A Tale Of Three Cities


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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4 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    Yet another article about how Manchester City have “killed” the game. City are fine to everyone as long as they have no chance of ever winning anything. it appears to be fine for the big 4 clubs to have large investment and sign all of the top players, but not City. Sadly since the G14 clubs hijacked the game the only way anyone else is going to challenge is by having a mega wealthy owner.

    Newcastle fans are simply protesting about the sacking of their manager (like City fans did earlier this year with Sven), they are also unhappy with Ashley because he has not spent enough money. All owners are welcome by all clubs fans (as we will see if this Indian takeover happens at Newcastle) providing they are prepared to spend enough money on players and not laden the club with debt.

    As a City fan I will be happy if other clubs like Newcastle, Everton and Spurs also get major investment that enables them to challenge for honours. Most City fans just want to see their club have the ability to challenge for the top prizes, unlike the G14 clubs who hated competition and wanted a closed shop.

    As for Garry Cook’s comment on no promotion or relegation I have yet to meet a City fan who isn’t disgusted by that suggestion.

  2. furq says:

    Sadly, thanks to the efforts of the closed shop G14, the only way you can compete in the Premier League is with the influx of money. Over the last few years, the world of horse racing (which I might add, is inextricably linked to the one of football) has been taken over by exceedingly rich Arabs, who think nothing of spending the millions of pounds required to race just one horse. You are deluded if you believe that the old days of football, where the fans actually had a say will ever return. Look at the Man U fans who set up FCUM. Has that changed anything? Will Newcastle fans actually bring back Keegan? The fact that they even want him back shows how much they deserve Ashley. West Ham, Portsmouth, Liverpool and Villa are all owned by shady billionaire businessmen (you dont get that rich by being good) but thats ok, because they arent Arabs or Orientals. The media jealousy at whats happening at Manchester City is sickening. I’m glad we’re no longer everyones second favourite club. In the words of Millwall fans – “no one likes us; we dont care”.

  3. Joe says:

    Football-wise, Monday through Wednesday made it seem as if my coffee had been spiked…

  4. Gervillian Swike says:

    “Maybe this week has been the point at which I’ve lost touch with the Premier League.”

    I know what you mean. It all seems rather pointless these days.

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