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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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Match

Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 3

Back in 1996, Kevin Keegan’s title chasing Newcastle United dubbed ‘The Entertainers’ travelled the Maine Road to face a relegation threatened Manchester City side. Most gamblers would have had this down as a banker away win for the Magpies but Alan Ball’s Sky Blues put in a performance that defied their low league position. This […]

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Player Q&A

90 seconds with Richard ‘Shoza’ Shaw

After coming through the youth team system at Crystal Palace it wasn’t long before this young Eagle was making his league debut against Reading aged just 19. The defender soon established himself as a first team regular in the late 80’s before going on to make 207 appearances for the Eagles. During his time at […]

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Quiz

Quiz: Top players from the 90’s

Did you grow up watching Gazzetta Football Italia, Saint & Grievsie and Football Fantasy League with Skinner and Baddiel? If so, then this is the quiz for you. You’ve got 12 minutes to match up 100 footballers from the 1990’s based on the team they played for and the nationality they represented. Test your 90’s […]

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Match

Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 3

Back in 1994, former Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle managed his Chelsea side to victory over his former club in dramatic fashion at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham Hotspur took an early 2-0 lead after just 18 minutes courtesy of goals from Steve Sedgley and Jason Dozzell but the Blues fought back with goals from Mal Donaghy, Mark […]

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Match

Newcastle United 5 Manchester United 0

25 years ago today Sir Alex Ferguson’s red devils landed in hell when they met Kevin Keegan’s entertainers at St James Park. Top of the table Newcastle United we’re simply too hot to handle that day for the reds and the Toon won the battle 5-0 to go eight points clear of United. They eventually […]

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Footballing Icons: Jurgen KLINSMANN

In Germany, his nickname was ‘flipper’ which is translated in deutsch is pinball machine due to his quick feet and boundless energy on the pitch. When he arrived in England, the tabloid newspapers labelled him ‘Der Dive Bomber’ for his reputation for being theatrical under a challenge but it wasn’t long before he won over […]

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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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Retro Football Manager: The Newcastle Odyssey Part 3

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. I’ve barely had time to enjoy a pint of […]

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