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Southport’s Summer of Discontent

Exactly forty years ago, Southport Football Club was looking forward to another season in the Fourth Division of the Football League. The club had finished the previous season one place off the bottom of the League but had survived re-election, unlike the the unfortunate Workington, who’d been voted out and replaced by Wimbledon already that summer. Clubs weren’t voted out of the Football League often, and when they were, it made national news headlines. Still, Southport shouldn’t have anything to worry about, should it? The club had won the Fourth Division championship in 1973 before being relegated straight back...

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The Inevitable Wayne Rooney Obituary

This has been a quiet summer so far, but last weekend finally saw what will most likely come to be remembered as the transfer story of the summer. After thirteen years at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney is returning to Goodison Park to rejoin Everton, the club with which he started his career more than a decade and a half ago. And, since only six football clubs in England really matter any more, the press is having a field day with its analyses of Rooney’s legacy with Manchester United and England, but there is something of a problem with this,...

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Podcast 99: Fast Food

This week, the Twohundredpercent podcast is still on its summer recess from football, and this week we turn our attention, with the assistance of Edward Dickins, to fast food, from the curiosity that there are no chains for kebabs to the ongoing peculiarity that is continued existence of Wimpy. And, of course, there’s the all-important question of what the circumstances are under which fish and chips becomes fast food. 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 also...

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The Rangers Tax Case: Then, Now & Forever

Between 2001 and 2010, Rangers FC participated in an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme, the “Murray Group Management Remuneration Trust (MGMRT). “So far as Rangers were concerned,” this scheme “enabled the Club to attract players who would not otherwise have been obtainable,” the “Murray” of the Murray Group, Rangers ex-chairman David, admitted to a “First-Tier Tax Tribunal” (FTT). On Wednesday, the Supreme Court declared that scheme unlawful. In February 2013, Lord William Nimmo-Smith reported on his Scottish Premier League (SPL)-commissioned investigation into Rangers’ alleged breaching of league rules in the operation of the now-unlawful scheme. The good Lord noted...

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FIFA’s Garcia Report: Reaction & Ridicule

So, disgraced Fifa ex-president Sepp Blatter is NOT a woman trapped in a man’s body. Prince William did NOT try to sell his place in-line to the UK throne to Qatar. And the repugnant Jack Warner is NOT one of the most repulsive human beings on the planet never to have committed murder. No, wait, that last one IS true. What Fifa call the “Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process (the so-called “Garcia Report”),” named after its primary author, the Fifa Ethics Committee (EthCo) Investigatory Chamber’s then “independent” chair, United States ex-attorney Michael...

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