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Southend United: Fossetts Farm & Other F Words

“So, how’s Fossetts Farm coming along?” I asked my fellow Non-League Paper freelancer last season, when he outed himself as a Southend United fan. I expected to hear that their move from their old Roots Hall ground to the Farm was somehow progressing. I got one of those noises spelt with a combination of “Ps”, “Fs” and “Ts” or by putting “snort” in brackets. “Fossetts Farm” isn’t “coming along.” Even its discrete Wikipedia entry hasn’t been “modified” since June 2015, with no factual references beyond 2008 and a darkly-comic reference to a “final stadium plan” in 2007. Plenty has...

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New Balance: A Cautionary PR Story

At the time of writing, the United States of America feels like a particularly febrile place. Following the election of Donald Trump as the president of the country, the internet is awash with pictures of racist slogans and stories of people who are, apparently, no longer welcome in that country any more. This however, is a football website, and whilst we undoubtedly have strong opinions on this particular matter in a personal capacity, this isn’t really the place for them. It is, however, the place for a cautionary tale of the dangers of thoughtless corporate behaviour from a sportswear...

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Football League Review: No Home Comforts

Sometimes, one can only stand back and admire the optimism of those who run England’s football clubs. Last week, Wigan Athletic appointed the former Manchester United reserve manager Warren Joyce as their new man in charge, and gave him a three and a half year contract for his troubles. At the time of writing, twelve of the ninety-two managers of the Premier League and Football League have been in their respective positions for longer than three and a half years. The odds, with the best will in the world, are not in Joyce’s favour, and that’s before we take...

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The FA Cup First Round – Liveblog!

Good afternoon, everybody. It feels like ages since we last did a liveblog on Twohundredpercent, but today feels like as good a day as any to bring that concept back from the dead. It’s Bonfire Night and it’s the First Round of the FA Cup, so over the next couple of days we’re going to be trying our very best to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on. And it can be interactive, if you like. If there’s anything that you’d like to say, any photos you take at a match that may be of interest...

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Plymouth Argyle: James Brent’s “Five Year Plan”

Football club takeover and ownership tales often have common elements such as financial disarray, incompetent and/or egomaniacal former owners…and, all-too-often, Peter bloody Ridsdale. Plymouth Argyle came through all that. And yet… I last covered Plymouth in February 2014. Argyle had emerged from financial disaster, inflicted by a rogues gallery-and-a-half of “personalities,” very much including Ridsdale. However, uncertainty loomed over new owner, local “entrepreneur” and Harry Potter stunt-double James Brent, who “saved” them in October 2011. Questions lingered over the “saved” club’s true finances and Brent’s true motivation…everywhere except the local, Brent-loyal Plymouth Herald newspaper. I re-read that article while...

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