Beyond The Debt – Are You Going To Be A Part Of The Solution?


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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4 Responses

  1. RRRR says:

    One of the saddest (pathetic even) incidents of the last two or three weeks was the day Portsmouth were at the High Court or Royal Courts of Justice, to maybe to shoved out of existence. As the live news was broken of a delay/reprieve, Sky Sports News were live outside Fratton Park and told it to the PRAT heading ‘SOS Portsmouth’ (for in this matter he acted like one). The guy (who had been on all morning ranting about ‘this is not the end, supporter solidarity’ etc) then responded to the interviewers comment of ‘now you’ve got a BIG match at the weekend in the cup’ (against local rivals Southampton) to which he responded, straight faced and seriously, with dismissive venom; ‘big match? against a third division outfit?’ Pah… and with that ALL my synpathy evaporated. He couldn’t see the irony that they are in that predicament for EXACTLY the reasons Pompey now are, and will doubtless follow them down. Moron! Likewise when asked to boycott what might have been Chester City’s last ever match, local rivals Wrexham instead sold out their entire allocation… without doubt most wishing to dance on the grave of their rivals (you all NOW it’s true – sadly, THAT is true football support attitude – platitudes in public, venomous inside or amongst likeminds). Thankfully the match was never played. As a Chester fan of 47yrs I was relieved for that small mercy – it’s about the only bit of goodness to come out of recent years at the Deva. As a kid we used to refer to the mentally challenged at divis from the Deva, referring to a local mental hospital of the time. It seems that the hospital never closed, merely morphed into a Lego-like football stadium in the early 90’s and has been controlled by The Crazies ever since. Good luck to your campaign.

  2. Lindsay Jones says:

    You make a good argument regarding the Portsmouth supporter and then spoil it by having a childish dig at Wrexham fans.

    Wrexham were only offered 1000 tickets in the first instance and they were always likely to sell out.

    In fact many Wrexham fans chose to support the boycott,myself included, and I am aware of many Wrexham fans who have actually joined the CFU.

    The Wrexham Supporters Trust is already working to put on a fundraiser for the CFU in the summer and nothing would make Wrexham fans happier than to see a team from Chester,that represents the people of Chester getting a traditional thrashing from Wrexham twice a year.

    Until those days return I think you can be sure of support from all Wrexham fans who love the game.

  3. Martin says:

    RRRR, so how much did you care about my club’s League place being sold to Milton Keynes just to build a supermarket as your club was doing well and winning the Conference in 2005?

    There is no future in that attitude.

    Sadly all football fans are like this it seems. I wish football and its fans would just grow up.

  1. March 1, 2010

    […] Beyond The Debt – Are You Going To Be A Part Of The Solution? “It was standing room only in the social club at Gigg Lane, Bury on Saturday lunchtime for the “Beyond The Debt” rally as a crowd of hundreds watched an impressive array of those in the know explain that the time for debate on the ownership of football clubs is coming to an end. We seem now to be entering a different time. A time when action is required. A time in which shrugging your shoulders and muttering that, “well, my club is alright” is no longer enough. When opening speaker and rally chair Andy Walsh from FC United of Manchester spoke, he talked of the rivalries between supporters of football clubs being an artificial construct which masked the true enemies of football supporters – the people that run the game itself.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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