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It has been generally assumed that for a player to make his mark in Football History, he should have excelled in the Finals of an International Tournament (World Cup, European Championship, etc).
Walter Smith’s 1995 summer capture of England’s star of Italia 90 was seen as an absolute coup de maitre. His arrival at Ibrox captured the imagination of the obsessive Gers fan base and stoked up expectations to white hot level. And despite Gazza’s appalling injury record and a much maligned battle with his erratic weight gain, the ‘Geordie Galactico’ proved to be as successful as the manager who signed him by amassing the biggest trophy haul of his career; two League Championships, one Scottish Cup and one League Cup. Furthermore, he secured a place in the greatest ever Glasgow Rangers team and was also rightfully inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame.
“On the field, first at Newcastle, later with England, Spurs, Lazio and Rangers, he was a surging, exhilarating phenomenon. At his best he slalomed past defenders, sprayed precision passes and shot explosively from unexpected angles and distances. And he did it all with infectious glee.For a whole generation of fans he was simply the most appealing and captivating English football player they had seen. He could be crass but he could also be anarchically funny,
Screenwriter and novelist GF Newman (22nd May 1946) best known for the creation of TV character Judge John Deed (2001-2007) starring the talented and versatile Martin Shaw, a maverick judge who forgoes the usual pomp and circumstance associated with our legal system, in particular the court room, and New Street Law (2006-2007), a drama about two rival law firms of barristers based in Manchester,
There is no doubt that Cathy Gale helped change the perception of women on British television forever. "When I started, men were still of the opinion that women would always be seen as the weaker sex due to their lack of strength. I was the first woman to be seen defending herself and so illustrated that this was no longer the case. Despite being glamorous and witty, Cathy was also Steed's intellectual equal.
With details of the latest in the line of Bond films “Spectre” being recently announced, ZANI takes a look back and remembers the life of one of its most infamous characters.