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Speedo

Gary Andrew Speed was born in Mancot, North Wales on 8th September 1969. The talented sportsman was equally as proficient with a football at his feet as he was with a cricket ball in his hand. His football skills soon started attracting the attention of professional clubs whilst playing for Flintshire Schoolboys and his local […]

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The Class of 66

The inaugural FIFA World Cup was hosted by Uruguay in 1930 but the pioneers of football, England didn’t make an appearance at the finals until 1950 which was held in Brazil. Unfortunately for Walter Winterbottom’s men, they’re first appearance at the World Cup didn’t go as expected and they failed to get out of the […]

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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 8

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 the last instalment with the triumphant return […]

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The Galloping Major

Hungary’s finest ever player and one of the greatest footballers to grace the FIFA World Cup, Ferenc Puskas was the figurehead of the ground breaking ‘Magical Magyars’ team that dominated world football in the early 1950s. Alas, the supreme distinction of being world champion eluded this magnificent forward after Hungary suffered a historic 3-2 loss […]

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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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