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League Three By Stealth

It might be argued that the concept of league football is one of the greatest gifts that Britain has given the world. A number of teams play each other twice a season, once home and once away. You get points for winning, fewer points for drawing, and at the end of it all, the team with the most points becomes the champions. It’s a system that has been copied all over the world – albeit with minor amendments here and there – and, more than a century and a quarter after it was first introduced in England, it remains...

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A Footballer Has Been Arrested

They’re champing at the bit already, of course. The tabloid press is already straining like a horse at the tape before the Grand National, walking that most narrow of tightropes of being as salacious as they feel they can get away with whilst side-stepping possibility of prejudicing any potential future trial. Others don’t even seem to wish to attempt to walk that tightrope. An allegation diametrically opposed to a presupposed opinion has already led to mud being slung on social media and the likelihood is that the din will take a while to die down again, but in the...

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The 200% Podcast 2: The Infernal Premier League

Hello everybody, and welcome to the second Twohundredpercent podcast relating to football. This week, we’re indulging ourselves a little and drawing up a list of what we have come to call “The Infernal Premier League”, a division of twenty clubs who will remain English football’s top twenty in perpetuity. So, join Edward Carter and I as we get dates and names wrong, argue like a pair of children, and generally otherwise cover ourselves in glory. You can stream the podcast through Soundcloud by clicking on the button below, or you can download it by right-clicking and saving here. If...

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On Fatherhood & Football

They don’t warn you, of course. From the very moment that a wave of “I think I’m late” washes over your significant other for the first time to the point at which you’re looking at a grainy black and white image of something that looks like a human being while a feeling of “somehow or other, I helped to make that” starts to occur to you, the very prospect of being a father is almost completely overwhelming. There are a lot of people offering advice on the internet that ranges from the invaluable to the ethically questionable and the...

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The Death & Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

When the end finally comes, it is usually the mundanity of that is the most striking thing of all. At the High Court in London, five days before Christmas and with most “football people” focusing their attention on the forthcoming rush of holiday fixtures, Hereford United Football Club passed quietly into the night, another of the English game’s relative footnotes cast asunder shifted to its “History” section. Yet the story of Hereford United and its demise doesn’t end with the scratching of a judge’s signature on a document in a hushed courtroom. When it comes to football clubs, these...

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