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Keane reveals the real reason behind him leaving United

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Roy Keane left Manchester United in November 2005 after airing his frustrations over our performance in the 4-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough. Keane didn't bite his tongue when going through the players and highlighting their mistakes. He criticised Edwin Van der Sar for letting in Gaizka Mendieta's attempt, claiming it was "saveable".

Former Leeds United hero explains his decision to join Manchester United

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In a recent interview, former Leeds United hero, Alan Smith, has opened up on what led to his departure from the Yorkshire club to their fierce rivals, Manchester United.

Smith came through the youth ranks at Leeds, and represented the senior side for six years. During that period, he scored 56 goals in 228 games in all competitions.

Smith was unconscious when Liverpool fans attacked his ambulance

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When Manchester United played Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup in 2006, Alan Smith broke his leg in the final minute when blocking a shot from John Arne Riise. He was given oxygen on the pitch and stretchered off.

As the ambulance left the ground, taking Smith to hospital, it was ambushed by a group of Liverpool supporters.

Smith: How could I turn down Manchester United?

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When Alan Smith was a Leeds United player, he was asked if there was a club he would never play for. His response was: "yeh, Man United."

Smith signed for United in the summer of 2004, after Leeds were relegated, and spent three seasons at the club. Looking back at the decision, he says he couldn't turn down the chance of playing at Manchester United for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ex-Man Utd man Alan Smith says Liverpool fans didn’t attack his ambulance

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Former Manchester United player Alan Smith has denied that Liverpool fans attacked his ambulance and disrupted his journey to hospital after he...

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Roy Keane Reveals Reasons Behind His Manchester United Departure

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has shed new light on the reasons behind his Old Trafford exit in 2005.

Rumors have circulated for years that Keane's departure from the club stemmed from a MUTV interview where the United midfielderinfamously blasted teammates Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, John O'Shea, Darren Fletcher, Kieran Richardson and Alan Smith.

Norwegian Rapper Produces Superb Ode To Gary Speed And Leeds United (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Usually football songs on the old internet are a bit ropey at best, but this is an utterly superb, polished and professional effort.

Lars Vaular is a rapper from Norway who has a bit of success in his home country. A serious Leeds fan, the 28-year-old has produced this excellent ode to Gary Speed which also dissects some of the club's highs and lows from the last 20 years, including the arrival of centre-half Lucas Radebe, the financial meltdown and the infamous Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate race attack trial.

Interview with former Man United star Alan Smith

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During his playing time at Manchester United, Alan Smith earned a reputation as a hard-tackling player and was noted for his high work rate. Currently, he is playing for MK Dons but harbours ambitions to further his coaching career. Here's one of his recent interviews in which he talks of life at MK Dons and explains how he wants to help youngsters through his coaching role.

Alan Smith Suffering From Memory Loss?

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During Manchester United's 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Liverpool in 2006, Alan Smith broke his leg when trying to block a shot from John Arne Riise. After receiving treatment on the pitch, he was stretchered off. Whilst sections of the crowd applauded him off, it wasn't long before the word's to Riise's chant were changed by the home crowd.

Dimitar Berbatov – The Manchester United Eulogy

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There will be plenty of people who are relieved that Dimitar Berbatov has now left United, myself included, but there will be varying reasons behind this feeling. Relieved because he wasn't good enough, relieved because he deserved to play week in week out, relieved not to have to hear the same moronic criticisms or relieved because he was already on borrowed time.

Arsenal

Alan Smith opens himself to bias claims after saying Jack Wilshere’s anti-Spurs songs ok

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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has opened himself to accusations of bias after defending Jack Wilshere's expletive ridden anti-Tottenham...

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“I have to admit, Spurs were on fire.” Reliving Spurs vs Arsenal, the first ever Wembley FA Cup semi-final

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Did they really play for Arsenal?

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This is a short starter for Rant Friday and concerns our ex-players who have become pundits.

