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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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Taking On Mike Ashley, The Rangers Way

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United’s owner and all-round corporate scumbag appears an expensive barrier to Rangers’ financial progress. When former RIFC director Chris Graham was proclaiming the skies over Ibrox free of massive clouds, Ashley had already formed his own ultra-massive, lucrative clouds.  He reportedly invested £1m to buy three million RIFC shares before the now-infamous Initial Public Offer (IPO) in December 2012, a considerable personal investment in the context of the IPO, if not in the context of Ashley’s personal fortune, which made him Rangers’ third-largest shareholder. There were also reports that Rangers could “borrow as many as nine...

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