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Charlton Athletic & the PR suicide note 

One of the small consolations that comes with any relegation is the hope that next time around, things might not be quite as bad. Playing at a lower level should secure a few more wins than the previous season, maybe even promotion back from whence one came. The likelihood of things being as bad again is reduced. There are, however, caveats to this, and one of the more obvious of these comes when the supporters of a club are in a state of revolt against its owners. Under these circumstances, it can feel as though the summer break is...

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The 200% Podcast 67: Two-Thirds of the Premier League

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast marks the beginning of another season of Premier League football. How bad will Hull City be? How annoying and tiresome will Jose Mourinho be? There’s a lot of money at stake, so it’s all very, very important. Of that much we are certain. So, we take a look at the top and the bottom of the table, forget the name of this year’s Watford manager, and forget altogether about Swansea City. It’s been one of those pre-seasons. You can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is...

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Olympic Football 2016: The Story So Far

Football was all I watched of 2012’s Olympics, apart from going to the cycling time a mile-and-a-bit from my front door. And with the cycling not so close this time, football will be my 2016 Olympics. And who wouldn’t relish two weeks’ international football live on telly (well, BBC iplayer) without Lawrenson or Savage? The 2012 women’s tournament was better than the men’s. Understandably, as the top women players were involved, whereas the men’s teams were largely under-23s. In 2016, the roles have been reversed. The men’s football has been largely entertaining. South Korea 3 Germany 3 was as...

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Casual supporters: Priced out of the market? 

As the new season rolls around again, heralded by tediously drawn-out transfer sagas and tales of managers sacked before a ball is kicked, every club is still desperately hawking its season ticket offers. The reasons for this are fairly obvious: they are keen to get that money into their bank accounts and then into the pocket of whichever mediocre signing the manager feels he must have in the annual end of August panic buying bonanza. Getting that money in early helps to establish the club’s budget for the season, particularly at the lower end of the football league where...

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Football League Review: Meet the new Leeds, same as the old Leeds

It can be easy to forget just how quickly that pre-season optimism can burn up and vanish in the wind. This summer has seen the return of an old trope in the Football League Championship, that the division’s new arrivals are grand that they will merely waltz back into Premier League through only having to step onto the pitch to prove their apparent superiority. This may yet happen. One match, after all, is not very much with which we can build a hypothesis for the forty-five that will follow. But for two of those who fell through the trapdoor...

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