A Personal Message

39 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   March 11, 2009  |     10

Long time readers may or may not be aware that Twohundredpercent has been open for almost three years, now. However, over the last few weeks the comments made on this site (which have, by and large, been approved regardless of what they say) have started to affect me to an extent that I am considering closing up for good – as you may have noticed, the number of posts on here has decreased over the last few weeks or so.

While I make a decision over whether to do this or not, the site will remain open and I will continue to post. In the mean time, I would ask you to think about what you say before you post in the comments. This site does not run at a profit (I pay the hosting costs myself on a monthly basis), and I am struggling to think of justifiable reasons why I should keep it open when every other comment seems to be saying little more than what a cunt I am. Going forward, I will be moderating posts on here in a more heavy-handed fashion. I will decide what is posted on here – if you don’t like it you can, with all due respect, fuck off. There are plenty of other football sites out there.

The alternative is for me to close comments on here altogether, which is something that I had really hoped to avoid. I value constructive input and have often apologised for errors that I have made in my posts and corrected them accordingly. At this stage, however, writing this is starting to feel like a chore and I promised myself that the moment it started to feel like that, I would reconsider whether it is worth the time (approximately two hours every single day) and effort.



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.

  • March 11, 2009 at 7:43 pm


    I never post comments here because I don’t have much to add, but I’d just like to say that I always read your posts with interest and it’d be a massive blow if this site was closed. This is one of the few blogs I read on a regular basis, because it’s amongst the few I’ve found which have intelligent and interesting things to say on the subject of football.

    So, in short: Please don’t pack it all in!

  • March 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm


    You’re only saying this because you have a CLEAR AND PRESENT ANTI IPSWICH TOWN AGENDA.

  • March 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm


    Ignore them, this is easily the most far-reaching, intelligent and interesting football blog i have seen. i’m sure there are many others like me who enjoy it without feeling the need to post comments each day. i don’t even read the comments, that’s not what i visit the site for. keep up the good work mate :)

  • March 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Gervillian Swike

    I am sorry to hear this. As I’ve said before, and many others agree with me I’m sure, this is the best footy blog on the net, especially as it covers so many different strands of football, and it is something I genuinely look forward to reading. Unfortunately, every blog I read these days appears to be accompanied by comments from idiots and children, who say nothing more than “Your team’s shit, your town is scum, and you’re a twat”. It really is ruining things. Anyway, I hope you appreciate the support you have from those who actually enjoy this blog, of which there are many.

  • March 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm


    Seriously, keep the website going. It’s well written. It seems a pretty basic point to make about something in the written media, but it’s getting rarer and we could do without losing another. I’m a fan of a Premier League team, but probably look forward to reading this blog more than any other, as it takes me back to what first interested me in football in the first place; the feeling that one was part of a small group of like-minded individuals, dreaming of shared glory, or to be honest, sometimes even as little as shared adequacy.

    Make the comments subscriber only, or even lose the comments, but keep up flying the flag for grass-roots football.

  • March 11, 2009 at 10:24 pm


    I only came across this blog after drifting by the 20 most important clubs in the world post a couple of weeks ago and have been reading your prevous content with interest. It’s refreshing to find someone writing about football from a similar angle that I see the game from rather than the Sky TV gravy train angle. Please don’t close down!!

  • March 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm


    I only ever read the site via RSS so have happily avoided the usual crap in comments. Please don’t stop publishing as you are undoubtedly one of the very few thoughtful intelligent football writers around at the moment. I say this as somebody v heavily involved in social media but comments are overrated. If people can’t debate civilily, close the comments. Comment moderation shouldnt be your job. Trolls will always find somewhere else to go. But don’t stop writing. That really would a tragedy.

  • March 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm


    Love this blog, please don’t stop writing. It’s such a healthy and necessary voice for the game and the game (and world) would be a duller place without it.

  • March 12, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Noel H

    I’m another that doesn’t post comments but this is one of the few blogs I read regularly from the church of rock.
    Ignore the negative comments; I’m sure you have an appreciative silent readership much greater in number than the cadre of assturkeys posting craphanded comments.

  • March 12, 2009 at 5:14 am


    Hey man your site is one of the best in the world. There is nowhere else people can find this kind of coverage of the true roots of soccer. Go ahead take the heavy handed approach with the comments, it might simply be the price of popularity. I hope you decide to keep with it because yours is one of just a few sites I check daily.
    Thanks for all of the effort it doesn’t fall on deaf ears.

  • March 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Ron Ipstone

    Using the kind of language which you have has devalued yourself and yet added nothing to the debate.

    As Oscar Wilde once wrote, there is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about. Therefore better offensive comments than no comments at all.

    Could you not delete the offensive parts of the comments? Perhaps with a sub-text saying something like ‘Comment moderated on grounds of decency’.

    Best wishes etc.

  • March 12, 2009 at 9:01 am


    For the love of god, don’t close this site. I dont reguarly comment but i check this blog everyday to get an update on football that isn’t tainted with a pay off from some footy friend.

