Sir Dave Richards: A Living Embodiment Of The Values Of The Premier League & The FA


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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10 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    Wow. What an article! Couldn’t put it better myself.

  2. Simon Cope says:

    Dave Richards, hopelessly out of his depth and proving that meritocracy is most definitely not alive and kicking in the world of football, since 1989. And don’t even get me started on the glaring dictionary definition of “conflict of interest” inherent in his dual roles at the FA and Premier League.

  3. Gordon Powrie says:

    Are you saying in the final paragraph ‘Let’s form a breakaway FA?’ If so, bring it on!

  4. Craig Burley says:

    This was terrific. Thank you. Looking forward to tomorrow’s article.

    All of the recent buffoonery, and the forthcoming appointment of the odious Harry Redknapp to the England manager’s job are making it very easy for me to finally put the support of England behind me. I couldn’t be happier; being Canadian I have always supported Canada most but had a link of blood and love for England. The FA, thankfully, have destroyed that. It will be a pleasure to put England in my rearview mirror, for good.

  5. Rob says:

    A Premier League spokesman, presumably sweating profusely and tugging at his collar, has stated that, “Sir Dave is attending the conference in a private and personal capacity and his comments in no way reflect the views of the Premier League”

    Nice comparison between how the Premier League is prepared to allows its chairman to conduct himself “in a private and personal capacity”, and the pressure put on Supporters Direct and Dave Boyle over Dave’s remarks on Twitter last year.

  6. Simon Cope says:

    I take it that as Sir Dave was attending the conference in a purely personal capacity, he won’t be claiming expenses for the trip from either the FA or the Premier League?

  7. Damon says:

    And on the topic of alcohol … it is so important to Dave that both the organisations he represents don’t actually trust the people he defends, English football fans, to drink within sight of a football pitch.

  8. militantblue says:

    They fear change. Anything not fitting the blazer brigades boys club model does not suit them. The FA and other footballing authorities struggle to contain their disdain and contempt for the whole supporter owned club movement. They are frightened of us, as we are becoming stronger. Change must come.

  9. Josh Tarrant says:

    With people like that invovled with the FA, it is no surprise that we are so widely derided on the international stage.

    The FA needs a clear out, a re-think, start again! It is no longer acceptable to have the game run by those in power. They need people that are be more in touch with your everday person, that can get invovled with current trends wether that be twitter, facebook, etc.

    The sooner someone like David Beckham is invovled with the FA the better. He has the right image to really shake it up and change europe’s perception of us!

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