and the profits of the property development are drying up, especially now that M&S have pulled out.

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