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Football League Review: The Forgotten Men

On the first weekend of September, we tend to forget about the clubs of League One and League Two. Those of the Football League Championship join the Premier League in a weekend off on account of the international break, whilst non-league clubs enjoy a day in the spotlight, but the clubs of the bottom two divisions, already sold down the river this season by the desecration of the Football League Trophy, tend to get fall between the gaps in the grates a little, on this weekend at the very least. Still, though, they played on, despite near monsoon conditions...

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Robbie Keane: A Career Well Lived

What a goal it was, Robbie Keane’s 68th for Ireland, a national record that looks likely to remain until doomsday. The opposition at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in Keane’s 146th and last international were Oman. But that took almost nothing away from the skill with which Keane lifted the ball over Nadir Bashir and planted a right-foot volley past keeper Faiz Al Rushaidi from eight-to-ten yards. It’ll be twenty yards before the decade’s out but the original had enough pure quality not to need embellishment. Where namesake Roy saved his best football for Manchester United and only occasionally fulfilled his...

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The 200% E-Magazine Lands Tonight

Well, we’ve been promising it for the last few weeks, and I’m pretty pleased to be able to confirm that it will be going out on time. The first 200% E-Magazine is now finished and will be sent out to subscribers this evening. We’ve been working pretty hard on it whilst trying to keep the website ticking over since about the middle of July, and I had to rip a couple of bits out completely and start them again, but I think I’m somewhere close to where I wanted to be with it. So, here’s a quick guide to...

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The Football League’s Trophy Folly

Like Bambi on ice, the 2016/17 Checkatrade Trophy stumbled to something approximating an impersonation of life last night. A grassroots boycott of matches had taken hold and, whilst it didn’t – almost certainly couldn’t – reach one hundred per cent absenteeism, it surely accounted for significantly terrible evening of attendances on a bright, late summer’s evening, with no other football to act as a distraction on the television or a short distance away. The League Cup seldom gets a schedule as clear as this. And yes, this round of what this abomination used to be has never been known...

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The Premier League Review: Returning To Type

Three games in, then, and the Premier League is reverting to type following its year off. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea lead the table with maximum points, there’s already been a storm concerning tweets that a player (once) sent, and the possibility of a suspension now hangs over the head of a stand-out player ahead of the Manchester derby in a couple of weeks time. All we need now is for Arsenal supporters to start taking banners to matches demanding the immediate impeachment of Arsene Wenger, and we’ll have a full house. Aguero’s elbow made contact with Winston...

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