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Happy 80th Birthday Sir Bobby Charlton

Some may say the word ‘legend’ is overused and misused in the modern era of football, but if there is one man who deserves the title and most definitely is everything the word signifies and more, then it is Sir Bobby Charlton. Turning 80 years old today, the gentleman, the wonderful footballer he was, the great ambassador for football he …

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Champion’s League Contenders

Two rounds in, the 2017/18 Champion’s league competition is well and truly back. The famous anthem, the special mid-week night games played under the floodlights, the atmosphere and, most significantly, Europe’s best teams battling it out on the pitch and giving football fans a super spectacle. This term sees the usual suspects and the Spanish big guns going for glory …

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Inter’s Ivan Imperative

Inter Milan are one of the teams gunning for Serie A glory this season. It will take something special to stop six-time champion’s Juventus but if one man can be the difference as to whether the San Siro club can finish top in Italy come May, then it is Ivan Perisic. The Croatian winger looked set for a big money …

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The Rise of Rashford

It is always fantastic to see a young player come through the ranks at a top football club and make their first team debut. However, some make the grade, some don’t, others move to lower league clubs, a few might give up the game all together, but amongst the almost-made-it players, there is that special find. One of those exceptional …

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The Perfect 10

Whoever is handed the Juventus number 10 team shirt has high expectations to live up to. It’s a special squad number printed on the back of the famous black and white jersey, some of the most legendary and greatest forwards to play for the Serie A team have worn the iconic shirt that is unique to the club, one every …

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25 Years of the Premier League – Brilliant Bruce

It is 30 years since Steve Bruce signed for Manchester United. The Corbridge born man achieved so much and set numerous records during his great footballing career, but one piece of history that Bruce will remain famous for and can never be rewritten is that he was the first captain to lift the Premier League trophy. As England’s top division …

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Can The Old Lady be Toppled?

The new Serie A season is only two games old yet talk of Juventus winning a seventh straight Italian title is already underway. Fans of Italy’s top league would say normal service was resumed in the first match of The Old Lady’s campaign, a 3-0 home win over Cagliari and it would appear Juventus are going to be unstoppable again. …

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The New Nemanja

The last Nemanja to play for Manchester United will go down as a club legend. The Old Trafford career of Nemanja Vidic was incredible, successful, and he was a fantastic player who was imperative to the team – the new Nemanja at United will be hoping for the same achievements as he embarks on his second football journey under Jose …

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25 Years of the Premier League – The Greatest Matches

It is 25 years since the Premier League was formed and England’s top football tier went into its 26th season last weekend with some great matches. A seven-goal thriller on Friday night at The Emirates stadium saw Arsenal run out 4-3 winners, a last-minute equaliser in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off gave Watford a 3-3 draw against Liverpool – both matches …

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Making It to The Top

Having attended my first ever non-league match on the last day of the Evo-Stik League South season, a 3-2 win for Mangotsfield United against Ditcot, it was an ideal time to reflect on the footballers who started their careers in non-league football and worked their up to play in the football league or, remarkably, having excelled to the point where …

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Viollet turned Red

It is 55 years since Dennis Viollet’s illustrious 13 year stay at Manchester United came to an end. The Red Devils were the team that nurtured Viollet through the youth team and into the first eleven where he became one the greatest footballers of his generation and finest goal scorers to have played for United. In name, he was Viollet, …

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Longevity, Loyal, Legends

In recent weeks football fans have seen two of the greatest Premier League players of all time switch teams after a long and loyal stay at one club. Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United after 13 glorious years at Old Trafford and joined his former, and boyhood team, Everton, while John Terry AKA ‘Mr Chelsea’, spending an incredible 22 years …

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New Names United

Jose Mourinho has signed two of his top transfer targets so far this summer. His ‘wish list’ of players he wanted to sign for United was handed to Ed Woodward at the end of the season and the two men at the top of that list have put their signatures on Old Trafford contracts: Swedish international defender Victor Lindelof for …

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The Fame and Claim to a Nickname

A little pre-season football trivia fun is always good to relieve the tedium of the summer months without our beloved club football. So now is an ideal time to look at quirks and questions you have always wanted to ask about your club but have always been tied up with the importance of the season and results. One thought springs …

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