Let's start with a man who has a clear anti-Arsenal agenda, Stewart Robson. I have no idea why such an admired player (pre-injury) has turned into a man who cannot speak without being negative about our boys but whatever it is it must have been painful because he clearly hates his former employers.

A very happy 26th May Gooners

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1989. I was at my peak. A season ticket holder on The North Bank, and I hadn't missed a home game. Two more left at Highbury to Derby and Wimbledon, and we can wrap it up. We blew it, then watched in horror on the Tuesday as Liverpool put five past West Ham, leaving us having to win by two clear goals at Anfield.

A very happy 26th May Gooners

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1989. I was at my peak. A season ticket holder on The North Bank, and I hadn't missed a home game. Two more left at Highbury to Derby and Wimbledon, and we can wrap it up. We blew it, then watched in horror on the Tuesday as Liverpool put five past West Ham, leaving us having to win by two clear goals at Anfield.

An AISA evening with Alan Smith & Paddy Barclay

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One of the benefits of being a membership of AISA is the handful of events they organize each year. This one was really interesting, a chance to meet Alan Smith and the renowned sports journalist, Patrick Barclay and be entertained by Tom Watt (ex Eastenders' ‘Lofty' and full time Arsenal fan).

The event took [.

First vs Third

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Firstly, I have to say how impressed I am with our feeder team's current form, nothing less than wonderful. One of the problems with the advantages given to the CL clubs and those backed by billionaires is that the romance has gone out of the league table. Never again will Wolves or Portsmouth or Spurs win the title, those days disappeared with the advent of colour television.

First vs Third

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Firstly, I have to say how impressed I am with our feeder team's current form, nothing less than wonderful. One of the problems with the advantages given to the CL clubs and those backed by billionaires is that the romance has gone out of the league table. Never again will Wolves or Portsmouth or Spurs win the title, those days disappeared with the advent of colour television.

Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards – 5th Day

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AContinuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we will end our quest for the greatest forwards to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite striker, this weeks posts will bring us bang up to date and there will be a vote on Saturday.

Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards – 5th Day

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AContinuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we will end our quest for the greatest forwards to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite striker, this weeks posts will bring us bang up to date and there will be a vote on Saturday.

Happy 26th May

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Football is all about the creation of heroes.

When we think about how a game was won or lost we search for the person/people that affected the outcome. Last night Arjen Robben became a hero scoring in the 88th minute of a game that looked destined for extra time and penalties.

Last weekend Laurent Koscielny became our hero for scoring against Newcastle and securing fourth place for us.

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Spot The Baller: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Alan Smith & Billy Joel Wear ‘Hotel Casual Chic’

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FIFA 13 Gameplay Affected By ‘Real World’ Events – Actual Injuries, Suspensions And Form All Show Up In-Game!

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By Chris Wright

The likes of EA Sports spend vast amounts of their time trying to make their wares as realistic as possible, but the latest leaked feature for FIFA 13 may just be a painstakingly realistic step too far being as though the game's new 'Club Match Day' widget will feed real-world news, ripped from the actual headlines, into the game itself.

FIFA 13 Gameplay Affected By ‘Real World’ Events – Actual Injuries, Suspensions And Form All Show Up In-Game!

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By Chris Wright

The likes of EA Sports spend vast amounts of their time trying to make their wares as realistic as possible, but the latest leaked feature for FIFA 13 may just be a painstakingly realistic step too far being as though the game's new 'Club Match Day' widget will feed real-world news, ripped from the actual headlines, into the game itself.

Newcastle United

How was Newcastle United’s transfer window for you? Let us know!

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As you no doubt know only too well, the Summer transfer window ended at 11pm on Friday evening. But are you happy, or not, overall, with the comings and goings at the club? Reviewing the ingoings and outgoings at Newcastle United during this particular window (see table below), nine players have left the club and [.

How was Newcastle United’s transfer window for you? Let us know!

