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Match of the Century

To many modern football fans, the idea of the beautiful game in the 1950s is less of a reference point and more a combination of myth and legend. Even watching back the scratchy footage of the likes of Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, John Charles, Nat Lofthouse and others seems increasingly alien compared to what we’ve […]

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Highbury Hero

The 1985-86 season saw Arsenal Football Club celebrate their centenary. In terms of the great sides of their long and illustrious past this vintage wasn’t a patch on the great 1971 double side. But what it did have was Anthony Stewart “Tony” Woodcock. Born in the town of Eastwood in the staunchly working class Nottinghamshire […]

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10 Greatest FA Cup Shocks

York City 1 Arsenal 0, 26/01/1985 This fourth round tie had pretty much every FA Cup cliché you could wish for; a snowbound pitch, John Motson in the commentary box and a dramatic late finish as Third Division York City knocked out the mighty Arsenal thanks to a last minute penalty from Keith Houchen. York […]

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World Cup Stats

We all have that one World Cup that we remember most fondly, whether it be the first World Cup you truly remember while growing up or the one tournament that captured your imagination because of the pure football on show we all have that summer of football that we can call our own.  If you […]

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Wembley Archives

The last few weeks have seen League 1 and 2 teams join the remaining non-league sides in the first two rounds of the Football Association Challenge Cup, with clubs hoping that they are starting on their road to Wembley. Exactly one hundred years ago clubs at the same stage would have been starting out on […]

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The Highlight Reel: Gary Lineker at Mexico 86

Gary Lineker. You remember him. Fox in the box. One of the finest strikers this country has ever produced. Scorer of 329 goals for club and country. And what’s even more impressive is that you can’t remember any of them. You see, Lineker was the absolute master of scoring rubbish goals. Bucket loads of them. […]

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Viva Espana

Somewhere in my parents sparse collection of family photos, there’s a snap of me aged 6 in our back garden, in that most traditional of football poses; arms folded, one foot resting assuredly on a ball, sternly but proudly staring at the camera. I’d just been given my first England kit and I wanted this […]

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The Highlight Reel: Gianfranco Zola

When Gianfranco Zola arrived in England he had the hopes of a nation resting on his shoulders. The previous – and only – Italian to play in the Premier League was Nottingham Forest’s unfortunate Andrea Silenzi, a lumbering injury-prone centre forward with a first touch like a harpoon and the acceleration of a slug in […]

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Stateside Spurs

Through my involvement with Arlington Spurs, an official Tottenham supporters club in Northern Virginia, I get to learn the stories of how people came to support Spurs. Some were indoctrinated before they realized they had a choice in the matter by English (or anglophile) relatives, some randomly chose Spurs as their team during late-night games […]

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The Highlight Reel: Francesco Totti

Rome has borne witness to the treacherous knife of Caesar’s beloved Brutus, the vengeful sword of Russell Crowe’s Maximus Decimus Meridius. But few weapons have done more damage than the feet of Francesco Totti. For 25 years – a career spanning some 600 games and 250 goals – L’Ottavo Re di Roma (The Eighth King […]

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