A Marriage Of Inconvenience


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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6 Responses

  1. Rob Bernard says:

    What an earth are the FA, Conference and Southern Leagues doing to stop this ridiculous carry on? It would set a very dangerous precident. What would stop businessmen and their associates buying two nearby clubs and do the same?

  2. ursus arctos says:

    To those of us in Italy, this carries inevitable echoes of the “merger” between Lodigiani and Cisco Roma, the background to which The Liquidator describes eloquently in his most recent post here: http://theliquidator.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/the-longest-day-of-football/

    Though in that case, the Cisco board was less transparent about their intent, and waited a year before getting rid of Lodigiani’s name, colours, etc. The result, as you will see from Liq’s post, is that Lodigiani’s ultras are now gracing “stadia” consisting of three concrete steps.

    When Granada 74 pulled this off in Spain (and survived a CAS challenge to their perfidy), the rules were changed to prevent it from happening again. The English authorities need to take action now.

  3. Jim Waterson says:

    At Conference level they seem willing to let this thing happen, although at least then most clubs have the decency to combine both names.

    See Hayes & Yeading and Solihull Moors.

  4. Stoke Prior Andy says:

    You are somewhat misinformed if you could countenance the thought that Bromsgrove supporters would ever back such a stupid idea. The suggestion is that should it happen they’d probably need to police the home fans whose hatred for each other is legendary, whilst away fans could watch in peace. Despite the normal animosity between the two sets of fans any right thinking football supporter hopes Redditch will survive but not by merging with Rovers.

    Studley might merge with them though, if they ask. I think that the Redditch board and fans need to get together to try and see if there is a way out of their current financial mess. It looks clear that they need a solution quickly or, one way or another there may not be a Redditch United next season.

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