The Greatest Success Story Of The Last 20 Years?


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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5 Responses

  1. ursus arctos says:

    Typically great post on one of your specialist subjects, 200.

    Over roughly the same period, “minor league” baseball in the US has undergone a similar renaissance for much the same reasons (plus the influence of massive marketing schemes that would make your hair curl).

    The affordability, accessibility, and sheer fun of minor league ball helped bring fans back to the game at all levels after they had been driven away by strikes and steroids. May the same thing happen in England (without the marketing excess or Xtreme team names and uniforms).

  2. furtho says:

    Very interesting stuff, 200%. Could you say anything more about Aylesbury United? I wasn’t aware that anything had gone wrong there.

  3. 200percent says:

    I’ll try and get something sorted out in more detail next week, Furtho, but the shirt version is that their former chairman left them in the lurch when he pulled the funding for them, and they were evicted for non-payment of the rent. As I understand it, though, the ground is still there and there’s quite an advanced campaign to get them back there.

  4. furtho says:

    That would be great, thank you. I have rattling around my brain the idea that there was talk at some point of a merger with another (much smaller) club in Aylesbury, whose rather curious name escapes me at the moment. Is this tied in with it?

  5. 200percent says:

    Not that I’m aware of, but I’ve got some research to do. They’re playing at Chesham at the moment.

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