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The Ryman League Reaches Its Denouement

Sky Sports’ more perceptive staff might be wondering if this season’s final Premier League (EPL) “Super Sunday” might be a super… damp squib. The Ryman League Premier Division’s insane run-in would currently make better telly. When Saturday Comes magazine’s late, lamented (by me, anyway) diary section used to call the Football League Championship “the mad division,” because…it was. As unpredictable as Donald Trump in a dizzy spell and as competitive as Trump’s senior Whitehouse staff on a tetchy day, while the Premier League/Premiership was a dismal Arsenal/Manchester United duopoly, when Man Yoo weren’t strolling it. The business ends of...

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Brighton & Hove Albion: Twenty From Twenty

Brighton and Hove Albion have just been promoted to the Premier League! Hooray! The Seagulls haven’t been in the top division of English football for 34 years, a statistic which would be remarkable enough without the fact that their promotion came just 20 years, almost to the day, that they almost slipped out of the Football League and, most likely, of existence. Here are twenty people who made the unlikely, the inevitable. STEVE GRITT A Charlton Athletic legend, Gritt had spent twelve years as a player at The Valley and between 1991 and 1995 served as the club’s co-manager...

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Podcast 92: Bizarro Player Of The Year (& Free E-Magazine)

On this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast, we have noted that the PFA issued its shortlist for their Player of the Year last week. So, as night follows day and yin follows yang, we’re taking the time out for a shortlist for the Bizarro Player of the Year. The worst Premier League player of this season, no less. We have seven nominations and an ultimate winner. And this week you can also catch up with episode two of The Emirates Stadium Mystery, in which the Arsenal manager Plumstead Highbury QC’s luck seems to have run out. After two matches. As ever,...

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The Premier League Relegation Zone: Who To Choose?

Each April, I take a view on the Premier League (EPL) relegation struggle, based on more than just football (this year my focus is partly to swerve my own team Kingstonian’s involvement in an ultra-tight battle to avoid the cultural wasteland of Ryman League Division One South. I watched Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Monday through the unlikely prism of “moral dilemma.” One which I solved in true Trevor-Brooking-on-Match-of-the-Day-in-the-1980s style…plumping for a draw. Having watched frankly too much football at Spurs from 1973 to 1992 (Screensport Super Cup, anybody?), a natural “Arsenal-to-lose” instinct remains. But Sam Allardyce… The man...

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The Emirates Stadium Mystery: Eating The Swans?

It has been a tumultuous fortnight for Plumstead Highbury QC, the surprise appointment as the new Arsenal manager. The initial warmth of the post-coital glow that accompanied the Gunners’ comfortable 2-0 opening day win against Stoke City is threatening to turn decidedly luke warm, like an unattended bucket of piss. Still, in the build-up to the team’s second match of the season, Highbury was bullish, even taking time out to dismiss some unfounded transfer chatter and reveal a lot about his tactical approach to the game. Nevertheless, having beaten Stoke using the daring strategy of playing just two at...

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