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Football’s Abuse Culture: A Pandora’s Box, Waiting To Open

When the story regarding the abuse of young footballers that has been covering the press like an oppressive, repulsive smell this week first made its way onto the back pages of our newspapers this week, the word “Crewe” became almost immediately stuck in my head. Like most of us, I was previously only vaguely aware of the case of the coach, scout and serial paedophile Barry Bennell. I was considerably more aware of the production line that Crewe Alexandra was for so many years. The club was one of English football’s more understated success stories, punching considerably above its...

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Premier League Review: Three, plus one, plus one

For all the blustering talk in the media, professional football remains a game of fine margins. The Premier League has new leaders this weekend after those at the top of the table played out a series of matches which demonstrated why calling the identity of this season’s champions before Christmas feels like something of a fool’s errand. Chelsea now lead the way following a one-nil win at Middlesbrough with a performance that seldom sparkled but a result that never seemed in doubt. Antonio Conte spent much of his post-match interrogations seeking to undermine the understandable conclusion that six consecutive...

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Podcast 77: Back In Saddle Again

Good evening, podcast fans. For reasons beyond our control we’ve been out of action for the last four weeks, but we’re back this evening, with a bit of a catch-up over the last four weeks, taking in England vs Scotland, the forthcoming awards season, and Donald Trump. 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 now also have a Facebook page for the podcast, which you can “like” by going here. And you can support us through subscribing...

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Chesterfield, so far 

In English football, the divide between those who have it all and those who have very little can feel almost absurdly great. This week, the Premier League has confirmed a new television deal in China that is worth £564m. It can be difficult, in a sense, to believe that such a contract can even inhabit the same universe as Chesterfield FC, where the chairman of the club, Dave Allen, resigned his position on dramatic circumstances on Monday, leaving it facing a possible cash flow crisis that could have serious ramifications for its future solvency. Yet only two divisions separate...

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Kingstonian: A Day In The Death Of A Football Club? 

Sometimes you have to admit that your fans aren’t that terrific. Until this week, my only criticisms of a Kingstonian fan-base with many terrific individuals was their fouler-than-average language during matches, their inability to out-sing a mime artist with laryngitis and an occasional tendency to dissolve into whining self-pity. The first issue matters, the second doesn’t. But this week, the third dominated proceedings to the extent that it shook my faith in my club’s future. That future is fraught. Ryman League Ks have been sub-tenants at Kingston Council-owned Kingsmeadow Stadium since entering administration in October 2001 (five years after...

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