    If they don’t like what you say that’s tough, i noticed the other week people getting all defensive about MyFC. These people are fools just ignore them.

    Bear in mind the awards we have all voted for, 2 years on the trot, and i think you will see that the majority of your readers love this blog.

    All the best.

  • March 12, 2009 at 9:08 am


    I’m reading this blog on RSS so I never comment, but this is by far my favorite football blog and it would be a shame if you stopped writing articles.

    Greetings from Slovenia.

  • March 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Adrian Brown

    Please please do not close! I am yet another that reads everyday but does not post.
    You are a voice of sanity commenting on modern football. There is no one else!
    Best wishes

  • March 12, 2009 at 9:35 am


    HI there,

    I too only read this blog via RSS and therefore do not read the comments. Your blog is a gem in a mountail of rubbish. Your blogs are interesting and well written. The fact that you wright about football that is perhaps not in the mainstream public eye is what has kept me subscribing. I hope you continue with the good work don’ let those few idiots put you down!!!!!!!

  • March 12, 2009 at 9:51 am


    I don’t eagerly await new postings from most blog sites. I do with this. I do hope you’ll carry on the excellent work.

    Best wishes!

  • March 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Jimmy Nutmeg

    I read this via RSS so don’t see the comments. Trolls are part of the game, sadly. Ignore and/or delete them. Don’t close the blog though – it’s thoughtful and interesting, unlike almost every other piece of writing I see on football.

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:00 am


    I read this blog on a regular basis, but rarely read the comments in much detail. I personally believe it is one of the best there is, especailly the coverage regarding teams and leagues further down the football pyramid, stuff that you would never hear about otherwise.

    If I was you mate, I would try and ignore the pricks that just post abuse, they are by the far, the minority.

    I really hope you keep this site going, there are plenty of people that appreciate your hard work.

    All the best.

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Bored Statto with free time

    If it helps things along, though I know you will reject the idea at first, how about adding a paypal tip jar to help with a) the hosting costs and b) morale :)

    You give people a great service and I’m sure many would show appreciation if the opportunity was there. It’s always the naysayers that should the loudest I find.

  • March 12, 2009 at 11:24 am


    Whenever you have written about AFC Wimbledon it is refreshing to read a piece where someone knows about what we have done and knows the facts. Too much is written by lazy sloppy journalists in the main press and your balanced, considered independent point of view is to be welcomed and cherished. PLEASE do continue. There is so much mundane rubbish posted on this internet thingy…. your blog is a small but welcome light that I enjoy reading, even when its not AFCW related. You are in the bookmarks in IE. Need I say more.

    As we are aware, in a crowd of 3000+ fans we will always have some idiots. Its a fact of life. In a reading audience of… what? 3000? You will always have idiots.

    Just ignore the rancid posts, delete them like spam. These people are not worthy of your time or worry. Serve those of us who like what you write. We come here to read and enjoy, and for that I thank you

  • March 12, 2009 at 11:30 am


    Comments are rubbish. Football needs Twohundredpercent. Don’t stop.

  • March 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Gary Andrews

    I’ve often spoke, both on blogs and in real life, of my admiration for this site and the quality of writing on here. I genuinely think this is the best football blog around. I have many many football blogs in my RSS reader. This is the only one that I’ll make a point of reading every new post.

    So, as a personal (and somewhat selfish on my part) plea to the writer, please keep on going. The sport needs voices like yours on the internet. This blog is such a refreshing read and it would be a massive loss if it were to close.

    There are idiots on every blog. There are many football fans who are so myopic that they can’t see that a non-partisan piece of writing that just happens to be critical of their club, often with good cause, is just that. I’ve had abusive emails and comments because I’ve been less than complementary of certain clubs. It’s unpleasant but they can be filtered out.

    If comment moderation or deletion is needed, so be it. It’s not something I’d normally advocate on blogs, but if it keeps this blog going I’m all for it.

    Alternatively, there’s no shame in taking a brief blogging break to recharge your batteries. It’s something I’ve done from time to time, and every time I’ve said I’m going to stop, I soon reconsider, as you just miss it too much.

    As I say, best football blog bar none. Please keep it going :)

  • March 12, 2009 at 11:57 am


    Don’t give up – sadly those who are unhappy are always more motivated to comment than those who are happy – I have never left a positive comment before but I enjoy reading it a lot. If you upset fans of one team they will post links and encourage people to post negative stuff to “put you right” – ignore them – this is one of the best written blogs on the web

  • March 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm


    Don’t stop!!! Love the blog, it is a refreshing read compared to the crap available from the commercial meeja. Nice to read something from a normal football fan who isn’t obsessed with the premiershite and actually cares about the game. Keep it up and ignore the trolls.

  • March 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Adam Bird

    I am yet another RSS Reader subscriber, so don’t view the comments either.

    Please, please, please keep the blog going, remove the comments altogether if you need to! Just keep writing! As many people in this thread have shown, we come here because we share your passion for ALL things football – the good and the bad, which you write so passionately about!

    it would be a HUGE loss if you were to stop writing these posts!

