Bobby Robson

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England manager Bobby Robson with Paul Gascoigne and other members of the squad leaving Luton to fly to Italy for the World Cup in 1990. Photograph: Michael Stephens/PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher praised England’s 1990 World Cup football squad for not diving like other teams, whose players she likened to acting out “the death (...)

Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

England fans watch Sweden vs England wearing masks of England manager Gareth Southgate. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes/File Photo

“I want to be back home as I hear they are having street parties.” Bobby Robson, July 1st, 1990: Cameroon 2, England 3 So far, there is only one play(...)

  Fans celebrate after England scored their second goal in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden at  Croydon Boxpark  in London. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

With the population having already had the effects of prolonged good weather to contend with, anxiety levels in Ireland were further raised over the w(...)

Euro 88: I was damned if I was going to witness the event chasing other supporters for quotes and racing to meet deadlines. I would be going as a fan, a paid-up member of Jack’s Green Army. Photograph: INM/Getty

In the spring of 1988 I was a 24-year-old reporter at the Irish Press when my editor offered me a dream assignment: would I be the paper’s colour writ(...)

Ray Wilkins is shown on the big screen at Stamford Bridge ahead of Chelsea’s game against Tottenham last weekend. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

In the eyes of all who watched him captaining Chelsea at the age of 18, Ray Wilkins was a golden boy of English football. To an instinctive vision of (...)

 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has never won in the Premier League at St James’ Park. Photograph: Reuters

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is this weekend finally hoping to get that winning feeling at Newcastle. For a man that has enjoyed plenty of(...)

Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)

Barcelona’s head coach Luis Enrique could still lead the team to a league and Cup double this season. Photograph: PA

At the press conference before Barcelona’s match with Sporting Gijón on Wednesday Luis Enrique was asked if he felt tired, worn out by the demands of (...)

Paul McGrath in action for Aston Villa with Andy Cole of Newcastle in 1994. Graham Taylor, who has died aged 72, brought McGrath to the club. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

During a book signing in the summer of 2007 a stranger passed Graham Taylor a handwritten note relating to its author’s wedding, scheduled for the fol(...)

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