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Sorry for the brief hiatus to proceedings on here over the weekend. Suffice to say that there was booze involved. Under normal circumstances, everything would return to normal this evening, but I’m off to the Spurs-Chelsea FA Cup Quarter-Final replay at White Hart Lane tonight, so normal service will be resumed tomorrow evening, with a lavish and expansive write up of tonight’s proceedings.
Very briefly, though (as I’ve got a spare ten minutes before I start work), this weekend further reinforced my view that the Premiership is now turning into eight or nine mini-leagues. It’s not very often that you’ll hear me say anything nice about Manchester United, but they were pretty awesome against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday lunchtime, though they’re not quite the champions just yet. Chelsea plunged Sheffield United back into a relegation dog-fight which I think they thought they’d done enough to avoid. United will be looking long and hard over their shoulders now, with West Ham winning in hilarious circumstances at Blackburn, courtesy of a penalty that was never a penalty in a thousand million billion years and a shot that didn’t even cross the line. Charlton turned on the style yesterday with a win against Newcastle, and even poor old wretched Manchester City picked up three points at Middlesbrough.
Paul Robinson was the man of the day, of course, with his ninety yard free-kick for Spurs against Watford. Just a quick reminder here for those of you that forgotten – Ben Foster is the current England number two goalkeeper. You should all be praying that Robinson is “rested” tonight, I suspect. Well, you should if you’re English, anyway. More on goal-scoring goalkeepers later in the week. There was still more fun to be had yesterday, with another late, late goal condemning Arsenal to a 1-0 defeat at Everton (is it my imagination, or do Everton always beat Arsenal at Goodison Park?) and, finally, for those of you that remain convinced that the Premiership is the greatest league in the world, and that no other competitions matter, I present to you: Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool. One of the worst matches of the season. If that Liverpool team goes on to win the Champions League, we may as well all just give up and turn our attention to lacrosse instead.
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.