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Football League Review: It Never Rains… 

There comes a point in the season for some supporters when one can take their foot off the pedal, a little. Indulge ourselves in a little generosity of spirit. For Newcastle United supporters, at just about any other time, Saturday afternoon’s home defeat by Blackburn Rovers was that day. Newcastle had an afternoon during which a much-rotated team couldn’t quite find the rhythm that has swept it to the top of the Football League Championship so far this season. Blackburn Rovers, who might previously have measured their time outside the division’s relegation places so far this season in minutes...

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Resolution 12: Proving Their Resolve

“Resolution 12” was a simple query about granting one licence to one club in 2011, when they did not apparently qualify for that licence. It has dragged on because that simple query remains unanswered. Resolution 12 to Celtic plc’s November 2013 AGM asked Celtic’s board to: refer to the Uefa Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the licensing administration practices of the SFA, requesting the CFCB undertake a review and investigate the SFA’s implementation of UEFA & SFA license compliance requirements, with regard to qualification, administration and granting of licenses to compete in football competitions under both SFA and UEFA...

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Football’s Abuse Culture: A Pandora’s Box, Waiting To Open

When the story regarding the abuse of young footballers that has been covering the press like an oppressive, repulsive smell this week first made its way onto the back pages of our newspapers this week, the word “Crewe” became almost immediately stuck in my head. Like most of us, I was previously only vaguely aware of the case of the coach, scout and serial paedophile Barry Bennell. I was considerably more aware of the production line that Crewe Alexandra was for so many years. The club was one of English football’s more understated success stories, punching considerably above its...

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Premier League Review: Three, plus one, plus one

For all the blustering talk in the media, professional football remains a game of fine margins. The Premier League has new leaders this weekend after those at the top of the table played out a series of matches which demonstrated why calling the identity of this season’s champions before Christmas feels like something of a fool’s errand. Chelsea now lead the way following a one-nil win at Middlesbrough with a performance that seldom sparkled but a result that never seemed in doubt. Antonio Conte spent much of his post-match interrogations seeking to undermine the understandable conclusion that six consecutive...

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Podcast 77: Back In Saddle Again

Good evening, podcast fans. For reasons beyond our control we’ve been out of action for the last four weeks, but we’re back this evening, with a bit of a catch-up over the last four weeks, taking in England vs Scotland, the forthcoming awards season, and Donald Trump. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here. We now also have a Facebook page for the podcast, which you can “like” by going here. And you can support us through subscribing...

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