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Old Firm? Still “No Thanks”

OK. I laughed…and laughed when Celtic’s Mikael Lustig slalomed through Rangers’ traffic-cone defence and plonked a 20-yard effort into the corner of the net at Ibrox the other Saturday. And Celtic’s dominance of the two recent meetings with the post-liquidation Rangers has, not before time, reflected the gulf in class between the clubs, on-field and off. But I am as unenamoured with the “Old Firm” fixture as ever, thanks not only to fans’ behaviour but also Sky Sports’ continuing insanely unprofessional coverage of it. Whatever your views on Rangers’ existing after liquidation, the “Old Firm” itself, an alleged mutual...

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Podcast 94: Relegation From The Football League

Well, it’s a couple of days late, but it’s here at last – the ninety-fourth Twohundredpercent podcast and not, as alluded to with the opening words, the ninety-fifth. This week – and bear in mind that this podcast was recorded on Sunday afternoon – we’re on the peculiar world of relegation from the Football League, touching on the strange practice of re-election, the prospects for Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United, and what happens when a club goes bust completely, as well as touching upon Harry Redknapp and the – yawn – race for fourth place in the Premier League....

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The Twohundredpercent Magazine: September 2016

Good evening everybody. Subscribers to the Twohundredpercent e-magazine will have heard the gentle plop of an attachment hitting their inbox this evening, with the issue of the eighth publication. It’s a few days late again, unfortunately, but not as late as last month’s (!) and this month we feature Brian Clough, a brief history of goalkeeper’s gloves, play-offs, and Kelvin MacKenzie. A mixed bag, indeed. As some of you may already be aware, we’ve started to make the older editions of this magazine available for you to download. This month’s is the second edition, from September of last year....

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Blackpool vs Leyton Orient: The EFL Does It Again

It wouldn’t have taken a genius, this time last year, to have predicted that possibly the most combustible game of the following League Two season would be the match at Bloomfield Road between Blackpool and Leyton Orient. Both clubs are in a state of something approaching civil war between supporters and owners, and even on-the-pitch matters – Orient finished last season only one place below the play-off positions whilst Blackpool go into the final day of the season with an excellent chance of going one step further than the Os could manage last season – have only partially told...

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Leyton Orient: The Final Lies & Indignity

The final home Football League match at Brisbane Road was always going to be an emotional affair. After one hundred and twelve years, the curtain was brought down for Leyton Orient in a manner in which the club’s supporters have become wearyingly familiar over the course of the last nine months or so, with reasonably a comprehensive home defeat against a Colchester United team that still harbours outside hopes of snatching a play-off place come the very end of the season. It seems difficult to believe that the Os were a penalty shoot-out away from Championship football less than...

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