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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 7

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. We ended our last instalment with a performance at […]

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Fabrique Belgique

Football can be a deplorable beast. An errant refereeing decision, egregious defending or a sickeningly undeserved away-goal winner plundered by opposition who’ve scarcely threatened a shot on target over the entire two legs, can put an instant cock-blocker on a seemingly fertile season. Any long-sufferer of the heady irrelevance that is our ‘beautiful game’ will […]

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Greavsie. It’s a funny old game.

Beginnings at the Bridge Jimmy Greaves was born in Essex on the 20th February 1940 and the talented striker didn’t take too long to kick start his record breaking habit of scoring goals. Aged 15, Jimmy was snapped up by Chelsea and he was quick to make his mark in the youth ranks scoring a […]

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A Hitchhikers Guide to Away Days

New Year’s Day, 1980, my beloved Newcastle United take on Sunderland. No hangover for me as I’d just turned fourteen a few days before the big night. There was no public transport on, so me and my mate decided to walk to the Toon for the match. We didn’t have much choice really, as anyone […]

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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 6

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 last update saw us nestling comfortably in second […]

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West Ham United’s Greatest Goals

Frank Lampard vs Everton – FA Cup Semi Final 1980 Let me talk to you about the 1980 FA Cup semi-final replay against Everton. On the previous Saturday, the teams had fought a well-contested draw at Villa Park. Both goalkeepers had a fine game and played a significant part in keeping their team in the […]

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Reminiscent Rams

I wasn’t born when the Derby County team assembled by Brian Clough stormed out of the second division and rose onto become the champions of England.  But my dad was and I’m surprised that he refrained from naming me Colin, Roy or Kevin, after one of his heroes. Brian Clough and Peter Taylor may have […]

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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 5

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. We’re six games into the season and it’s fair […]

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Goals Galore 2

The English football league season of 2004/05 saw the re-naming of the three divisions below the country’s Premier League division, with the Championship, League One, and League Two – as they became to be known – kicking off under the new system. Just like the Premier League there have been an abundance of high-scoring games […]

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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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