Bobby Robson

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 Diego Maradona  dribbles past three English defenders during the World Cup quarter-final against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

“Ah, different class.” “Difffff-rent Classssss!” Sometimes the gods are benevolent and the television commentators fuse with what is happening befor(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

 Bobby Robson’s idea of what a club should be does not reflect what clubs like PSG now represent. File photograph: Getty Images

In any case, he asked, what is a club? The question being rhetorical, he started on his answer, but not with what a club is, rather with what a club i(...)

Borussia Dortmund’s  famous yellow wall is one of the great fan experiences. Photograph:  Getty Images

Saturday, May 16th. Borussia Dortmund against Schalke. Football is back. The news the German Bundesliga would be returning to action has come as a sw(...)

Ian Holloway is set to return to management with Grimbsy Town. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty

Ian Holloway is back in football after accepting the manager’s job at League Two Grimsby, the club have announced. The 56-year-old former Bristol Rov(...)

Michael Owen during the Manchester United era in 2009. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Last Friday Michael Owen was in Dublin to promote his second autobiography, Reboot. The book had received an extraordinary amount of publicity the pre(...)

Steve Bruce with new Newcastle signing Joelinton. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

At approximately the same time on Wednesday as Britain’s new prime minister stood in Downing Street outlining a prescription for change, Newcastle Uni(...)

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(...)

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