The Hype Factory


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. La Liga Review says:

    I have every sympathy for Rio Ferdinand – how can it be his fault if some idiot girl gets in the way while indulging in a harmless bit of wallkicking? People need to be a little more open minded – which is exctly what I said to the judge who ridiculed my claim that I was trying to change a lighbulb when I accidentally punched a police officer.

  2. Pinche says:

    So the Ballack manhandling of Ronaldo was NOT a penalty? If you watch the last few games for United, it appears that the opposing teams have taken to fouling the crap out of our skill players – with no consequences. The ABU community can celebrate all they want, we’ll still win the league…

  3. Red Ranter says:

    I appreciate your general ability to look beyond what is usually reported in the press, but it slightly worries me that you’ve also fallen for the current refrain in the press. While Fergie has been whining for a while, I think the man handling of Ronaldo by Ballack — where he brings him down WWE style in the box — is safely ignored by almost everyone.

    About Rio, well, from what I’ve read and quotes from the lady herself who was hit, she said that it was unintentional and there is no bad blood.

    I understand your apathy towards pretty much anything Premier League and the big four especially. But a little fact checking wouldn’t hurt. It’s the general high standards that you keep your blog to, that’s forced me to comment here. Hope you do take it the right way.

    And yes, it’s not my Man Utd bias talking here. Arsenal have had more bad luck than us to be honest.

  4. Football bets says:


    United will still win the league. They are bad losers, but then again so are Chelsea, and lets not even get started on Arsenal and Arsene Whinger!

    Two easy home games left for Man U, and the first one is going to be made even easier by Curbs promising to help them:

    “Perhaps some players have only seen Old Trafford on the TV might get a chance. It will be another learning curve for one or two of them and I have been happy with young Tomkins.”

    At least it went close this year. If Heskey hadn’t scored in the last minute it would have been tChesleas year!

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