The 200% Podcast: The Beta Version

12 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   October 17, 2012  |     14

We have been discussing recording a podcast for some considerable time now, but this evening we are delighted to be able to finally release a beta version of it for your perusal. Sitting in to discuss some recent from the first couple of months of the season are Kris Stewart, former chair of AFC Wimbledon, Dave Boyle, once the Chief Executive of Supporters Direct and now a strategic consultant, and Steve Baker, who works as a match day commentator for the visually impaired at Brighton & Hove Albion whilst supporting Manchester City on the side. In addition to this, we are delighted to confirm that our guest for this first episode is a man who should need no introduction to the regular readers of this site, Guardian writer and author David Conn.

So, to tidy a few things up… We are looking for your assistance with getting this up and running properly through giving us a little constructive criticism. No-one that reads this site regularly will be that surprised by the content of this first stab at broadcasting – Hillsborough, Manchester City, Kettering Town, Cardiff City and John Terry all make appearances – and we should also take a moment to point out that we are aware of issues regarding the quality of a sizable chunk of this recording (which sounds a little as if it was recorded in the bathroom of a submarine) and the way that it has been spliced together (which turned out to be a highly fraught process) and the fact that there may even be small sections of it that don’t make a great deal of sense (this is due to a section of the recording being lost *cough* one and a bit times). These are all lessons that we have already learned. If you think it’s a little long, well, it’s only once a month and we may revise its length in the future. Future episodes, by the way, should also be available through ITunes and RSS.

Anyway, with many, many thanks to Kris, Dave, David and Steve, as well as Ed Dickins – who has provided both moral and technical support over the last couple of weeks – here it is, the home-made demo version of the first 200% podcast – you can download it by clicking here (ZShare) or here (Mediafire).

We’re also indebted to Terry Duffelen from Football Fairground for offering to upload it to here. Just right-click and save as.

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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.

  • October 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Tim Vickerman

    Good content, awful sound quality.

  • October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am


    Sorry but what idiotic system are you using for your podcast? How about embedding the podcast into your webpage and allowing people’s browers to play the damn thing.

    Instead I’m being taken to another page and being ask to download further crap in order to play this 200% podcast. I don’t want to download further crap to my PC, I just want my existing brower with the preferences I want to play the thing. Talk about alienating your audience…

  • October 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    JCL: I tested it on my home pc last night and it shouldn’t be doing that. If it is, though, I can re-upload it elsewhere this afternoon. Thanks for pointing out that there may be an issue with it, though. I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

    Edit: I’ve now double-checked it and there is no problem with it. There is an advertisement for a download manager on the page, scroll down below that to where it says “Download Now”, click on that and it will be okay (I’ve tried this on a different PC to this one, so I’m just about certain that it’s okay). I have, however, also uploaded the file to Mediafire for anybody that is not happy to download from ZShare.

  • October 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm


    Tim: Thanks for your comments, rest assured that the next one will be of a considerably higher sound quality – this is already well in hand

  • October 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Tim Vickerman

    Ian: Glad to hear it. I enjoy Football Weekly and the Football Ramble but it would be nice to have a quality podcast that focuses on the experience of actually being an active football supporter, a WSC of podcasts if you like.

    Hearing David Conn casting doubt on football (and sport)’s alleged ability to regenerate areas by itself was very pertinent. Look forward to the next one.

  • October 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm


    Thanks for uploading, I am yet to listen to it. Possibly tonight on my way home from work. Tim, by the sound of it, you need to check out Cafe Calcio podcast.

  • October 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Albert Ross

    Hosting it on might be worth a look – I know a couple of US-based podcasts I listen to host on there….

  • October 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm


    JCL, please GFY.

  • October 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Andrew Lyman

    Putting the quality to one side, it’s an excellent first stab at a podcast. The Conn interview is excellent, listening to him and Kris is like eavesdropping on two knowledgeable blokes in the stand before a match. The rest of the podcast covers ‘all the usual suspects’, but parts of it certainly made me think about aspects of the game that I had heard previously but filed away under ‘think about that later’. One criticism is that this could have made two decent 45-minute podcasts easily, and I’m sure some could have spun it out to three episodes. Not everyone gets 80 minutes to listen to a single podcast, and it would be a shame if peole missed out on this simply because they were put off by the length.
    TL:DR version; make the next one(s) shorter, and sort out your sound. You’ve got a regular listener here!

  • October 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm


    Cheers Andrew, the sound issue was down to a defective microphone. This is to be fixed for the next one. Also, I like the idea of splitting it next time around – will put it to the others.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm


    Put it on itunes and I’ll listen to it on an ipod. Otherwise I won’t.

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