  • March 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm


    This is a great blog, probably one of the best on the net. As an American, I’m much more interested in reading about your take on the game, then the usual Premier League crap. Don’t give up the ship!

  • March 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm


    Another message of support for the best and most wide ranging football site I have come across. The effort put in is appreciated and the comments usually add little if anything to the articles. Please keep up the blog.

  • March 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Simon Cope

    Intelligent football fans who like to think about more than just the on-pitch action NEED you to continue with your fine blog. Ignore the boo boys – you are spot on with your insights and assessments 95% of the time, and that is good enough for me.

    The internet would be a poorer place were you to throw the towel in.


    Simon Cope
    Chair, Scarborough Athletic FC

  • March 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm


    I won’t bother to tell you to keep this wonderful site up or take it down but it would be a shame to lose it.

    A blog is not a democracy, it is a dictatorship. You don’t have any reason to tolerate abuse or the howling of conspiracy theorists who think this blog is a thinly veiled front in their war against their own passion. (All those other articles here not relating to the source of their rage are nothing more than cunning camouflage)

    That said, that also means you don’t have to kowtow to all of us who would love for this blog to continue going. But it’d be awfully super of you. Try not to get too caught up in ‘comment wars’. After all, I assume this blog started because, hey, you like football and you like writing about football. Write for those reasons, when you feel like it, and not for me or anyone else or to stick it to detractors and you should be fine.

    Sorry for the rambling and pontificating. That’s why I tend to stay quiet!

  • March 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Mr Blackett

    Close the comments. Who cares what anyone else thinks about your articles? Regular readers read this for what you have to say. Anyway, the wave of support that precedes this comment probably illustrates that for every bonehead commentor, there are about 30 who think you’re ace.

    Easy innit.

    /aware of the irony of this comment

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm


    As an Exeter fan I’ve experienced many of the topics that twohundredpercent touches on. Your site would be a loss to the online world, there are too many identikit sites around.

    Ignore the idiots and keep the faith!


  • March 12, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Bill Turianski

    This is one of the few sites I go to on a daily basis. And like I have said about this site on my site (billsportsmaps.com)…with respect to lower league football, I would be stumbling in the dark without Two Hundred Percent blog. Do what you feel you must, Ian, but if these misanthropes are getting to you, I suggest just closing the comments section.

  • March 13, 2009 at 12:04 am


    Well, I hope you’re not still seriously thinking about closing it!

    As I’ve said before, what you do here is an absolute necessity given the malaise football finds itself in right now. The AFCW poster above makes the point that a blog with a large (whatever that means in this context) readership will inevitably attract some trolling/ hostility if unapproved comments are permitted. You can’t begin to believe that those comments are in any way indicative of what the greater part of your readership think.

    As an aside, seeing as I forgot to comment at the time, thanks for the Darlington piece. One of the reasons I’d urge you not to give this up is that, as soon as I heard the admin rumours, I felt safe in the knowlege that you’d give out situation the fair reportage you’ve afforded every other crisis club. I’m certainly not sure we’re entirely worthy of the reasonable treatment you’ve given us, and our club – like so many others – would have done well to take note of arguments for sustainability such as your own a long time ago.

  • March 13, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Rob Bernard

    Please don’t shut down mate. I check this site every day and eagerly look forward to new articles.

    You tell the stories that real football fans want to hear about. Through 200% it has raised a great deal of awareness about clubs in crisis which in turn has gathered the club in question some much needed support.

    Keep it going and ignore the halfwits.

  • March 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    B Grant

    I’d like to echo the majority of the comments here, I read the site every week, and greatly enjoy it. I dont comment but often discuss the articles with fellow supporters. Please don’t stop because of some juvenile idiots.

  • March 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Michael Wood

    I get the same feelings with my site and want to pack it in sometimes but the silent majority enjoy what you do. I enjoy what you do and enjoy debating it on the site. I hope you carry on, I support your carrying on and your discussions of things like Ipswich Town which their fans find hard.

    Discussion is good thing and while some abuse you for it they are – on the whole – moronic. Moderating comments is a good thing – is you look at my site I have a set of rules for comments and will ditch any that do not meet them – and makes for a better site.

    Take care and all the best for the future if you do, or do not, decide to keep 200% going.

  • March 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    jimmy cass

    Sad to hear some moronic comments have got your goat. As your awards should tell you, this is one of the best football blogs out there: and often covers interesting stories not picked up elsewhere. I hope you were just having a temporary downer, and keep it up. I’m sure you have many readers who, like me, would miss your site and insight.

  • March 17, 2009 at 6:14 am


    This is my first comment even I have been your regular reader for quite long time. All I want to say is keep up the good work, buddy. I had the same experience with those bad comments or so on my own blog, but it’s (blogging) life. I think we should step forward because there are yet many great comments as you see above. 😀

  • April 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm


    Ignore all these comments. Shut it down you miserable sod 😉

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