Author: Ian

Victorian Values: The Football League Test Matches

I’m away from the website this week, writing furiously for the last episode of the Twohundredpercent magazine, which comes out at the start of next month. With this in mind, it’s time to take a look back through the articles that made it to this publication but not onto the website, starting with this piece from issue seven of the magazine. In a few short months time, for the supporters of twelve Football League clubs, everything will grind to a halt for the exquisite agony of one of football’s cruellest dramas. This year marked the thirtieth anniversary of the...

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…Until We Meet Again Some Sunny Day

There comes a point at which you have to admit that you’re over-stretching yourself. Some of you may already be aware of the fact that the Twohundredpercent podcast has been put on indefinite hiatus after 102 episodes, but this isn’t the only thing that’s changing around here. In addition to this, as of the start of next month the Twohundredpercent magazine will also be closing its doors. So, let’s take these two decisions one thing at a time, then. We’ve been podcasting on Twohundredperent for something like three and a half years, now. Over the course of that time,...

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1FC Köln & The Great Arsenal Stadium Mystery

Finsbury Park has seldom , if ever, seen anything like it before. More than twenty thousand supporters of 1FC Köln descended on North London for their match against Arsenal determined to have a party last night, and there was little that anybody was going to do to get in their way. Having raucously celebrated a return to European football after a quarter of a century away, the German supporters arrived at The Emirates Stadium last night to take it over, and take it over they did. Kick-off was delayed by an hour in order to try and bring some semblance...

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Crystal Palace: A Dream That Couldn’t Happen

There’s a lot of snobbery in modern Britain, and at the time that Crystal Palace appointed Frank De Boer as their new manager, there were those who said that Croydon didn’t deserve the sort of revolution that the owners of the club were planning for it. Seventy-seven days on from his appointment, De Boer has left Selhurst Park and a dream, of sorts, has died. Just a few weeks ago, there might have been some degree of hope that the club, having survived two successive narrow brushes with relegation, might have been set to turn a corner and turn...

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Video of the Day: Huddersfield Town vs West Ham United, February 1972

West Ham United seek to kick-start their faltering Premier League season with a home league match against Huddersfield Town this evening, but after just three matches of the season – for these two clubs, at least – this match is hardly a guaranteed three points for the home side. Huddersfield still sit in sixth place in the current table, and a win in London this evening would see them back at the top of the table, level on points with Manchester United and Manchester City. Quite a start to the season, and a long way removed from the more...

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