Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United

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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3 Responses

  1. M cartwright says:

    the remark about Margaret Thatcher is in extremely bad taste

  2. dotmund says:

    I think all four teams were so wretched, they should have all gone down. Hull City – who last won a match when they were in League 1 – can’t even beat a Manchester United youth team (AT HOME, with PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVAL as the incentive, for fuck’s sake), Newcastle were as hopeless as a random collection of similarly-attired mercenary European journeymen and creaking geriatrics could have been expected to be, and Sunderland did perhaps the least warranted lap of honour in the annals of human history. It’s perhaps inevitable that only Middlesbrough behaved with any sort of decorum in the face of their dismal season.

    I think the Premier League should have a provision to automatically relegate any team who scores less than 40 points, and replace them with the appropriate number of the Championship’s top finishers. I don’t see how any team from the second tier could give any worse account of themselves than the rabble who make up this season’s bottom five.

    DOTMUND: BEHAVE.

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    Has any relegated team ever been as unpopular as Newcastle? I don’t think so. The thing that really gets under people’s skin is that this is clearly a side that shouldn’t be anywhere near the bottom three with the quality at its disposal, and yet they’ve slipped out of the league with barely a whimper, no guts, no imagination, nothing. And they’ve sentenced the premier league to another season of Phil Brown. One win since his humiliation of his team at Man City at Christmas, Hull will be lucky to beat Derby’s total next season. Seeing the staff there jumping around with joy yesterday, having presided over an absolutely wretched run and a risible performance against United’s youth team, I wondered whether they had any grip on reality whatsoever. And Toon fans? It’s mid-table Championship football for them next season; they need to kick out the under-performing stars and start again, and that takes time. Still, there’s always been this myth about Newcastle fans that the big support wasn’t there in the pre-Keegan second division days – now they’ve got an opportunity to prove what great fans they are. Let’s see if there will be 52,000 fanatical Geordies cheering them on against Peterborough.

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