Author: Ian

Design Classics: The Goodison Road Stand

For all of the occasional claims to the contrary, English football has become very adept at shedding its traditions in recent years. Badges and colours have come and gone, stadia which a more enlightened society might have protected as listed buildings have been bulldozed, and the media has successfully turned a joke that football started in 1992 into a truth, of sorts. At some levels, though, tradition remains whether the game’s great reinventors like it or not, and one of the great remaining traditions of the game in this country occurs shortly before kick-off at Goodison Park, in Liverpool...

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USA! USA! US… Ah.

There is a tendency, on this side of the Atlantic, to continue to look down upon the United States of America’s national football team as arrivistes. Last night’s narrow defeat at the hands of Trinidad & Tobago, however, ended one of world football’s more understated runs. This is the first time that the American team has failed to reach a World Cup finals since 1986, a record that few other countries can match and an impressive achievement, even if we take into account the fact that the CONCACAF confederation might not necessarily be the deepest pool from which they...

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Floodlights: The Full, Uncensored Truth

If there is something about truly great inventions that marks them out from the rest, it’s that they drift so seamlessly into our lives that we cannot what the world might be like without them. In football, the scope for this sort of blending together can be pronounced. The game is only barely recognisable from that which was played at the end of the nineteenth century, but that is not technology. That’s the evolution of a sport. In terms of technology, one invention above all others has become so perfectly into our world that it has Floodlightscome to feel...

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The Ongoing Travails of Altrincham FC

There can be little doubt that Altrincham Football Club is one of the great names of non-league football. Twice winners of the FA Trophy, Twice winners of what we now know as the National League, holders of the record for the most FA Cup wins over Football League opposition for any club that has never played in the Football League, Altrincham is a name that will cause people of a certain age’s eyes to briefly mist over. Yet Altrincham have fallen on fallow times, and the club’s rapid rate of descent over the last couple of years or so...

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Pet Peeves: The Premier League Plinth

It is a fair enough criticism to suggest that we here at Twohundredpercent can have a tendency to eulogise the past a little. It wasn’t all great, of course. The facilities were in a state of collapse, hooliganism stalked the game like a dark shadow, and the football was, as often as not, terrible. It’s difficult, however, not to be seduced by the images of the past, of the shots of huge terraces, seething masses of humanity that swayed with the motion of the match. That human element to football, however, seems to be on the wane, and it...

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