Ah, the 90s - baggy strips, Mitre Ultimax and the last known instance of the national team not being a total riddy. And also, as it happens, a painfully difficult decade from which to pick a definitive Premiership XI. Yes, Rangers dominated the domestic landscape but there were an abundance of fine footballers operating on either side of the Glasgow divide and beyond. Walter Smith may have delivered title after title to Ibrox, but no fewer than seven different teams won the Scottish Cup. Perhaps the last era to attract genuine world-class talent to these shores, the 90s was a true golden age for Scottish football. Here, Record Sport Online selects our team of the decade. And, before you start arriving at our offices with pitchforks, remember some of your choices may have been selected in our 1980s or 2000s line-ups... Andy Goram The only choice between the sticks for Rangers' decade of dominance. And yet it wasn't all plain sailing at first for "The Goalie". One of Smith's first … [Read more...] about The Scottish Premiership’s greatest XI of the 1990s
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He wasn’t the first black player to play for Bristol City, but he was the first black Bristolian to. And, as Steve Stacey reflected on the remarkable life and career of a reluctant pioneer, he had a confession to make - he was a massive Bristol Rovers fan. The Bristol lad, who grew up kicking a football on Horfield Common and ended up playing at Ashton Gate and against Shankly’s Liverpool, is back in Bristol launching his fascinating autobiography. Now 75 and living in Australia, Steve Stacey is in the city for a couple of months - and embarking on something of a tour taking in everywhere from schools and museums to history clubs and his former football clubs, to tell his story at last. And it’s a remarkable story: Of being the only black kid in school and in the changing room and on the pitch; Of the emotional turmoil of thinking his long lost father had died in a world-famous photograph; Of injury wrecking a promising career and of finding a new future on the other … [Read more...] about The remarkable story of the first black Bristolian footballer
The new Championship season has begun and there has already been some shock results on the opening weekend. And we've already seen some young players who could play a big role for their teams over the next nine months. As part of our weekly Big Championship Debate Reach football writers all of our clubs have given their verdicts on the best youngster to watch out for from their teams this season. These are the players who they have tipped to take the league by storm this coming campaign. Jarrod Bowen – Hull City By Jonty Coleman When you think of young players who have excelled during the past couple of Championship campaigns, one player who instantly springs to mind is Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. In the past two seasons, the 22-year-old has netted 36 league goals in England’s second-tier and it is no surprise to see him being linked with a number of Premier League heavyweights including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City this summer. With no formal offer … [Read more...] about The young players tipped to take the Championship by storm
Excitement is building ahead of the Championship season 2019/20 which is now just weeks away, with Nottingham Forest preparing for a home game with West Brom under new boss Sabri Lamouchi. Players are preparing for the new campaign with pre-season well underway and already in the friendly matches, we've seen some young players who could play a big role for their teams. As part of our weekly Big Championship Debate Reach football writers have now given their verdicts on the best youngsters to watch out for this season. These are the players who could be set to take the league by storm - let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Jonty Colman – Hull City When you think of young players who have excelled during the past couple of Championship campaigns, one player who instantly springs to mind is Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. In the past two seasons, the 22-year-old has netted 36 league goals in England’s second-tier and it is no surprise to see him being … [Read more...] about Will these players take the 2019/20 season by storm?
Thirty years ago tomorrow, Arsenal headed to Anfield needing to win by two goals to dethrone England’s champions and lift a league title for the first time in 18 years.The tragedy of Hillsborough had set up an unprecedented Friday night climax to the season but the visitors were long-shots to stop Liverpool claiming the double. Arsenal manager George Graham planned the raid into enemy territory to the last detail, but it all landed at the feet of Michael Thomas, with immortality up for grabs. On the Friday afternoon of May 26, 1989 David O’Leary came down the stairs of the Atlantic Tower Hotel in Liverpool to meet his dad, Christy, and some friends in the foyer. Two-and-a-half hours earlier he had retired to his room, with Alan Smith in the next bed, waiting for the slow drift of time.Matchday kips are an odd thing. Though theoretically beneficial, elite players are rarely known for sinking into a deep, patterned sleep in an allotted timeframe. Especially with one of the … [Read more...] about Thirty years on: Is this the greatest story ever told?