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The Continuing Tailspin of York City 

Three minutes into stoppage-time at Prenton Park last Saturday, a header from Tranmere Rovers’ James Norwood proved to be a goal of no little National League significance. Not only did this goal keep the home side well and truly in touch with a title race that  has narrowed considerably over the last few weeks, but it also marked something symbolic at the other end of the table, where a win for North Ferriby United against Gateshead shunted York City, who conceded that late, late goal on Merseyside, to the bottom of the table. It’s been eighteen matches now since...

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Premier League Review: London Rises Again 

It has been, to say the very least, a difficult few days for Chelsea Football Club. The stories that have been swirling around the whole of professional football over the last couple of weeks or so have left a mildly effluent taste in the mouth, and the club’s fulsome apology regarding historical child sex abuse allegations will likely have long lasting ramifications for the game. For Chelsea, it seems likely that this year will end with cognitive dissonance ringing in the ears. To add a further layer of irony to it all, this unpleasantness comes at a time when...

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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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