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Anfield born and raised and a Red through and through, though I'm an advocate of supporting your local team, wherever you may find yourself living. Hence I have also followed Hamilton Academical and FC Granada in my time. I pray to the gods I never have to live in Birmingham. Author of 'Ghost on the Wall', the authorised biography of Roy Evans and founder of the website shankly.com.

Taking the Mkhitaryan

I’m quite sure Antonín Panenka had no inkling of the far-reaching legacy he was about to gift the world of football as he lined up to take his crucial spot-kick for Czechoslovakia in the European Championship final of 1976. Read More »

It’s time to give ref baiters the red card

There’s a familiar lament in the air, typical for the time of year, though it’s got nothing to do with festive over-indulgence. Every season, and particularly around the turn of the year, there’s a cacophony of complaint about the standard of refereeing in the Premier League. Read More »

Play it again, Sam

Sportsmen and women often feature liberally in the New Year’s honours list, but one name was conspicuously missing from this year’s roll of honour; Sam Allardyce. Yet he’s back in our newspapers just the same. Read More »

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