Change Colours


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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16 Responses

  1. Neil says:

    I’d suggest following Brighton, but that would involve going to football with Dotmund.


  2. Anonymous says:

    should go for option 4 be life changing

  3. Ed says:


  4. ianianian says:

    Edmund, we discussed Eastbourne Town at great length the week before last (yes, I’m afraid that I do have this conversation on the real world) and, if I recall correctly, the conclusion of my findings was a resounding “NO”.

  5. Chris says:

    Clearly, you are a St Albans fan. You should go to your five games a year, and enjoy them, and have that wonderful ‘why don’t I do this every week’ feeling before disappearing for another couple of months. However, you obviously need a local fix as well, so you should adopt a local team who are at least a couple of divisions away from your first club. Brighton might be a good start, and god knows after the last ten years or so they deserve some support, or someone down in Rymans one…Basically, I don’t see why 1. precludes doing 2. too.

  6. ianianian says:

    Brighton is an option, and one I’ll be more likely to take if Falmer gets the go ahead (when is that announced? July?). Me and BHA have a “bit of history” (family connections, etc), but I really couldn’t handle watching football at The Withdean every week. Truly, it is the worst ground in the League.

  7. Stu says:

    Nothing wrong with being an armchair fan, and just going along to games you fancy. Ive seen Birmingham precisely 0 times this season, my “second team” (liverpool) also zero, and have no interest in following a london team. In fact, the only game i was going to go to this season was tomorrow at Wembley, but due to a scheduling cock up, i’m in wales.

  8. ianianian says:

    I was supposed to be going to the Trophy final, but have utterly made a bollix of it. Wembley and it’s voluminous floor space will have to wait. Like I say, I’ve got until August to decide, but I’d like to be a little less scattergun in my approach to watching football matches next season.

  9. sp3ktor says:

    From my own experience non-league football allows you the beauty of connection without the long-term commitment – a footballing fuck-buddy is the best analogy I can make at this time on a friday afternoon.

    You can go along pick a team and then if the entertainment is good enough – you can reap the joy of success or taste the crushing disappointment of defeat.

    I had no problem dropping Croydon Ath for Whyteleafe – and they’re in the same division.

    You’ll always have st albans, who knows, you may even meet up again in a few years time at a friends reunited disco. After coy pleasantries and reminiscences you’ll embark on highly inadvisable affair – one you’ll probably regret even before you start.

  10. Ladybristol says:

    Talking from experience. I find that supporting Plymouth and going when I can but also supporting Bristol City and going to may matches has been good. Now I have the problem, City have just been promoted so will be playing Plymouth next season. Whcih end do I sit in?

  11. 200percent says:

    Well, there’s a dilemma. The away end is usually more fun than being at home, but you’re less likely to be on the winning side if you go in the away end. Also, the away end at Ashton Gate isn’t up to much. So, the only rational answer is: support Bristol City.

  12. colin says:

    I don’t really understand the idea of changing your team, so I’d say stick with St Albans but just go and watch other people as you fancy.

  13. Spangly Princess says:

    you’re right that long-distance doesn’t work. This is a major reason why I don’t want to have to move back to the UK. The thought of what the Italians with typical sentimentality call ‘the team of my heart’ being in another country is awful.

    If you start regularly going to see another side you may or may not end up developing a proper bond with them, it needn’t necessarily threaten your St Alban’s-ness… but it might. That’s a risk you take, I guess.

  14. Simple Pieman says:

    Whatever you decide will be correct Ian. I watch all the Spurs matches but managed to get to a ton other new grounds this season. I enjoyed your blog on this subject.

  15. Chris says:

    what did you decide?

  16. leovialli says:

    The soluntiion seems clear to me – support Carshalton Athletic, they were there at your first game and have been waiting patiently for you ever since. :-)

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