Category: Art

The 200% Hall of Fame: Barry Davies

Last October, the 200% Podcast gave out the first of its Hall of Fame awards. In lieu of having the resources to be able to send them anything of actual value, we promised at that time that we would eventually get around to writing some words and creating a picture to mark their inclusion, so here’s the first in this series, the BBC’s Barry Davies. In the build-up to the fiftieth anniversary of Match of The Day, BBC Breakfast invited Barry Davies on to their sofa to discuss the programme. Asked what he thought was the reason for this,...

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Sixty greats of European football

So, what’s the best way to make a list of sixty of the greatest European footballers of all time? A question so fraught with complexities, subjectivity and potential pitfalls that any normal person¬†wouldn’t even bother trying to answer it. Which, of course, is where I come in. As you might have imagined I would, I started by turning to my two most reliable standbys: total abdication of personal responsibility and lists. Two-thirds of the players that you now see before you are previous winners of the European Footballer of the Year award, also known its more poetic and original...

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When Football Was Good, part 7 – David Speedie

DAVID SPEEDIE Born 20th February 1960, Glenrothes. Clubs: Barnsley (1978-1980); Darlington (1980-1982); Chelsea (1982-1987); Coventry City (1987-1991); Liverpool (1991); Blackburn Rovers (1991-1992); Southampton (1992-1993); Birmingham City (1992, loan); West Bromwich Albion (1992, loan); West Ham United (1993, loan); Leicester City (1993-1994). ¬†514 career league appearances, 148 goals. Domestic honours: 1986 Full Member’s Cup; 1987 Charity Shield finallist. International honours: 10 Scotland caps (1985-1989). “Mummy, who’s that man leaping like a majestic salmon to head the winning goal?” Well, it could only have been David Speedie, the 5 feet 7 inch centre forward with the aerial presence of a man...

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When Football Was Good, Part 6 – Emlyn Hughes

Even his nickname was of the decade that came to encapsulate the best of his career. For some, the name Crazy Horse might summon forth mental images of Neil Young’s screaming, screeching backing band. For others, it might be the peculiar sight of Mormon syrup specialists The Osmonds proving that they could rock out as well as dampen female gussets. For football supporters of that decade, however, it’s a name that could only reasonably be associated with one person. Liverpool’s Emlyn Hughes. It’s easy to recall Hughes as the pastel-sweatered joker with a voice inflected with helium on the...

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When Football Was Good, part 5

BRIAN KILCLINE Defender. Born 7th May 1962, Nottingham. Clubs: Notts County (1980-1984); Coventry City (1984-1991); Oldham Athletic (1991-1992); Newcastle United (1992-1994); Swindon Town (1994-1995); Mansfield Town (1995-1997); Halifax Town (1997-1998). League appearances: 440. League goals: 42. Domestic honours: FA Cup 1987. International honours: 2 U21 England caps (1982) Brian “Killer” Kilcline was everything you’d want in a hard-tackling centre back. Influential, charismatic, just the right amount of eccentric (he generally eschewed volleyed clearances, preferring the tried and true diving header) and not a little hard (he once beat John Fashanu at arm wrestling, as well as being invalided out...

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