Jimmy Bullard: laughing all the way to the top

Football is a serious business – don’t let anybody fool you into thinking otherwise. Even without touching upon the desperate and very real need for vindication felt by those sat watching nervously from the sport’s precipice, whose own personal happiness continues to hinge almost maniacally on the results of their chosen teams; for those at…

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Would the real Adel Taarabt please stand up

With a proud North African heritage, a quintessentially French footballing education, and a playing style so laid back it can enchant and infuriate in equal measure, it really is no wonder parallels were drawn between Adel Taarabt and Zinedine Zidane when the former burst onto the scene as a young boy in the early 2000s.…

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George Best’s beautiful renaissance at Fulham

When George Best played for Second Division Fulham during a short spell in the mid 1970s, he undoubtedly cut a conflicting figure to the slight, jinking winger English fans had known during his enthralling 13 years at Manchester United. His body was thicker, his skin sun-kissed, both by-products of the comfortable California life afforded by a…

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The day Michael Jackson went to Exeter

DESCRIBED BY REUTERS AS “BEDLAM”, a special train was leaving Paddington Station in London, on June 14th, 2002. The destination was Exeter and the scenes at the station were said to be one of “pure chaos, recalling Beatlemania back in the 60s.” Two hundred fans clamoured on board the train, some paying up to £100 for…

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Fulham: a journey to Europe

When Roy Hodgson took charge as manager of Fulham in December 2007, the outlook for the Cottagers was bleak. The west London side languished in 18th, two points from safety, having only managed two wins in a dismal campaign. The hope that Lawrie Sanchez could revive Fulham much in the same manner as his meritorious attempts…

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Vic Buckingham: the Englishman history forgot

“Fuck Betis” boomed the respectable looking but somewhat eccentric Englishman to his bemused Barcelona players in the Camp Nou dressing room. He then proceeded to take them by further surprise as he aimed a perfectly placed karate kick at the tactics board, rendering it flat on its back. It was Victor Frederick Buckingham, Barcelona coach from December…

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Sir Bobby Robson: football’s finest man

Bobby Robson was what is a known as a true football man. True football men are a rare breed. Their names and faces are etched in the memory of football’s illustrious and chaotic history, and of course, on more than a few cups. The true football men are legends in their own right; they are monumental figures…

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