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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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Chesterfield, so far 

In English football, the divide between those who have it all and those who have very little can feel almost absurdly great. This week, the Premier League has confirmed a new television deal in China that is worth £564m. It can be difficult, in a sense, to believe that such a contract can even inhabit the same universe as Chesterfield FC, where the chairman of the club, Dave Allen, resigned his position on dramatic circumstances on Monday, leaving it facing a possible cash flow crisis that could have serious ramifications for its future solvency. Yet only two divisions separate...

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Kingstonian: A Day In The Death Of A Football Club? 

Sometimes you have to admit that your fans aren’t that terrific. Until this week, my only criticisms of a Kingstonian fan-base with many terrific individuals was their fouler-than-average language during matches, their inability to out-sing a mime artist with laryngitis and an occasional tendency to dissolve into whining self-pity. The first issue matters, the second doesn’t. But this week, the third dominated proceedings to the extent that it shook my faith in my club’s future. That future is fraught. Ryman League Ks have been sub-tenants at Kingston Council-owned Kingsmeadow Stadium since entering administration in October 2001 (five years after...

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England & Scotland Fight Over A Comb

At Wembley on Friday night, it was difficult to escape the feeling that we were all witnessing the act of two bald men fighting over a comb. England versus Scotland is the oldest international football match that there is, a cross-border rivalry that stretches back to the age of Queen Victoria and the very beginning of the white hot crucible that professional football would become over the following two decades. The Home Internationals tournament kept it alive as an annual international varsity match until the 1980s, and it even limped along after that tournament’s abolition in 1984, finally coming...

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Southend United: Fossetts Farm & Other F Words

“So, how’s Fossetts Farm coming along?” I asked my fellow Non-League Paper freelancer last season, when he outed himself as a Southend United fan. I expected to hear that their move from their old Roots Hall ground to the Farm was somehow progressing. I got one of those noises spelt with a combination of “Ps”, “Fs” and “Ts” or by putting “snort” in brackets. “Fossetts Farm” isn’t “coming along.” Even its discrete Wikipedia entry hasn’t been “modified” since June 2015, with no factual references beyond 2008 and a darkly-comic reference to a “final stadium plan” in 2007. Plenty has...

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