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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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One Party You'll Be Glad You Weren't At ...
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Thirty years ago the Football League celebrated its centenary with a series of bizarre and at times bonkers events, culminating in a mid-season micro-tournament which…
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In 1988, Luton Town Enjoyed Their Best Ever Season
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In the spring of 1988 Luton Town were on course for three Wembley appearances and chasing their first major trophy, while also eyeing up a…
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The Original Super Sunday
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In an era of round the clock broadcasting and blanket football coverage it’s hard to imagine just how momentous the FA Cup semi-finals of 1990…
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On This Day In 1958: Bobby Charlton Begins A Legendary England Career
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
An established member of Manchester United’s all-conquering Busby Babes side Bobby Charlton had narrowly escaped with his life following the tragic air crash at Munich…
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Will Mark Hughes Emulate Dave Bassett?
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Dave “Harry” Bassett became known as something of a relegation firefighter throughout his managerial career, occasionally saving teams from the drop against all the odds…
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Remembering The Hillsborough Tragedy
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
On April 15 1989, a warm, sunny, spring afternoon, Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium should have played host to one of the most eagerly anticipated games of…
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On This Day In 1988: Liverpool's Masterclass Floors Forest
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
On Wednesday April 13, 1988, Liverpool faced Nottingham Forest at Anfield. Two of England’s top sides at the time who were about to meet for…
08:25
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On This Day In 1996: Fergie Sees Red Over United's Grey Kit
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In April 1996 Manchester United were flying high. They had won 11 of their previous 12 games as they chased down Newcastle United at the…
08:40
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A Landmark Season For Clive Allen
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
When it comes to great goal scoring feats you’d be hard-pressed to eclipse Clive Allen’s achievements in the 1986/87 season; a campaign which saw this…
10:42
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Remember These Derby Day Title Deciders?
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Games between the nearest and bitterest of rivals can often produce some of the most fiercely contested matchups of the season, but when there is…
09:59
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Safe Standing Better For The Younger Generation?
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
As more and more young supporters find themselves excluded from football due to astronomical admission prices, not to mention limited ticket availability, there’s a good…
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Remembering Ray Wilkins
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In an era when cultured football was something of a rarity in the British game Ray Wilkins shone out in the wilderness thanks to his…
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Remembering David Rocastle
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Former Arsenal, Leeds, Manchester City and Chelsea midfielder David Rocastle lost his battle against cancer at the age of 33 on March 31, 2001; a…
10:19
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The Best And Worst Debuts
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
As the saying goes you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression and in football this is probably more so than…
08:06
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On This Day We Lost A Footballing Legend
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
On March 24, 2016, football lost one of the most talented and recognisable players in the history of the game as Johan Cruyff, an icon…
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