Author: Ian

Clapton: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Sometimes irony can strike in the cruellest of ways. Clapton FC is one of the oldest surviving names on the London non-league circuit, but after years of slow decline the club’s recent improvement on the pitch in the Essex Senior League is being rapidly unwound by the inexplicable behaviour of its owner, and matters reached a point last week at which push came to shove over whether the Tons would even be able to start the new season, even though the club finished the season as the league’s runners-up last time around. To scratch at the surface of Clapton’s...

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Leyton Orient: The Sun Rises In The East 

Three summers ago, Leyton Orient supporters were rueing what might have been. Beaten only by a penalty shoot-out at Wembley with a place in the Football League Championship at stake, the club was setting course on a new journey following the decision of Barry Hearn to sell it to the Italian businessman Francesco Bechetti. Optimism and nervousness have a tendency to be familiar bedfellows, but how might things turn out for one of English football’s perennial stalwart clubs. We know the answer to this question now, of course. Having been so close to the second tier of English football,...

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The State of the Nation, 2017/18: An Overview 

There’s a chance that the summer of 2017 will, presuming that society doesn’t completely collapse over the next couple of months or so, come to be remembered as The Summer of No Football. There is a feeling of apathy hanging over the game as the year reaches its longest day, an air of lethargy that feels only accentuated by the heatwave that is currently overwhelming so many of us. For those of us that have thrown our lot in with writing about the game, this provides something of a dilemma. Our raison d’etre – be it money, an interest...

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Podcast 97: General Election 2: The Corbyning

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast is a follow-up on last week’s Following the dramatics events of Thursday night, we’re onto the results and fallout of a night that not too many people were expecting. Where were we when we saw the exit poll came through? Where do we think we’ll be in twelve months time? Both of these questions will be answered and several more as well. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here. We also have a Facebook...

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Podcast 96: General Election Special

Well, the summer holidays are here and we’ve decided that football should take a break for a couple of months during the summer, so now that it’s June it’s time for us to venture out into the big, wide world. This week’s podcast is, therefore, on the subject of the upcoming general election and provides ample proof of why we should be not allowed anywhere near power, ever. Though Ian does reveal who he voted for. Has he broken any laws? As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS...

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