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Scunthorpe & Sheffield: United, Yet Divided

The biggest Football League crowd of the weekend didn’t come, for once, from the Championship. An attendance of almost 28,000 people was at Bramall Lane to see the top two clubs in League One prove what the league table has been saying for a little while, now, that there’s only a hair’s breadth between the two clubs that, for now at least,  remain the most likely to get promoted – although supporters of both Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town may well dispute this assertion – at the end of the season. This was, unsurprisingly, a tempestuous encounter, defined by...

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Podcast 85: The FA Cup, and Other Matters

On this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast, we start off with this weekend’s FA Cup matches, touch on the failure of English clubs in Europe in recent years, and ahave a brief weep for Leyton Orient. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here. We now also have a Facebook page for the podcast, which you can “like” by going here. And you can support us through subscribing right here, through Patreon.  ...

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The Continuing FA Cup Adventures of Lincoln City

Sometimes historical precedent can be a little misleading. When the full-time whistle blew at Turf Moor yesterday afternoon marking Lincoln City’s progress into the quarters-finals of this year’s FA Cup, various years started showing up on social media in order to try and explain just how unprecedented this win was. When the history of the FA Cup is so convoluted, it is perhaps understandable that people should start to get their dates in the wrong order. The last time that a non-league football club made this stage of the competition was 1914, but football’s landscape was very different to...

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Sutton United’s Day In The Sun

The intersection at which practical reality and morality meet isn’t always a comfortable place to be parked. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, one non-league football club has been scooping up levels of attention not usually seen by clubs of its size. Sutton United, of the National League, take on Arsenal at Gander Green Lane on Monday evening in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. With Arsene Wenger now tottering after Arsenal’s threashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, an extra, extra frisson has been added to a match that has...

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FA In The “No Confidence” Vote In The FA

The debate on the House of Commons’ lack of confidence in the English Football Association (FA) took me back to some grim trade union conference days. In conference halls dominated by a Trotskyist political far-left, debates were repetitively tedious. Delegate-after-delegate would rail against “this vicious Tory government,” (even after Labour’s 1997 election victory, in the more deranged cases). The first speech would make ALL the required points in support of a motion and the subsequent dozens would offer nothing new, merely allowing the speakers to report to their branches (Socialist Workers’ Party, not union) that they had played their...

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