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Podcast 100: The Week(s) In Football

This week’s Twohundredpercent finally gets around to a subject that we should have covered a while ago. It’s our one-hundredth. Now, we already attempted to record this podcast the once, a couple of weeks ago, but we took our celebrating a little too far and it ended up practically unlistenable. So, after a brief pause for Mr Carter’s wedding, we’re back for start of the new season. Three weeks late, but we’re back. And this week’s podcast takes in the bottom of the Football League Championship, the bottom of the Premier League, and a parlour game involving the Premier...

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Football League Review: Sunderland & Villa’s Purgatory

Five games into the Football League Championship season, there are surprising faces at the top of the table. Cardiff City sit at the top of the pile with five wins out of five following a narrow but deserved win against Queens Park Rangers at The Cardiff City Stadium, with Ipswich Town sitting in second place in the table despite seeing their strong start to the season stutter following a home defeat at the hands of Fulham. The top of the table, however, isn’t really where the genuine interest rests in this division. The real interest comes at its other...

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Stevenage & Grimsby Town: A Storm In A D-Cup?

On paper at least, a League Two match between Stevenage and Grimsby Town would hardly be expected to be the sort of football match that makes national newspaper headlines, and indeed casual observers of lower league football might have been forgiven for glancing at the results and assuming that nothing particularly unusual had happened. Stevenage won the game by three goals to one – their first league win of the season – Grimsby had a player sent off, and a crowd of just under 2,800 people was present to watch it all. So far, so routine. However, events away...

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Scottish Football Goes Nuts

Football’s genuine status as “only a game” was perfectly demonstrated by comparing Scottish football’s descent into madness last week with the parallel fall and fall further into the arena of the psychologically unwell of US president Donald bloody Trump. Trump’s week of false equivalence, ignorance of history and resultant encouragement to American neo-Nazis and white supremacists has been well-documented, by far better documenters than me. Suffice to say that the clownish rhetoric, schoolboy politicking and rank-rotten refereeing which pock-marked Scottish club football’s week was many times… MANY TIMES less dangerous. For some observers, part of Scottish club football “tradition”...

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Premier League Review: Tottenham Hotspur’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

At the very top end of professional football, there is no such thing as a “bad” player. The days of the chain-smoking, heavy drinking footballer with a paunch and a bookmaker’s pen behind his ear have probably gone (although the latter of these character traits has likely only moved on to mobile phone apps), and when we talk of the attributes of players we probably focus too much on the physical and not enough on the psychological. This, we might well argue, is why Tottenham Hotspur’s apparent Wembley hex is important. Prior to the Premier League’s debut the national...

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