Tales Of The Unexpected


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. Anonymous says:

    Top article, yet again Ian.
    It’s all such a refreshing change. This years FA Cup has begun to restore my flagging faith in football…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have several thoughts.

    1. Have you ever heard of a “salary cap” in the American sense? I don’t if it would work in England, but I think that would restore competitive balance in the Premier League.

    2. Even if every Englishmen watched the FA Cup final, it does not change the fact that finishing 17th in the Premier League pays a lot more than winning the FA Cup. If you want this competition to be relevent to Premier League sides, the FA must give a bigger prize than 5 million pounds and a UEFA Cup spot.
    3. What do get out of watching the Champions League and the EPL? If you don’t get anything out of it, why watch? As an American, the Champions League is the only time I can watch European “soccer”, or even “soccer” in general sometimes for free.
    4. The gap between the big four and everyone else is nowhere as big as you may think.
    5. As an American one of the biggest attractions to English football was the FA Cup. I love seeing giant-killings like Barnsley did to Chelsea. http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/Story?id=1782297&page=1

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh yeah, the above link shows partially the reason why I am attracted to the FA Cup.

  4. Betting on footy says:

    Well, apparently, the semi-final between Cardiff and Barnsley is set to be played on Saturday 5th April at 12.15 for TV – but it will clash with the already-live game between Arsenal and Liverpool that day at 12.45, so not sure how much of an audience that game will get.

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