The Gartside Plan


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. Paul Rushton says:

    Great , enjoyed the read. As a Bolton fan, not so much since they moved to the Breezeblok at Horwich. A small town on the outskirts of Bolton. This is usual drivel from Gartside and would suit the fancy ideas he as that suit only himself. The move out of town , the mediocre managers, the selling of players
    His latest at the club is to introduce cheap/free drings before the game, encourage the fans to bring a flag and stand in the singing area.Only then to be told to sit down by over zealous stewards. Can i remind all at BWFC that this used to be called the Lever End at Burnden Park, the only difference being it was natural by people who cared. There is no training course for a real fan.

    Return to a four league system, promotion & relegation from each. !st division clubs (todays premiership) to agree a friendly with a non league club each pre season instead of playing in mickey mouse overseas tournaments.

  2. Chopper says:

    “We have already got to the situation where the three clubs that go down from the Premier League are usually the three that come up, although a couple of others might sneak in” to use a quote from the BBC.

    So what you’re saying there Phil is that sometimes three clubs that got relegated come straight back, but often only two of them, or even just one make it. That’s genius! Don’t know why I didn’t see it myself.

    I’m a Fulham supporter, so no stranger to the threat and concerns that come with relegation, but we must make sure this never ever happens. Complete Joke. Wage capping could make some difference, but even then I’m not convinced the premier league would be capable of introducing a scheme that would actually work.

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