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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: A Winter Of Discontent

Posted by on 6:55 pm in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

There is definitely something in the air. If the landscape of the football supporter has been defined by any single theme over the last two or three years, then the notion of protest and a more general feeling of satisfaction at the way on which our game is being run has to come close to the top of anybody’s list. As British society has come to feel more fractured and fractious over the last couple of years, this has been reflected in an arena in which the consumers – those who commit so much to keep the whole circus running...

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A Glimmer Of Light Over Safe Standing?

Posted by on 8:47 am in English League Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

It was only a tiny step forward, but those that have been campaigning for the return of terraces in the form of safe standing had a rare reason to be cheerful yesterday with an announcement from north of the border, that the Scottish Premier League is to trial a pilot that may see the return of standing at matches in the near future.  That this announcement should be popular is hardly surprising. The argument in favour of the introduction is a far more sophisticated one than many give it credit for being, but to what extent is such an...

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How Everton Represent English Football’s Failed Business Model

Posted by on 8:41 am in English League Football, Latest | 32 comments

If you were after a textbook example of top-flight English football’s failed business model, you couldn’t go wrong with Everton – consistently decent Premier League performers with consistently high home crowds and a consistently money-generating transfer policy. Yet, without a sharp shift in attitude and fortune, financial ruin awaits. Since last writing on Everton, little has changed in their attitude to protesting supporters, who appear somewhat “ahead of the game” in realising the need for fresh financial strategies. And the latest...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-12-2011

Posted by on 10:42 pm in Latest, Video | 0 comments

After all the excitement of the recent rounds of cup matches in the FA Cup and FA Trophy over the last couple of weeks, it was back to the league for non-league football this weekend, and we have highlights from six matches for you this evening. From the Blue Square Premier, we have the match between Forest Green Rovers and Lincoln City. From the Blue Square Bet South, we have two matches, those between Salisbury City and Maidenhead United, and Dartford and Dorchester Town. We then have a match from the Premier Division of the Southern...

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Wigan, Bolton & Blackburn Labour Under Grey Lancastrian Skies

Posted by on 9:56 pm in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

The absence of the top five or six clubs from much of the schedule for yesterday’s Premier League fixtures may have meant that the eyes of many may have drifted towards the bottom of the table instead. As has been the case for the previous couple of seasons, the bottom half of the Premier League table is starting to look rather congested, with just six points separating the team in tenth place in the table from the relegation places. With the half-way point in the season starting to come into view there is, therefore, all to play for,...

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Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Stoke City

Posted by on 5:49 pm in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

According to the current Premier League orthodoxy, the Vandals are playing the Visigoths at Molineux this afternoon. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City don’t fit with the marketing profile of the division. These are two clubs that upset people aesthetically. They’re not as glamorous as some would like, and they don’t play football in the way that those that seem to care about this sort of thing are concerned, and neither do they just sit back and accept their inevitable fate. Stoke City have managed an FA Cup final...

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