Robins Gamble on a Dux


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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14 Responses

  1. Tommy says:

    Imagine your beloved hometown club has a new manager. What’s the worst he can be? A rapist? Paedophile? Murderer?

    Imagine something worse. You can’t?

    Swindon Town fans don’t have to imagine.

    See and please pass it on.

  2. Mick F says:

    Straw Poll, who would be the worst manager to be appointed to your club?

    Paolo Di Canio
    Steve Evans
    Sir Alex Ferguson

  3. Ken says:

    “Granted, none of this seems to have occurred before while Di Canio was playing in England and Scotland, so why the fuss now?”

    I don’t think his political views were well known until the publication of his autobiography after he left West Ham.

    I’m a bit dubious about his fair play award which seemed to be more about him wanting to control the game and be the centre of attention than anything else. A more typical example was when he was red carded whilst playing for Wednesday disputing a clearly correctly awarded throw in. It will all end in tears.

  4. Paul D says:

    We spent 30 years driving snarling fascists off the terraces of English football; I’m completely ashamed my club has welcomed them back via the dugout.

    I wrote elsewhere, in response to those saying they disliked his repeated espousal of fascism but it had “nothing to do with football”, that football does not exist in a moral and ethical vacuum, however much it may like to think it does.

    Apparently (or so I’m told) I was wrong, and winning is, after all, everything, no matter how much you drag your club through the gutter to achieve it.

    I know I’m in a small minority of Town fans in saying this, but sorry, some things *are* more important than football.

  5. maliniok says:

    A rapist? peadophile? murderer? Get a perspective man. People are free to have their opinions and the problem is that we confuse ‘fascism’ with ‘nazism’ and they are not the same. And Liverpool’s legendary manager was an open socialist and somehow nobody minds it.

  6. Stuart says:

    There’s a big difference between facisim and socialism though isn’t there?

  7. Paul D says:

    “The problem is that we confuse ‘fascism’ with ‘nazism’ and they are not the same”

    Yeah, cos fascists are just lovely cuddly people aren’t they? The mind boggles…

  8. Jason says:

    From a dictionary definition of fascism comes this:
    1. a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
    2. the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.
    3. a fascist movement, especially the one established by Mussolini in Italy 1922–43..

    From the same reference comes this definition of socialism:
    1. theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
    2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
    3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

  9. maliniok says:

    Ok. You have your definitions. Now, shall I dig out numbers of victims of both systems? The problem is that Mussolini allied with Hitler while the West allied with the USSR. Now the West isn’t responsible for the crimes of the Soviets and why would Italians be responsible for National Socialists’ (nazis) crimes? Were the socialists in USSR, Cambodja, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, etc any less repressive than Italian fascists? History is written by the victors and the judgements we hold on ‘fascism’ and ‘socialism’ are the best example of this old truth..

  10. Outside Mid says:

    Malinok: I posted the definitions only as a response to Stuart’s question.

  11. Paul D says:

    malinok, are you seriously attempting to suggest that we shouldn’t be too nasty about fascism because “the other lot” are also pretty awful?

    Evil is evil; wrong is wrong. I don’t care what cap badge it wears, it has no place in football and I don’t want it associated with my club.

  12. Borys says:

    Bunch of hypocrits.
    So it’s all right to wave the red flag, the hammer and sickle, to express admiration for Mao/Che Guevara/Trotksy/other commie murderers?
    But to praise Mussolini? Do a Roman salute? Booo! !Evil!
    Meh …

  13. Tommy says:

    No one’s waving any red flags, or even saying it’s OK to do so.
    The subject here is a self-proclaimed fascist and open supporter of Mussolini.
    “Booo! !Evil!”? Yes. Evil.

  14. Steve says:

    Evil? Has is di Canio responsible for some heinous crime I am unaware of? The answer to that is no. Maybe he agreed with The Holocaust then in an interview? The answer to that is also no.
    Keeping an objective, open mind (A very difficult thing to do it would appear for the anti Paulo brigade) and looking at actions rather than words, he has publicly expressed admiration for certain aspects of a dictators personality and rule (Not a crime last time I checked) and been ‘guilty’ of using a salute (That has more than one connotation)on 3 occasions. Those are his ‘crimes’. Whilst the majority of people will disagree with his words and actions, most would also accept that in the grand scheme of things he hasn’t really done or said anything to provoke the reaction that some bigoted, self righteous zealots have displayed. In fact it’s pretty ironic that the ‘Right On’ gang, who are always the first ones to demand tolerance, freedom of speech and individual rights, can’t see anything wrong with what they’re saying.But then it’s hardly surprising when you see things in only black and white and are so arrogantly sure that you are right and everyone else is wrong.
    Welcome to Swindon Paulo. Sorry we have a few pompous idiots around, but the vast majority of fans are pleased to have you here, unless you are unsuccessful, because that’s what football is about. To paraphrase that great Socialist Bill Shankly: “Football isn’t life and death, it’s much more important than that2.

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