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Crystal Palace & Tony Pulis’s Payback Time

Another production at football’s theatre of the absurd. Tony Pulis, an ex-manager of about 47 clubs (for the purposes of this story, Crystal Palace), loses a huge legal battle because his chairman was seen at a hairdressers. And Pulis himself with little more than one hair for each club he’s managed. Not even Pulis could make it up, And he’s done a fair bit of that this year, according to rulings made against him by a Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal in March. These were released on November 28th in a 32-page judgment by Sir Michael Burton (“sitting as...

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Podcast 78: Homosexuality & Football

Apologies for the delay in the release of this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast. Changes in circumstances have meant that we’ve had to mess around with the schedule again, though this time we’re confident that we’re back on track. This week’s podcast is on the subject of homosexuality in football. What is it with Tony Cascarino? Will homosexuality ever be completely normalised? And, if it isn’t, is it the fans that are to blame for this, the clubs, or the players? It’s a tricky and sensitive subject, but bear with us and we’ll get through it together. As ever, you can...

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Football League Review: It Never Rains… 

There comes a point in the season for some supporters when one can take their foot off the pedal, a little. Indulge ourselves in a little generosity of spirit. For Newcastle United supporters, at just about any other time, Saturday afternoon’s home defeat by Blackburn Rovers was that day. Newcastle had an afternoon during which a much-rotated team couldn’t quite find the rhythm that has swept it to the top of the Football League Championship so far this season. Blackburn Rovers, who might previously have measured their time outside the division’s relegation places so far this season in minutes...

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Resolution 12: Proving Their Resolve

“Resolution 12” was a simple query about granting one licence to one club in 2011, when they did not apparently qualify for that licence. It has dragged on because that simple query remains unanswered. Resolution 12 to Celtic plc’s November 2013 AGM asked Celtic’s board to: refer to the Uefa Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the licensing administration practices of the SFA, requesting the CFCB undertake a review and investigate the SFA’s implementation of UEFA & SFA license compliance requirements, with regard to qualification, administration and granting of licenses to compete in football competitions under both SFA and UEFA...

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Football’s Abuse Culture: A Pandora’s Box, Waiting To Open

When the story regarding the abuse of young footballers that has been covering the press like an oppressive, repulsive smell this week first made its way onto the back pages of our newspapers this week, the word “Crewe” became almost immediately stuck in my head. Like most of us, I was previously only vaguely aware of the case of the coach, scout and serial paedophile Barry Bennell. I was considerably more aware of the production line that Crewe Alexandra was for so many years. The club was one of English football’s more understated success stories, punching considerably above its...

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