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Ian

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. discostu says:

    I keep meaning to take a photo of the giant concrete ARSE(nal) at the bridge entrance by drayton park station.

  2. Moore says:

    Apparently the deal maker was that Duff gets to play on the left at Newcastle. I can see how he’d prefer that to being a a lengthy cue of left sided wingers at Spurs or Liverpool.

    Furthermore, what you say about old grounds is true, but just another reflection of changing times. I used to love walking to Maine Rd, for the fact that even though the new Kippax was just short of Everest in hight, you couldn’t see the bloody thing until you stubbed your toe on it coming round the corner of an alley running between some back-to-back three up two downs. Physically, as wee as figuratively, the club was rooted in its community. Same goes for Highbury, Anfield, and any number of grounds up and down the country apart from Old Trafford (sly dig). Unfortunately it means the clubs never had the option to build outwards. Stands got higher, and residents got pissed off about their poor light and TV reception. To “compete” with Man Utd and their ever expanding ground, most clubs have to up sticks to a bit of disused industrial space and start over.

    Many people say City’s move has brought it closer to the heart of Manchester, and this is geographically true. City’s real heart, and that of many other clubs, remains in the closed down chippys and fenced off appartments left in their wake.

  3. Moore says:

    Oh, and Newcastle, I hate you. Any chance to cheer on Uwe in any capacity is welcome, and you spoiled it.

  4. discostu says:

    At least with Arsenal and Ashburton Grove, its only a couple of hundred meters away, plus the tube access is going to be pretty much the same as before. So, bar a slightly further walk, not much should change.

  5. kate says:

    I like what they are doing to Highbury. But then, what do I know?

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