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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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TV Turn Off: When Broadcasters Turned Their Backs on English Football
In an era of wall-to-wall television coverage it’s hard to imagine there was a time when broadcasters turned their back on football in England; but…
When Diego Maradona Almost Signed For Sheffield United
In 1987 Maradona took Napoli to their first ever Serie A title just a year after he’d almost single-handedly won the World Cup in Mexico…
On This Day In 1982: Bryan Robson Scores After Just 27 Seconds Against France In The World Cup
The early 1980s was a pretty forgettable period for the England national team, except, that is, for an electrifying start to the World Cup in…
When Diego Maradona Almost Signed For Sheffield United
In 1987 Maradona took Napoli to their first ever Serie A title just a year after he’d almost single-handedly won the World Cup in Mexico…
How John Barnes Became A Liverpool Legend
In the summer of 1987 John Barnes signed for Liverpool from Watford for £900,000 and would go on to become a true great of his…
Football  / On This Day: The Battle Of Santiago
Disgusting and Disgraceful: The Battle of Santiago At World Cup 1962
In the words of former BBC commentator David Coleman the clash between Chile and Italy at the 1962 World Cup was; “the most stupid, appalling,…
Football  / The Glory Days Of English Clubs In Europe
Six Of The Best: When English Clubs Dominated The European Cup
For six glorious seasons English clubs were quite simply the kings of European football with no fewer than six European Cup wins in a row…
No Regrets: When Alex Ferguson Was Sacked By St Mirren On This Day In 1978
On May 31, 1978, St Mirren sacked their manager, Alex Ferguson, with an industrial tribunal ruling he had: "neither by experience nor talent, any managerial…
Destiny Calling: Manchester United Won the European Cup At Wembley On This Day In 1968
Fifty years ago a team which had risen from the ashes of a German runway lifted European football’s greatest prize just a decade after one of…
Snatch of the Day: How ITV Brought Us The Greatest Title Race In History
The climax to the 1988/89 First Division season was the most exciting in history with the title race quite literally going down to the very…
Football  / Was This The Greatest Ever Playoff Final?
How Charlton Athletic Overcame Sunderland In One Of The Greatest Playoff Finals Ever
Sunderland and Charlton are no strangers to the playoffs with both having tasted agony and ecstasy in the three decades or so since their existence;…
Football  / On This Day: The Miracle Of Istanbul
The Impossible Dream: Liverpool And The Miracle Of Istanbul On This Day In 2005
After 45 minutes of the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, Liverpool fans both at the Ataturk Stadium and those watching around the world, must…
Football  / Brief History Of The Play-Offs
Anguish and Ecstasy: A Brief History Of The Football League Play-Offs
In 1987 the Football League play-offs were introduced as something of a temporary measure while the English football pyramid underwent a period of reconstruction, but…
Double Jeopardy: How Charlton Won The First Ever Division One Playoffs In 1987
Charlton Athletic made history in May of 1987 when they became the first club in English football to win the newly-conceived Division One playoffs as…
Football  / Happy Birthday King Eric
5 Reasons Manchester United Fans Will Always Love Eric Cantona
On November 26, 1992, Eric Cantona crossed the Pennines from Elland Road to Old Trafford in one of the most audacious and talked about signings…
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