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Robin Friday is a footballer whose name will be relatively unknown with many football fans, he played lower league football starting his football career at the long gone Walthamstow Avenue, making his debut in 1971 before moving on to Hayes.  After gaining a glowing reputation in non-league football he moved to Reading in 1973 playing 121 games and scoring 46 goals. Then finally he moved on to Cardiff making only 21 appearances and scoring 6 goals. Friday hardly offered a high return on his £30,000 transfer fee considering his appearances were made over one year.
I remember being in St Kentigerns Irish Social Club in Fallowfield, Manchester in 1982. I was 16 years old, and just about to taste my first pint of ale (under age of course) but that was the way back then. It was a fairly busy night, as they all were back in the 80s – nobody had much money, though everyone had 48p for a pint. How times and prices have changed.
So the World Cup is about to start and Diego Maradona is once again back in the spotlight. His Argentina side are brimming with world class players most notably in the striker department with FIFA footballer of the year Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Higuain, not forgetting Liverpool's Mascherano but even that's not enough for some of the Argentina nation who are dismissive of their chances at this year's extravaganza.

liam gallagher man city fa cup paul gallagher zani 1.

As the sun peeped through my blinds last Saturday morning, I had a spring in my step at the thought of my football club, Manchester City, going back to Wembley for the second time in a month to contest the FA Cup final and to hopefully win the cup for the first time in 42 years.
/neil lennon paul gallagher zani 1.

First things first. I am a Celtic fan and proud of it but I’m not stupid enough to write about this with a one-sided point of view. What is happening to Neil Lennon, Paddy McCourt, Nial McGinn and various members of the Celtic community by a few low educated scumbags is totally wrong. Who in their right mind sends bullets, death threats and NAIL bombs in the post to a football manager or football players
the compact book of the world cup chris hunt matteo sedazzari zani 1.


With every major sporting occasion comes a splendid history and a catalogue of useful statistics so with the World Cup in full swing, (regardless of your team’s performance, good or bad), it is useful to know about your opponents and previous World Cup's victories and defeats.
harry carpenter paul gallagher zani 1

The first time I actually took notice of who was Harry Carpenter was in the late 70s, early 80s on Sportsnight, the Wednesday sports programme on BBC1.
/cruyff fascism  argentina 78  dean cavanagh svengali

Dean Cavanagh on the story of how Johan Cruyff boycotted the world cup finals of 78 and highlighted the plight of thousands of young men and women who were tortured and murdered under a fascist dictatorship.
 
paul scholes manchester man utd ian park zani 1.

When I was about fifteen I saw an interview with then United youth team coach, Eric Harrison. The United youth team were in fine form and playing some brilliant football, that year the team would go on and lift the FA youth cup. During the interview he was asked what he thought made the team so special.
the juventus catastrophe - how a modernization attempt backfired shahan petrossian zani 1

By 1990, the once all-conquering Juventus had not won a league title in four years and were at best the fourth team in the nation. They were lagging behind Diego Maradona’s Napoli and the Dutch and German inspired Milanese clubs of AC Milan and Internazionale. The era of Platini, Tardelli, Zoff, Bettega and Furino had given way to a team whose only reliable players were Captain and goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi and defender/midfielder Luigi De Agostini, the only player with any significant presence in the national team.

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