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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. discostu says:

    Who needs to win trophys when you can BUY them.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4568251.stm

  2. twohundredpercent says:

    Ah, well… it’ll cover them never having won it, Stu! Are they planning a lap of honour with it in May?

  3. Moore says:

    Well done Accrington! They seem to have performed an excellent “giant killing” almost just to spite you. Try telling one of their fans this cup competition is worthless now.

    Broadly speaking I agree with you though. It’s largely a waste of time. A club like mine should maybe see it as a back-up route into European competition, but the only way that’s really likely to happen is if one of the top 5 win it, thereby adding an extra league place to the European pot.

    This competition has also featured what I consider to be my club’s darkest hour, a 1st round exit against Mansfield at home infront of a, for us, meager 11,000 fans.

  4. twohundredpercent says:

    While Accrington’s achievement is laudable, it’s worth pointing out that the crowd at Accrington was a puny 2,166. Now, as I’ve said before, Accrington have struggled for crowds this season, but this is still frankly half-hearted.

    If we exclude 1960 & 1961 (when Stanley were essentially a different club), they set a record of some sort last night: has there ever been an instance of a side winning its first ever match in any competition against a team that has previously been four-time winners of that competition?

    (This was not my brilliant question, by the way – it came from another messageboard)

    Also, it would appear that my researchers got it wrong. There’s only one leg up to the semi-finals of this year’s League Cup.

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