My Afternoon With Sky Sports


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. Chris O says:

    I must admit I’ve always found Soccer Saturday to be good wallpaper television for a match-day afternoon. While not perfect, it is a reasonably entertaining way to hear about the scores from around the country.

    I tend to feel that Grandstand could have been saved if they’d have just ditched all the other sports and employed Sky’s format for football only. Unlikely, I know.

    Anyway, if you think Jeff Stelling’s panel was bad yesterday, take a look at the line-up usually seen on the BBC’s equivalent, Score. It’s usually a bunch of former players with even less personality like Lee Dixon, Gavin Peacock and Gary Pallister. Now that IS excruciating to watch…

    That said, once upon a time Soccer Saturday used to have the sort of panel that was more comparable to those you’d see during ITV’s coverage of the World Cup in the 70’s. People like Rodney Marsh and Frank McLintock who, they they might have sounded misguided in their opinions, could always generate a bit of heated debate. Much more entertaining by far.

  2. CTT says:

    Nice picture you’ve used – that was the exact face Jeff made when we equalised against Chelsea at the Bridge back in 2006 (look at the ticker).

    Anyway, if you’re desperate, you can always watch some liver Premiership football on one of those far-eastern feeds. Go to for the schedules/how-to guides, and install the Pixelfusion Windows Media plug-in ( to up the picture quality.

    If you have a laptop, connect it to your telly and you’re away. That’s what I usually do when I can’t get to a match anyway.

    Cheers for the Baker & Kelly stuff by the way. How many more of these have you got? I could listen to them all day…

  3. 200percent says:

    CTT: A quick check of the folder in which I keep them shows that there are a total of 54 files, of which I’ve uploaded 19 so far, so we’re a shade of one-third of the way through, so far. They run up to about January of February 1999.

  4. CTT says:


    I recommend using something like Megaupload ( to host them though – it will save your bandwidth should your blog get ‘discovered’ and you end up with loads of people all wanting to leech everything you’ve posted.

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