Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

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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2 Responses

  1. pete l says:

    Nice article and quite a fair summation of a terribly stupid situation to find oneself in during the most successful period of our club and it’s all the owner’s doing! With regard to the ballot I must pont out that I’m fairly savvy with IT and I still managed to send two entirely empty ballot papers back before I could send a completed one through – it just wiped all my details off the page and sent it through! Plus I have a number of friends who think the same as me on this isue i.e no name change but did not complete the ballot paper because they had to put their name and seat numbers on the form and they were worried as to what may happen to them due to the “excitable” nature of the Allams so apathy was not the only factor here but also the fear of retribution for being “disloyal”. Football. It’s a funny old game someone once said. He didn’t know the half of it.

  2. The Cap'n says:

    Hi, good article, I just think I should point out that the non-voters cannot all be attributed to apathy. There were people took issue with the loaded nature of the question and simply refused to vote, many others felt uncomfortable with the fact they had to include season pass details such as address, seat number etc. in case the club would use that as a “black mark” against their names of sorts.

    There may also have been spoilt ballots with some people choosing to vote no then noting “with the Allams remaining in charge” on the paper. This whole issue has been an embarassment for the club and I would like to think this is the end, but unfortunately with this guy, you never know what is next around the corner.

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