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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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On This Day In 1971: Manchester United Staged A Home Game At Anfield
When Manchester United Did The Unthinkable And Played At Home Game In Liverpool
On August 20, 1971 thousands of Manchester United fans poured off the train at Lime Street station before making the familiar walk up Scotland Road…
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Can Wolves Or Fulham Replicate These Title Winning Teams?
Up, Up and Away! 5 Teams Who Won The League After Being Promoted
What price Wolves to win the Premier League? How about Cardiff or Fulham? As unthinkable as it may seem a number of sides down the…
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The Impulse World Cup Signings That Went Wrong
Kleberson To Manchester United And The Other Post-World Cup Flop Signings
It wouldn’t be a World Cup year if at least a couple of clubs didn’t get as carried away as the rest of us and…
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We Pay Tribute To The Incredible Paul Madeley
Mr Versatile: Leeds United Legend Paul Madeley Dies, Aged 73
The football world is mourning the death of former Leeds United legend Paul Madeley who has died at the age of 73 after a long…
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On This Day In 1871: The FA Cup Is Born In The Sportsman's Offices
The FA Cup Is Born In The Offices Of The Sportsman Newspaper On This Day In 1871
On July 20, 1871 at the offices of The Sportsman newspaper in London The FA Cup was created and the greatest knockout competition the game has…
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A Sad Farewell To Two Broadcasting Greats
John Motson And Barry Davies Bow Out After More Than 40 Years At The Top Of Their Game
2018 will see two of the greatest broadcasters in sport hang up the microphone for the last time bringing an end to over four decades…
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On This Day In 1990: England's World Cup Penalty Heartache
England Pay The Penalty: The World Cup Defeat That Still Haunts A Nation On This Day In 1990
England came within a kick of reaching the World Cup final for the first time ever on foreign soil during the summer of 1990 only…
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On This Day In 1974: Bill Shankly Quits Liverpool
€œYou€™re Having Me On!€ How Bill Shankly€™s Resignation Shook Liverpool On This Day In 1974
In an age of 24-hour rolling news channels and incessant social media activity it’s hard to imagine the impact of Bill Shankly’s unexpected retirement on…
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OTD: Paul Gascoigne Heads North
On This Day In 1995, Gazza Signed For Rangers
He may only have been a Rangers player for three years but in that time Paul Gascoigne created enough memories and won more trophies than…
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Brazil Look To Join An Elite Club
Can Brazil Become Only The Fourth Team To Lift The World Cup Having Not Won Their Opening Game?
It might be small consolation for Germany but failing to win the first game of a World Cup doesn’t always mean instant elimination, in fact,…
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On This Day In 1990: Maradona Divides Loyalties Again
Home Away From Home: How Maradona Divided A City And A Nation At Italy €˜90
When three-time world champions and hosts of the 1990 World Cup, Italy, faced an Argentina team looking to retain the trophy they won at Mexico…
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When Sol Campbell Crossed The Great Divide
Sol Campbell Leaves Tottenham Hotspur For Arsenal On This Day In 2001
Losing one of your best players is bad enough for any football fan, but seeing him join your biggest and most hated rivals is almost…
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On This Day In 1994: A Crime That Rocked Football
Andr©s Escobar And The Shot Which Was Heard Around The World
When Andrés Escobar scored an own goal in Columbia’s 2-1 defeat to the USA at the 1994 World Cup it wouldn’t just ensure elimination from…
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How The Panelists Changed The Way We Watched Football On TV
Panel Beaters: 20 Years Which Would Change The Way We Watched The World Cup On TV
Following the introduction of the World Cup panel in 1970 armchair viewers would enjoy something of a ratings tussle over the next two decades as…
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How Could You Forget These Mascots?
The 5 Most Memorable World Cup Mascots Ever
None of us really knows what they are for or what purpose they serve but as the face of football has changed almost beyond recognition…
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