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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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England Centurions

The first ever international match recognised by FIFA wasn’t a classic, ending in a goalless draw between England and Scotland. The game occurred in 1872 and pitted the Auld enemy against each in Glasgow. Since that date, 149 years of international matches have passed and the Three Lions have gone onto reach 15 World Cup […]

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The Magic of the Cup

When I was approached by The Hex Blog to write about the top five FA Cup Finals I was unsure which games to pick. My top five will be different to yours, some finals had so much going on I could write an entire blog about them, others were pretty forgetful to the neutral observer, […]

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Classic Football Boots

Some of us are simply from a different era. “Stop changing our game!” we yell, as fleeting VAR / Super League abominations come and (hopefully) go. We’re one with a beautiful game that as wide-eyed youths, we fell completely and utterly in love with. So much so, we’re still lacing up our boots on a […]

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A game within a game

Football fans worldwide will be celebrating 2022 – to mark the 30th Anniversary of the series once known as Championship Manager, now Football Manager, a game, within a game. A game that’s story begins with two brothers: Paul and Oliver ‘Ov’ Collyer, deciding to try and make their own game of football management. “Checking out […]

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Football, War and The Military

I have always been fascinated by the relationship that football has with the military and the part it has and continues to play during times of conflict. This led me to be a co-founder of the Football and War Network, that is a diverse group of historians and fellow travellers from many different backgrounds and […]

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Alive and sticking

There’s plenty of life in the Panini brand as it celebrates its 60th birthday in 2021. Politics and religion may top the list as the most divisive topics in conversion but football will always rank highly. Few aspects of the beautiful game find a way to unite supporters – no matter what team you follow […]

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Italia 1990 Revisited

Scorched Earth Thatcher’s dark shadow was cast over England in the Eighties. A bleak and desolate country. The Specials serenaded the decade with the haunting anthem, ‘Ghost Town’, to a backdrop of inner-city decay and industrial decline. The working class were conflicted between the sceptre of mass unemployment and the gratification of council house ownership. […]

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