Palace vs Wednesday: The Tension Mounts


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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10 Responses

  1. Phil Calverley says:

    What exactly do you mean by “Blackpool of all people”?

    Why has this club been virtually ignored by the media all season?

    This would and could be seen as a great”angle” – a club favourites for relegation to Division 1 at the start of the season, now with a very real chance of promotion to the Premiership and never outside the top ten all season.

    Your really missing something here – this is the Championship NOT the Newscastle United League!

  2. jim says:

    what a brilliant piece , well written well thought out unlike stafford idiot (palace fan can,t wait to try and shove his words down his throat come sunday if i can

  3. Ken says:

    One of Strafford’s self selling points was that he was PR savvy compared with the previous regime, but he has also angered some Wednesday supporters this season by criticising the level of support when actually 20000+ crowds for such consistently poor football are little short of miraculous. The potentially backfiring remarks are just what we didn’t need and further the argument that chairmen should be seen and not heard. Still, come on Wednesday.

  4. Damon says:

    Although it was obviously a throwaway comment, I kind of agree with what Phil said. The laziness of the mainstream media should not be infiltrating such a fine establishment as 200%. Here’s what a Blackpool fan has to say about such laziness.


  5. Mindless behaviour on Strafford’s part, especially given Owls’ own financial predicament – glasshouses and stone throwing should not be mixed. As you rightly say, a better motivational speech could not have been devised for Palace’s players.

    Palace looked a decent side before the points deduction and loss of Victor Moses and Neil Warnock, but I do think Wednesday will win this – it must have been torture listening in to the game on the radio on monday and they will feel they have gotten out of jail, especially as they are currently on a feeble 46 points – even a win would leave them short of the commonly accepted target to avoid relegation of 50 (some have even gone down with 52.

    As I have commented before on Two Hundred Perecent, Strafford’s openness can be double edged – his tendency to squat on message boards is perhaps unbecoming of someone holding the purse strings.

  6. admin says:

    I consider the accusation of being “lazy” to be extremely unfair, considering that I write over 1,000 words per day for this site for no recompense, but that is by the by.

    Blackpool being a surprise in the play-off positions isn’t, I think, in doubt and that is what the aforementioned “throwaway” comment was about – nothing more, nothing less. I am disappointed that there are people that feel that I am “lazy”, but you can rest assured that this is not the case. Of thirty-eight articles about (or largely concerning) the Championship this season, six have been about Newcastle United. Seven clubs – Barnsley, Sheffield United, Preston, Derby, Leicester, Doncaster & Coventry – haven’t featured at all, but we make no promises about being able to cover all clubs equally.

  7. mimi says:

    If I wanted to read gushing commentary on Blackpool, I’d probably be reading a Blackpool website.

  8. Would totally back Ian up on this – Blackpool’s place in the play offs is unquestionably a surprise but one that pretty much all opposing fans in the division are really enjoying (outside the Liberty Stadium of course). I saw the Tangerines lose narrowly but pretty miserably at Reading last season and they looked lower section of the table fodder: the turnaround has been heartwarming. Most of us are rooting for them to make it up.

    And keep up the good work Ian – your coverage of the Championship is excellent.

  9. Michael Wood says:

    If I were a Blackpool fan I would long for a general ignorance of the club to continue for the opposite is much worse and – should you be promoted to the Premier League – one doubts that you will enjoy the (inter)national media attention.

    Firstly you will be told abut your club by people who pass themselves off as experts. They will go through your squad and say who is good and bad as if it is they and not you who have been at Bloomfield Road for the last ten/twenty years.

    People you work with who once went to Old Trafford fifteen years ago but consider themselves to be “fans just like you” will read these comments and start to tell you about your players. They will tell you that defender x is “too slow” without having watched his ability to read the game time and time again make light of that failing.

    Your clubs recent history will be all but ignored but what is recognised will be streamlined into a single story that highlights the importance of people who might make an interesting angle for TV. Expect to hear about Big Sam’s role in the rise and hilarious comments about it not being “that” Robbie Williams.

    The ten/twenty years you watched up and down the country will be described as “years of misery” and dismissed.

    You will see footage of Stanley Matthews in grainy black and white, slowed down, with a wistful commentary, ad nauseum until you are sick of the sight of it and they way it boils your 100 odd years into a five second clip. As if nothing ever happened to you other than what the media decide is worth talking about.

    There will be three facts that every newspaper trots out about your club. You will begin to resent hearing them and realise that what passes for analysis in the press is just the reiteration of a few very obvious points. You will learn nothing new from the media and they will not ask for your opinion.

    Some hack will decide to make a name for himself at your expense. Your club will be disrespected and people like “Lawro” – in-between predicting you will be heavily beaten every week – say that the only reason anyone would join your club is “for the rock”. After that you will stop watching Football Focus.

    You will stop watching Match of the Day when you have come back from a lengthy round trip in which your team played poorly and every problem was highlighted by one of the Alans who tells you you have to “sort yourself out” and you scream at the box that they should have seen you last week when you beat Stoke and then you realise that they did, but they choose to paint a worse picture of your club because it makes better TV to have the dour scot chew your defenders.

    Unless you are lucky your chairmen and directors will become obsessed with trying to maintain this horrendous spotlight that falls on your club and the problem that come from that will haunt you for generations.

    And all the while this monotony of comment that seeks to reduce your club to a punchline, a minor part of the greater story the media tell about the march of other clubs who they decide are to the manor born while you are interlopers at your own matches reduced to simply “enjoying the experience” of watching other teams, while the continues it will be done so to a drone of your work mates, people in the pub, people on the net regurgitating the media’s tedious line that they have decided about your clubs.

    “They need a Matthews”, “The only reason to go to Blackpool is the rock”, “Get Big Sam back” and on and on and on as if the years watching your club were just time wasted because the real expert is the guy opposite you, telling you what he things that just happens to be what he just read in The Sun.

    Why has the club been ignored by the media all season? Because you’ve been bloody lucky.

  10. A spot on analysis from Michael Wood. As a Reading fan I can confirm that many of these things happen for a newly promoted club – although we had nowhere near the history of a Blackpool. It’s also not much fun losing matches and the Alans saying it’s because your team is a bit rubbish and can’t defend rather than having spent a hundredth of the opposition on wages.

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