Christmas Comes Early – Time To Say Some Thank Yous

18 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   December 9, 2009  |     11

There is nothing more pleasing the respect of one’s peers, is there? Well, there might be, actually – the respect of peers that we aspire to match. Some of you will already be aware that Twohundredpercent has won a Gold Award at the When Saturday Comes end of year awards. From a personal perspective, it’s probably worth me saying that, as a reader of WSC since 1988 and a subscriber since 1992, this is about the highest praise that could be passed upon us. Many thanks to whoever it was that nominated us, and to the overall judge, Ian Plenderleith, for his kind comments.

In the grand tradition of overwrought Oscars speeches, I would (because I don’t do this nearly as often as I should do) like to take this moment to thank a couple of others too – Mark Murphy, Gavin Saxton, Rob Freeman, Paul Grech and the others amongst you that have submitted brilliant and challenging articles for the site over the course of the year, Ted “The Neck” Carter, whose dedication to the cause of drawing “Shit Shot Mungo” every week fills me with a sense of something between awe and bafflement, Dave Boyle and Kevin Rye from Supporters Direct, for their infinite patience over the many baffling questions that I have sought their opinions on over the last couple of years ago.

Finally, the most thanks of all go to the infinitely patient and lovely Kate, without whom none of this would be possible,  and to everybody that reads this site – without whom this would be a pretty fruitless exercise. The fact that people take the trouble to stop by here is a constant source of delight to me. More than anyone else, though, my sincere thanks go to Steve Vaughan, Peter Trembling, Garry Cook and all the rest of you that give me so damn much to write about. Couldn’t have kept it going without you guys.

Normal service will resume this evening, although, obviously, I will be wearing a crown and an ermine.



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.

  • December 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm


    A well deserved accolade!

  • December 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm


    Saw the article this morning flicking through WSC in WH Smiths. Many congratulations, you deserve it, what with the consistent quality of your site. With so many dreadful football blogs out there, this is truly a haven. Thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated, and is something to aspire to.

  • December 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm


    For some reason, I read that last bit as “wearing a crown & urine”.

    Strange world…

    (Well done).

  • December 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm


    Congratulations, sir. You deserve all the recognition you get.

  • December 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Dr John Beech

    Very many congratulations – definitely well deserved.

  • December 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm


    Thoroughly Deserved Award!
    Well written articles and all the background one could want. I always find your site an interesting and informative place to visit.
    Your “Clubs in Crisis” section fascinates me in particular and makes me thankful that, as a AFC Wimbledon supporter, I DO have a say in the destiny of my own (and I mean that!) club.
    Hope to see an AFC Chester or Kings Lynn rise from the ashes in the future. You can do it!

  • December 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm


    Well done, Ian. Very much deserved. That, and a mention in the Guardian last week, is some feat!

  • December 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm


    Well done, you! Thoroughly deserved.

    Interesting times ahead – will we see a King’s Lynn est 1879, a Chester Whatsit? We’ll probably find out from you – and that’s why you’re so important.

    Virtual flowers, sweets, bar-scarves and kisses coming your way from us over at


    P.S. Pauline England’s family very much appreciated this: – thank you.

  • December 10, 2009 at 1:54 am


    Congratulations on a fine score-draw with us, sir!

    Seriously, I was delighted to see you get the accolade you deserve. Keep it up.

  • December 10, 2009 at 7:12 am


    Hugely merited award for all the effort you put into what is without doubt one of the best football websites around, and I include the mainstream ones in that. Congratulations!

  • December 10, 2009 at 7:15 am


    Thoroughly deserved. Keep up the good work.

  • December 10, 2009 at 9:41 am


    As a reader of WSC since the first issue, 200% is the only other football related website or mag that I read on a regular (make that daily) basis.


  • December 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Alan J

    Congrats on your award from WSC from another subscriber.

    The articles on your site are always an excellent read.

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  • December 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Ray (AFCW)

    Well done Ian and everyone associated with twohundredpercent – well deserved and thanks again for continuing to allow us AFC Wimbledon to reproduce some of your excellent articles within our matchday programme.

  • December 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Paul D

    Well deserved. An excellent blog and “must read” for anyone interested English football at pretty much any level

  • December 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm


    Well done Ian, from a long-time reader / first-time poster. Your articles, unlike many around the football world, are not focused on one league, nation or theme and cover a myriad of topics and the site and its articles are all the richer for it.

    I first found my way to your little corner of t’interweb when I stumbled upon your article “In Praise Of… Matthew Le Tissier”. Being a Saints fan, it was nice to read something other than just the banal, gushing platitudes which are normally written about him. I started perusing the past articles and since then, yours is the first site on my lunchtime roll-call of interet sites.

    Keep up the good work, and many congratulations on a thorougly deserved award.


  • December 16, 2009 at 12:27 am


    As an Antipodean frequenter of the site I thoroughly enjoy the diverse, yet insightful take on a large number of footballing issues that are published.

    It certainly makes a change from the saturation of ‘Top Four’ only stories we seem to get over here in this rugby mad country of ours (NZ).

    The plaudits are well deserved.

    Well done that man.

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