Short Stories From The Sharp End

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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4 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Good point well-made. I remember making the same one to a (non match-attending) Arsenal supporting friend as he was on the verge of tears after the defeat by Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final a while back. But maybe we’re just too used to the nature of lower -/non – league supporting: I can’t believe how sanguine I’m feeling about Darlo’s imminent demise. There’s a growing consensus – in my, admittedly slightly distanced, eyes that what’s happening has been inevitable since Reynolds built his ludicrous stadium, and that some kind of supporter-driven reformation will, whilst almost certainly landing us at Step 6 (or below), will represent exactly the kind of supporter empowerment we’ve been deprived of for so long. Sure, it’ll be strange to find ourselves looking up at teams we’ve traditionally considered as pre-season warm-ups/ sources of cheap squad players (delete according to financial situation) such as Durham and Newcastle Blue Star, but the whole endeavour of starting a new club seems to necessitate exactly the kind of local, grassroots involvement that the successive administrations of Peden, Reynolds, and Houghton had made more or less impossible.

    Of course, this might all be horribly naive, and there’ll be another Loid on here in an hour or so telling me that the exact opposite is true and that I should shut up…

  2. Martin says:

    They should all move to Milton Keynes to get some more supermarkets built.

    It’s the only way, apparently.

  3. John A says:

    The demise of long standing football clubs seems to be turning from a trickle into a landslide.
    Not good and it doesn’t look like stopping.

    Martin – If they all go to Milton Keynes maybe they can start their own ‘Mk League’ and play amongst themselves. What a nice idea!

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