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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 4

Sid Lambert is a 43-year-old man playing Retro Football Manager on his iPhone. He’s gone back to 1995/96 to take over Newcastle United and put right what once went wrong: beat Manchester United to the title. And he’d love it if he beat them. Love it. It’s been a sluggish start to my new era […]

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The Vulture

Emilio Butragueno is first and foremost a gentleman footballer. Known as El Buitre (The Vulture) he was like a throwback to the golden age of the 50s and 60s when he burst on to the scene at Real Madrid as an elegant and highly skilled centre forward, and watching him felt like witnessing the last […]

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Goals Galore

The first season of English football’s Premier League kicked off on Saturday 15 August 1992, with two amazing games, the first Norwich City beating Arsenal 4-2 away at Highbury, with Mark Robins scoring two goals after trailing two-nil at half-time. Then at Selhurst Park, when Crystal Palace grabbed a last-minute equaliser from Simon Osborn to […]

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When Football Almost Came Home

Southgate’s penalty, Gascoigne’s miss and German ruthlessness – let’s take a look back at the EURO 96 Semi-Final that brought the nation to its knees. After an epic judgement night in this years European Championship’s ‘group of death’ containing giants of the international footballing scene in France, Germany and Portugal, a pair of 2-2 draws […]

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Cruyff and Me: A 40-Year Love Affair

When you’re 12 or 13 years old, you have heroes. You have infatuations. You want to emulate and imitate. In 1972, that might have meant sticking platform shoes on or glitter in your hair. Or pretending to be Dutch. To most people, Holland was a flat country with windmills and people wearing clogs. But in […]

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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 3

Sid Lambert is a 43-year-old man playing Retro Football Manager on his iPhone. He’s gone back to 1995/96 to take over Newcastle United and put right what once went wrong: beat Manchester United to the title. And he’d love it if he beat them. Love it. I’ve barely had time to enjoy a pint of […]

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Albert Stubbins: From Wallsend To Sgt Peppers

In recent seasons where Mane, Firmino and Salah have recaptured the imaginations of the Spion Kop, it’s all too easy to forget about the legends from the distant past. In the case of Reds legend Albert Stubbins though, that should never be the case. A legend at both former clubs – Newcastle United and Liverpool […]

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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 2

Sid Lambert is a 43-year-old man playing Retro Football Manager on his iPhone. He’s gone back to 1995/96 to take over Newcastle United and put right what once went wrong: beat Manchester United to the title. And he’d love it if he beat them. Love it. There’s something about the first day of the season […]

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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey

Sid Lambert is a 43-year-old man playing Retro Football Manager on his iPhone. He’s gone back to 1995/96 to take over Newcastle United and put right what once went wrong: beat Manchester United to the title. And he’d love it if he beat them. Love it. The King is Dead, Long Live the King. After […]

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The Magic of Mexico 86

35 years ago today, on May 31, 1986, at around 11am local time, the eyes of the world were on the stunning Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for the opening ceremony of the 13th FIFA World Cup. The curious mix of semi-naked dancers, piñatas, military officers and a life-sized Pique were gone even before defending […]

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