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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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How Scottish Journalism Works, Parts One & Two

I was ready for Easter when Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) released their interim financial results for the six months to December 2014. And by the end of this week in this story, I was ready to retire. The accounts were bog-standard RIFC stuff, although seeing the whole corporate clusterf*ck spread out on-screen still retained powers to amaze. Multi-million pound losses? £2.89m. Check. Barmy payments to external bodies? Half-a-million to Newcastle United if Rangers win promotion. Check. Rangers challenging in Scotland and Europe? By 2022. Check. Traditions and values? Traditional values and traditions (traditional traditions?). Check. Contingent liabilities? Craig...

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The 200% Podcast 7: Bloody Hell, Albion

Good morning, podfriends. On this week’s 200% podcast, we’re trying something a little different – a before, during and after of the Good Friday match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City. You can download the Twohundredpercent podcast by clicking here, you can stream it through the link below or you can subscribe to this series on Itunes by clicking here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here. You can shout yourselves hoarse at Twohundredpercent’s logical fallacies on Facebook by clicking...

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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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The Last Of The Old Order: Part Four – November 1991

Well, it’s getting on towards winter now and the First Division of the Football League is starting to settle into an agreeable groove, with Leeds United and Manchester United having established themselves at the top of the table. This morning, we’ve got the goals from every weekend of this month, plus some more goals from the League Cup and Manchester United’s European Super Cup match against Red Star Belgrade, from Old Trafford. There is, you’ll note, another free weekend for international fixtures. You can see the First Division table as it stood at the close of play on the...

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