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Names of the Nineties: Neil Ruddock

At his peak, Neil Ruddock represented much of what was beloved in an English defender: commanding in defence and calmness and confident on the ball

Names of the Nineties: Matthew Le Tissier

Le Tissier was an enigma, an instinctive talent who could defy the norm, and he will go down as one of the finest of the first decade of the Premier League

Matthew Le Tissier: the last golden boy of a golden era

One look at the psychedelic maelstrom of noise and colour was enough to convince me to turn back at once. As our train pulled into Zürich Hauptbahnhof, the sight of thousands of techno-house enthusiasts crowding…

Bradley Wright-Phillips and the making of an MLS legend

As the ball squirmed under the arms of DC United goalkeeper David Ousted, the travelling New York Red Bulls fans knew they were witnessing a moment of history. Bradley Wright-Phillips, the one…

How China is sneaking its way into English football

CARLOS TEVEZ, CLAD IN A DEEP BLUE KIT, stepped out onto the pitch and soaked in the adulation of thousands of impassioned fans. It’s a scenario that the Argentine has encountered hundreds…

Why Adam Lallana deserves your attention

Adam Lallana is one of those players who has always been there. There, hanging in the space between irrelevant and popular. A decent, gifted squad player who can be relied on, but…

How Marian Pahars became a cult hero at Southampton

The Baltic nation of Latvia is generally known for three things: being part of the Soviet Union, potato jokes and, more recently, NBA phenom Kristaps Porzingis. It is not a footballing nation by…

The story of Southampton’s dramatic fall and rebirth

ON 28 APRIL 2012, Southampton completed their rapid leap to the top tier of English football after slaughtering Coventry at St Mary’s stadium. Whenever there has been a piece regarding this extraordinary journey…

The Southampton FC Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way Invading the pristine St Mary’s pitch in their thousands, Southampton fans swarmed with a feverish energy towards the visiting Burnley faithful. Smoke grenades, plastic bottles…