The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: League One


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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11 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    Bit disappointing really. No mention of my club (Brentford, where there’s been quite a bit of rebuilding to report on) or others.

    I think you can take it as read that anyone interested enough to read a preview on this division has already worked out how far apart the Premier and Conference is in terms of promotion and relegation, but thanks anyway.


  2. Ian says:

    Cheers, Ben. Next time we’re asking for marks out of ten, we’ll let you know, okay?

  3. Ben says:

    Perhaps don’t put a comment box if you’re going to get precious about feedback, “okay?”

  4. Ian says:

    Apologies for the curt tone earlier, Ben, but I don’t believe that we are “precious” about the comments on this site. Otherwise, as you say, there wouldn’t be an area for comments or, alternatively, I could have simply clicked your comment into the spam box and that would have been that. I would like to think, though, that you would understand why I might be unhappy at someone arbitarily (unless, of course you can show the workings!) awarding marks out of ten for something that, whether you enjoyed it or not, still took a couple of hours to write.

    But anyway, to make this a little more constructive, allow me to address your criticisms. All of these articles are being collated together into a PDF which will be available to download, hopefully at the end next week. Because of this, they have a very strict word limit and, since the parts that I am writing are about the division in a general sense, Brentford (along with several other clubs) had to be omitted from this part of it. Rob Freeman is beavering away writing pre-season predictions, and will be including your club in that, I assume. I understand that League One will be finished, either later this evening or tomorrow morning. I don’t know where he expects them to finish.

    Regarding your other criticism, I would not insult the intelligence of the readers of this site by saying that they haven’t “already worked out how far apart the Premier and Conference is in terms of promotion and relegation”. This, however, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a point worth repeating. Of the teams starting next season in the Blue Square Premier, six of them – Cambridge United, Grimsby Town, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Stockport County and Wrexham – have played what us old people call Division Three football in the last ten years. Meanwhile, of those that are starting in the Premier League, five of the clubs starting this season – Stoke City, Swansea City, Norwich City, Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers – have played in the third division in the last ten years. The point of the article was to say, effectively, that League One is – for me at least – English football’s equivalent of Crewe railway station, a massive, fascinating hub from which anything – well, almost anything – is possible. I don’t particularly see what the problem is with pointing this out.

  5. Dave Wallace says:

    No mention of Tranmere. 3/10. (Inserts winking smiley)

  6. Andy says:

    As a Norwich fan, fascinated with the lower leagues aswell I find this an interesting read. Maybe a mention on Dale Jennings’ transfer to Bayern Munich would have caught the eye a bit but League 1 as you say can be a springboard to great success (Norwich) or the trapdoor to misery (Bradford, Luton, Grimsby etc). More high profile teams joining the league every year so it will only become more interesting

  7. Ian says:

    Indeed. If Coventry City – who, for my entire childhood and most of the early years of my adulthood, were a regular fixture in the top division – do have the financial problems that many have suggested, another grand(ish) name may well slip down to League One, and there are others that could follow the same path.

  8. Chris says:

    Interesting reading but on a point of pedantry Exeter were taken over by their supporter’s trust in 2003.

  9. Nice to see mention of the success of Exeter’s Supporters’ Trust, which gets omitted so frequently from League One write-ups.

    Can I just point out that the Trust took over in 2003, not 2007. Still a spectacular turn-around from where we were but not quite as quick as you suggest!

  10. Ian says:

    Yes, this has been pointed out to me – slip of the finger there.

  11. Steve says:

    Sometimes I don’t know why the writers on this site bother, but I’m glad that they do.

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