Kings Lynn, Braintree Town, Demotion & Chaos Theory


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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8 Responses

  1. chris b says:

    Spot on regarding flexibility in league sizes. A few years ago I was following Leek Town when they were shifted from the Unibond to the Beazer (as it then was) – they got into serious financial trouble, though happily they were only there for a year. For Braintree it would be worse. Something should be done to help them, rather than threaten their existence.

    The Unibond Premier expanded by one club to 23 a few years ago to accommodate Barrow (I can’t for the life of me remember why, though there was a threat of litigation I think). Life went on. But the Conference isn’t known for flexibility and reasonableness.

    Good luck to Braintree anyway. I think a visit to Workington (7 or 8 hours’ drive) would be a culture shock if nothing else!

  2. Martin Drake says:

    Braintree is a very odd town with some of the ugliest houses I have ever seen.

    Its football club and ego-maniac sugar daddy owner is even odder.

  3. Matthew Kelly says:

    This possibility has so far appeared not to come to the attention of the local media, it’ll be interesting to see if it does following your post. That said the local paper seems more interested in publicising the club’s desire to move to a new 6,000 seater stadium that was to be built on some green belt land on the outskirts of town. The several thousand new houses that would have been next to it and would have enabled the developer to pay for the stadium are of course coincidental.
    Braintree could be said to be an odd town, it’ll be nice when it joins the rest of the country in the late 20th century!

  4. Martin Drake says:

    Will these new houses have Crittle windows?

    What is it with Essex and double-glazing companies?

  5. By coincidence Workington played Braintree in the FA Trophy last season.
    A bus load of us left Workington at 5am for the game; a 7 and a 1/4 hours drive down, a game of footy and a 7 and a 1/4 hours trip back. The tie was draw and they made the trip on the following Tuesday.
    Seeing as they know how to find us, I think it’s a great idea!
    Culture shock, I don’t wan’t to be stereotypical but they sold out of pies down there, “We never sell as many as this!” we were told.
    We have the best pies in non-league football, but no whippets or flat caps!

  6. Billy B says:

    Braintree would endure a culture shock indeed if they come to play the Reds, I know how hard southern wimps find it is to adapt to clean air, stunning scenery and friendly people – and we will welcome by giving them a good stuffing as northen teams are superior to southern teams.

  7. gertcha says:

    Looking at where the majority of the Northern clubs are it would be more logical to put Newport in the North, as they are a qucik trip up the M5 to both the Midlands and North West

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