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Football League Review: No Home Comforts

Sometimes, one can only stand back and admire the optimism of those who run England’s football clubs. Last week, Wigan Athletic appointed the former Manchester United reserve manager Warren Joyce as their new man in charge, and gave him a three and a half year contract for his troubles. At the time of writing, twelve of the ninety-two managers of the Premier League and Football League have been in their respective positions for longer than three and a half years. The odds, with the best will in the world, are not in Joyce’s favour, and that’s before we take...

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The FA Cup First Round – Liveblog!

Good afternoon, everybody. It feels like ages since we last did a liveblog on Twohundredpercent, but today feels like as good a day as any to bring that concept back from the dead. It’s Bonfire Night and it’s the First Round of the FA Cup, so over the next couple of days we’re going to be trying our very best to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on. And it can be interactive, if you like. If there’s anything that you’d like to say, any photos you take at a match that may be of interest...

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Plymouth Argyle: James Brent’s “Five Year Plan”

Football club takeover and ownership tales often have common elements such as financial disarray, incompetent and/or egomaniacal former owners…and, all-too-often, Peter bloody Ridsdale. Plymouth Argyle came through all that. And yet… I last covered Plymouth in February 2014. Argyle had emerged from financial disaster, inflicted by a rogues gallery-and-a-half of “personalities,” very much including Ridsdale. However, uncertainty loomed over new owner, local “entrepreneur” and Harry Potter stunt-double James Brent, who “saved” them in October 2011. Questions lingered over the “saved” club’s true finances and Brent’s true motivation…everywhere except the local, Brent-loyal Plymouth Herald newspaper. I re-read that article while...

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Blackpool Supporters Do The Right Thing

The value of FA Cup matches against Football League opposition for non-league football clubs is well documented. Revenue sharing for match tickets and television money is, for clubs that may be otherwise dependent upon modest sponsorship and commercial revenues, gate receipts and other sundry sources of income, a most welcome breath of fresh air through annual accounts that may well otherwise fall somewhere between being stale and being rotten. This creates something of a dilemma for the supporters of clubs at which there is discontent at the behaviour of owners. By a law of unintended consequences, smaller clubs may...

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Premier League Review: Of Mice & Footballers

The last week or so has brought about considerable media excitement at the prospect of a tightest Premier League title race for years. With a solitary point separating the top five clubs, the ultimate hope of the media and broadcasters – that a spread of “big” clubs: none of those upstarts like Leicester City, thank you very much – would be jostling for position like horses approaching the first fence of the Grand National has started to feel as though it might just come true. Four of those five clubs won at the weekend, and three of them scored...

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