Crossing Swords At Upton Park


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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2 Responses

  1. Georgina Best says:

    It seems to me that football reporting is becoming increasingly like episodes in a pantomime. If the characters are ‘in’ they get away with all sorts and if they are ‘out’ the audience is supposed to boo.

  2. Football Bet Man says:

    If you think players are immune from as much criticism as they shouldn get, then you should take some time browsing the internet fora of some of the big clubs. One big game and you’ve got 1000s of people literally baying for blood.

    I appreciate the examples in your article, and naturally they are all correct. But as a Liverpool fan who remembers that Ian Rush derby i have to disgaree somehwhat. You see, i also remember a young lad from Chester who arrived around christmas time in 1980 and failed to score in his entire first season for the reds (he didn’t even get to play that much). I can honestly say that if that happened today Ian Rush would more than likely have been shipped out to another club, such is the desire for immediate success in football. Instead, Bob Paisley urged Rushie to be more selfish infront of goal, and he went on to score 346 goals.

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