When The Lights Went Out


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. Gervillian Swike says:

    I dunno, usually when I see stories of clubs hitting crisis point because of external pressures and bureaucracy, I feel sad because of the communities that suffer as a result; but in this case, if nineteen people are turning up for a match, you have to seriously question how important this club is to its community, and if it wouldn’t just be better off playing in a league where floodlights are not required; without wanting to appear too harsh, most Saturday/Sunday league games in my neck of the woods – and we’re talking South Wales here, not a bustling urban area or a thriving one-club suburb – would attract nineteen people, and a decent old schoolboys-based game could probably get around thirty to forty. I agree with the closing sentiment that in general leagues have to acknowledge the potential impact of their sanctions on both the clubs they’re meant to support and on their own credibility, but this looks like a club fighting seriously above its weight that really needs to find its own level.

  2. Warren says:

    That’s not really the point tho is it Gervillian. The point is that ground grading requirements are killing clubs. Im all for improving facilities for spectators but we have got to be realistic. Im off to see Lewes v Eastbourne this afternoon, and Lewes are probably going into administration, in part because of trying to get their ground up to Conference standards. And for what? They are lucky to get 500 fans through the gates, so grade the ground accordingly.

  3. JamPot says:

    The comment about swathes of clubs folding/disappearing is an interesting if perhaps over-reacting comment.

    The sudden demise of a number of clubs that cannot meet the ‘rules-is-rules’ culture of the Ryman would actually mean that suddenly that organisation didnt have the number of clubs it requires for its leagues and the associated fees.

    Of course if the rules are rules then if the League tried to run the league without the full consignment of clubs and this is against their rules then they would have to penalise themselves.

    How just…..

  4. Herr General says:

    Gervillian is obviously a very intelligent man. My guess is that he is a tall handsome chap, possibly with a touch of the ginge, with a candid if skewed view of life and known throughout his workplace for his lugubrious joke delivery. A living pastiche of Rigsby if you will.

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