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Classic Encounters: Scotland 3 Holland 2 World Cup 1978

At the World Cup in Argentina 1978, Scotland’s team was brimming with talent with the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Archie Gemmill and Joe Jordan in the squad making them fifth favourites with the bookies to lift the Jules Rimet trophy just behind hosts Argentina, Brazil, West Germany and Holland. However, it seemed that […]

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Breaking the hex at Ibrox

Why Steven Gerrard is breaking the hex at Ibrox It’s taken him a while to get going but having romped to the Scottish Premiership in style this season, overseen some memorable performances in Europe and with a domestic double still very much in his sights, Steven Gerrard is bucking the trend of so many England […]

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Chelsea in the 90’s

1990-91 My first live game watching my beloved Chelsea was on the opening day of the 1990/91 season against Derby County at Stamford Bridge. On that day, I got to see Chelsea’s first million pound players make their debuts in Dennis Wise and Andy Townsend who had arrived from Wimbledon and Norwich City respectively. The […]

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Greatest LFC Premier League XI

Born in 1989 in Liverpool and grew up in Croxteth just down the road from a certain Wayne Rooney, I’ve been privileged to see a lot of good players come through the Liverpool ranks during that time. Here is my greatest LFC team from the Premier League era. Formation: 4-2-1-3 Goalkeeper is Alisson Becker. Since […]

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Where Expectations Started…

Where Expectations Started… My favourite Liverpool game, where do you start, so many memories. Winning Number 5 with the Miracle of Istanbul, the European comebacks vs Olympiakos or Dortmund, the still mind blowing 4-0 win vs Barcelona. My initial thought was the 2006 FA Cup final which I was lucky to get a ticket for, […]

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Irish Gems from the Emerald Isle

You can’t tell the story of Irish football without the story of Irish footballers in England. For as long as the professional game has existed Irish players have made the short trip across the Irish Sea to earn a living. A combination of Brexit and a better-funded domestic league may see a gradual decrease in […]

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Leeds by Example – Peter Lorimer

“The greatest player in the world” That was the view that then-Scotland manager Tommy Docherty had of Hotshot. Eddie Gray’s view is that you wouldn’t get a Lorimer in today’s market for £50-60m. It was while playing for Scottish Schoolboys against England at Hampden that Gray first saw just how good a player Lorimer was, […]

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The 1994 League Cup Final: A boy’s memories of Wembley

I had already been up for a couple of hours, pacing around the house in my Aston Villa shirt, waiting for my dad to come home from work. He’d been working all night on the railway and our taxi to take us to the train station was booked for 10am. Just before I started to […]

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Iconic Ireland

For a nation of just 5 million people we have had quite an interesting and notable impact on the world of football. We may not have qualified for as many tournaments as we might have liked (just 6 major tournaments) and here’s hoping Stephen Kenny and his team add to the half dozen, but we […]

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Rams Return

Derby County had looked promotion in the eyes 2 seasons earlier, but unfortunately Roy McFarland’s Rams were beaten by close rivals Leicester City in the playoff final despite striker Tommy Johnson giving the Rams an early lead. The following season The Rams could only manage a 9th place finish and McFarland’s contract was not renewed […]

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