The Dark Side Of Non-League Football


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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  1. Spike says:

    Should there be a Salary Cap in Football?
    Personally I think there should be! It’s just getting to be stupid money in football at the top of the premiership!
    It’s always the same teams at the top proving that football success is based purely on money which ruins the idea of it being a sport! They’ve done it in rugby, basketball, hockey and American football and it makes the sports more competitive and better to watch!
    I do a little Spread Betting from time to time and most matches don’t hold much surprise who is going to win, its boring! I want to see a team at the bottom pulling off an amazing season beating last seasons winners in a close fought battle!
    Make things fair! It shouldn’t be about money!
    All there is all that money in the premiership and barely any of it stays in the UK so it’s not even helping the economy!
    From my Spread Betting, if I ever win big (which is never, I’m unlucky) it’s still nothing compared to the average premiership players weekly wage!
    This Rant was brought to you by Spread Betting Spike.

  2. Spangly Princess says:

    Ah, the joys of Turning a Blind Eye. If it’s not on Sky it doesn’t really exist. If it’s not even in the league… well, we really are talking about some shadowy netherworld aren’t we.

    The issue of troublemakers from bigger clubs using non-league games as an opportunity for a ruck is a very interesting one, and a salutary reminder that all is not “solved” even at the top level of the game, whatever they might like us to think.

    It also fits with my suspicion that hooliganism and its suppression have as much to do with economic issues as with repression: whether by pricing the unwelcome element out of the game, or by creating an environment in which no club can afford the financial cost of hooliganism.

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