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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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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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