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Matthew Crist

Matthew Crist has been following football for more than 30 years and writes about the history of the game, along with current issues and the latest major talking points

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When Denis Law Silenced Old Trafford
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
When Denis Law’s late backheel found the net against the club where he had enjoyed so much success on April 27th 1974, the Scot, along…
14:15
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The Orange Ball Was Something To Treasure...
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
It’s supposed to be the season to be jolly but for footballers of a certain vintage there was nothing jovial about running around in the…
11:37
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Get These In Time For Christmas!
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Football fans can be notoriously difficult to buy for at this time of year. The new kit that came out in the summer has already…
13:40
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Socrates Was More Than Just A Footballer...
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Pele once said of Sócrates that he could: "Play backwards better than most can play forwards." While the man himself claimed: "I am not a…
08:00
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25 Years Ago Today - Manchester United Signed Eric Cantona
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Such was the enormity of the transfer it’s now seen by many as football’s very own JFK moment: “Where were you when you heard that…
10:30
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When The Thames Valley Royals Almost Became A Reality
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In the spring of 1983 media mogul and occasional football chairman Robert Maxwell announced a daring plan which, if it had gone ahead, would have…
09:01
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United Out To Bounce Back From Midweek Shock
Matt Law
The Sportsman Reporter
Preview: Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion; Kick-off: November 25, 15:00; Venue: Old Trafford; Referee: Neil Swarbrick Manchester United will attempt to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester…
07:31
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Remembering A Footballing Genius
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
When Calum Best stood outside London’s Cromwell Hospital on November 25, 2005 to announce the sad passing of his father it wasn’t just a deep…
08:20
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10 Years Ago Today - England Blow Their Euro Chances
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In 2007 Steve McClaren’s stock was high. Eight years earlier he had assisted in Manchester United’s historic treble before taking Middlesbrough to a League Cup…
10:18
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If Clemence, Shilton And Southall Were Your Heroes, This Book Should Be On Your Christmas List
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
For anyone who has ever donned the Dayglo or wrapped themselves in Reusch, Glove Story will have you diving in muddy puddles with joy thanks to…
14:30
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Saturday Night Fever - How Long Before The 3pm Kick-off Is Ditched?
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
As Premier League chairmen give the green light to more live televised games from 2019, which could mean the introduction of Saturday night matches, will…
10:55
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Match Postponed Because Of ... Cheese Festival?!
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Frozen pitches, floodlight failure, crowd trouble; all valid and quite common reasons for a game to be called off or have to be rearranged for…
18:35
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Time For Football Fans To Get Real
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Since Alan Curbishley left Charlton Athletic in 2006 it’s fair to say that things haven’t quite gone to plan for the South London outfit. In…
08:41
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Who Doesn't Love Collecting Football Stickers!
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
If you were a child whose eyes lit up when seeing a shiny foil badge in your newly opened packet of stickers or maybe someone…
08:00
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When Mark Hughes Played Two Games In A Day
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In an era when top-flight players struggle to play twice in a week and managers love to bemoan the number of injuries sustained during an…
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