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Football League Review: Seconds Out, Round One

We spend the summer waiting for it, but when it arrives it feels like a little bit of a let-down. Such are the levels of hype that some to associate themselves with the beginning of a new season in the Football League that, by the end of the first weekend of matches, it can all feel a little bit unfulfilling. For all the friendly matches in the world, the players may still be getting used to each other, whilst in the stands there is a certain sluggish feeling in the air as supporters wake themselves from their summer-long slumber,...

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Rangers: And This Is Where The Story Really Begins

On Wednesday, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Board announced, undercover of “legal advice from eminent Senior Counsel Gerry Moynihan,” that Rangers would get away with their unlawful use of “EBTs (Employee Benefit Trusts) and other schemes.” Which had been confirmed three weeks earlier by the UK Supreme Court (SC). The SPFL had said they would “take time to examine the SC ‎judgement in detail and consider any implications for the SPFL.” But Moynihan’s advice was twenty months old, given in response to the November 2015 Court of Session ruling upheld by the SC. So, clearly (and wisely), the...

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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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