Accrington, Bury & The Spectre Of Match-Fixing


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. Wyre Forest Red says:

    I was actually quite impressed with the authorities for once (never thought I’d say that!). It seems that an early warning system meant that they had been informed by the bookies before the match was even played and were therefore able to send an observer to the match. Surprised that it has taken so long to come to chares being made though.

  2. Michael Wood says:

    There were no dark arts at work. For scandals concerning match-fixing, we have to look further down the divisions, where less people are likely to notice. In this respect, the news that the FA have suspended five players for betting on the result of a League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Bury last May should come as little surprise. If anything, we should be surprised that it doesn’t happen more than it does.

    Football on the whole has an amazing ability to forget its past. If we want to look at a major scandal and match fixing we can find it in teams of equal size to Manchester United and Liverpool in the likes of AC Milan and Juventus in 2006 and while that is not British it is proof that the assumption that all is well until proven otherwise is legally accurate but leaves the game open to suspicion.

    Football is a public trust and as such it is not only required for the playing field to be level but for it to be seen to be level. I personally believe I’ve watched fixed matches in the last few years but the FA and FL keep investigations into such games cloaked rather than allowing for exhortation which is legally fine but undermines football’s trust.

    Also undermining football’s trust is the fact that out top teams will suffer the likes of Juventus and Milan on the Gx Football group rather than shunning them.

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