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Scotland’s Football Association Is Not Corrupt

Scotland’s football authorities have taken as much of a booting over their mishandling of the “Rangers situation” as its mainstream media. However, the SFA have recently demonstrated considerable versatility in the art. The latest examples came from the fraught, occasionally violent, Scottish Cup quarter-final tie between Celtic and Dundee United; particularly the first match at United’s Tannadice ground on March 8th; and particularly the unseemly stramash ten minutes in. And the SFA then extended their mishandling of the affair by their ultra-sensitive, immature reaction to criticism of that mishandling by Dundee United supporter Stewart Milne on the Scotzine website....

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The Last Of The Old Order: Part Three – October 1991

As the nights started to draw in during the autumn of 1991, the First Division of the Football League was starting to take a familiar shape that it would maintain for the majority of the rest of the season, with Manchester United and Leeds United at the top of the table, with the defending champions Arsenal tucked in just behind them and Liverpool, who had dominated English domestic football for most of the previous decade, off the pace somewhat. October 1991 featured one free week for the clubs of the First Division as teams broke for a week on...

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When Football Was Good, Part 4

MIKE HOOPER Goalkeeper. Born 10th February 1964, Bristol. Clubs: Bristol City (1983-1984); Wrexham (1984-1985); Liverpool (1985-1993); Leicester City (1990 (loan)); Newcastle United (1993-1996); Sunderland (1995 (loan)). League appearances: 125. If Liverpool’s famous Boot Room was the power behind the throne of the most recent great Liverpool team, Mike Hooper was arguably the power behind the substitutes bench. A promising career in the lower divisions seemed to be blossoming when Kenny Dalglish made Hooper one of his first signings as Liverpool manager in 1985. Over his eight seasons on Merseyside he mustered only 51 league appearances, usually in dead rubbers...

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The 200% Podcast 6: Video Killed The Radio Star

This week’s podcast comes to you a little earlier than usual, and our subject of conversation this evening is football as represented in video game form. We pick our five favourite games of all time each, have a go at imagining our dream composite game and discuss the changing nature of football in this rapidly and perpetually changing medium. 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...

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Football’s University Challenges

This week sees the climax of the university football season, at Loughborough. Here’s Paul Caulfield with a look at the hinterland at which football and education meet. In January, the London Evening Standard published “Who Says Their Brains Are All in their Boots? The Rise of the Clever Clogs Footballer”, an article about graduates in football.  While the piece was reasoned enough, the sneering headline recalled the inverted snobbery of the ‘Ba-gette’ sketch in comedy show, ‘Absolutely’ and betrayed a similar attitude to footballers’ intelligence. It is depressing  that these headlines still appear, despite the presence of footballing graduates...

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