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A Brief History of Goalkeepers’ Gloves

In theory, a big part of the appeal of football as a game is its simplicity. All you really need to play is a ball (or something that can stand in for a ball) and, where possible, something that can be used as a goal. One doesn’t have to look very far, however, before the paraphernalia of football becomes apparent. Boots, Shin-pads. And for the goalkeepers amongst us, perhaps most significantly, there are gloves. There is, perhaps, a conversation to be held over the extent to which goalkeepers should even be allowed to wear gloves, if it could be...

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Victorian Values: The Football League Test Matches

I’m away from the website this week, writing furiously for the last episode of the Twohundredpercent magazine, which comes out at the start of next month. With this in mind, it’s time to take a look back through the articles that made it to this publication but not onto the website, starting with this piece from issue seven of the magazine. In a few short months time, for the supporters of twelve Football League clubs, everything will grind to a halt for the exquisite agony of one of football’s cruellest dramas. This year marked the thirtieth anniversary of the...

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The Football League & Wimbledon’s Nickname

It seems to be one of the more immutable rules of life that, for an organisation as hopelessly bone-headed as the “English” Football League, the old adage that it is better to remain silent and considered a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt will usually be ignored with a recklessness that borders upon being cavalier. Friday night’s League One match between Wimbledon and Milton Keynes was almost certainly difficult enough to stomach without the post-match of the body that claims to regulate the seventy-two clubs of the Football League. As it stands, we are left...

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…Until We Meet Again Some Sunny Day

There comes a point at which you have to admit that you’re over-stretching yourself. Some of you may already be aware of the fact that the Twohundredpercent podcast has been put on indefinite hiatus after 102 episodes, but this isn’t the only thing that’s changing around here. In addition to this, as of the start of next month the Twohundredpercent magazine will also be closing its doors. So, let’s take these two decisions one thing at a time, then. We’ve been podcasting on Twohundredperent for something like three and a half years, now. Over the course of that time,...

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FIFA Madness: Miguel Maduro & “The Female Position”

In May, FIFA sacked “did not renew the mandate of” its Ethics Committee co-chairs, Cornel Borbely and Hans Joachim-Eckert, so as to “better reflect the geographic and gender diversity that must be a part of an international organisation like Fifa.” These “non-renewals,” and Borbely and Eckert’s piqued reactions, were headline-grabbers, reducing Miguel Maduro’s non-renewal to mid-table paragraphs of the stories themselves (including mine). After Maduro’s fascinating 72-minute appearance at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport departmental select committee hearing last Wednesday, these roles were reversed. Maduro was non-renewed after ten months as Governance Committee chairman, at least partly for his committee...

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