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As you no doubt know only too well, the Summer transfer window ended at 11pm on Friday evening. But are you happy, or not, overall, with the comings and goings at the club? Reviewing the ingoings and outgoings at Newcastle United during this particular window (see table below), nine players have left the club and [.

Newcastle Reported After Spanish-Based Central Midfielder

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The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are interested in 23 year-old Abdel Barrada, who plays for Getafe in the Spanish first division, as a central midfielder. Abdel Barrada Real Madrid also interested We had mentioned before that Newcastle could be short of central midfielders this season, as we have seen both Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie leave the club, after their contracts ran out at the end of June.

Newcastle’s Top Free Agents Find New Clubs

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Two of Newcastle's free agents have fixed themselves up at new clubs, with Danish International Peter Lovenkrands joining Lee Clark at Birmingham City, and former England International Alan Smith joining MK Dons, the club he played for on loan since January. Peter Lovenkrands - in Birmingham colors Alan Smith was offered a coaching role by Alan Pardew [.

Who’s Next Through The Door At Newcastle?

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Newcastle had signed four good players before June 18th rolled around last year. Romain Amalfitano one player through the door so far The Magpies had brought in Yohan Cabaye in early June, and then on June 17th there was news of Newcastle signing both Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, and the club had  already [.

Pardew – Alan Smith’s Professionalism Has Been Brilliant

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Alan Smith was officially released from the club yesterday, after Alan played 94 times for Newcastle, but failed to score a single goal. Alan Smith played 94 times for Newcastle The fact that Alan was initially brought in by Sam Allardyce as a striker,  makes that statistic just a little bit more surprising, but we always [.

French International – I’ve Grown Up In My Head On Tyneside

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Newcastle will be bringing in quite a few players this summer, if we include the new Development players that will be coming into the club. Ben Arfa in action for France against Iceland last Sunday Newcastle released 9 Development players yesterday, if you include goalkeeper Ole Soderberg, and senior players Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie were also released, [.

11 Players Released by Newcastle United

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Newcastle United have released their list of retained and released players. The full list of released players is as follows:

  • Alan Smith
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Peter Lovenkrands
  • Samuel Adjei
  • Phil Airey
  • Ryan Donaldson
  • Stephen Folan
  • Jeff Henderson
  • Tamas Kadar
  • Greg McDermott
  • Patrick Nzuzi

I for one am sorry to see Danny Guthrie go, because I think given a decent run in the first team he'll do well somewhere.

11 Players Released by Newcastle United

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Newcastle United have released their list of retained and released players. The full list of released players is as follows:

  • Alan Smith
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Peter Lovenkrands
  • Samuel Adjei
  • Phil Airey
  • Ryan Donaldson
  • Stephen Folan
  • Jeff Henderson
  • Tamas Kadar
  • Greg McDermott
  • Patrick Nzuzi

I for one am sorry to see Danny Guthrie go, because I think given a decent run in the first team he'll do well somewhere.

Twelve Players To Leave Newcastle At The End Of June

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Newcastle United have at last announced their retained list for next season. Peter Lovekrands becomes a free agent And the news is that 11 players are leaving the club when their contracts end at the end of this month. As expected Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands have been released, and an agreement was not [.

Another “night of the long knives” at St James’ Park

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Newcastle United announced their list of retained players (players who's contracts have expired but are being renewed) earlier this evening. Of course though, these lists are usually at least as notable for the players are being released as much as those who are being returned. Firstly, the once seemingly never ending saga which was Alan [.

Newcastle To Announce Releases And Transfers Next Week

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It's expected that Newcastle will announce the players they will retain in their squad next week. Tamas Kadar will leave Newcastle this summer And the Magpies will have a bit of a clear-out and those not on the list will be leaving, and four players whose contracts will end on June 30th, seem certain to be released.

Smith Will Be Remembered For Newcastle’s Promotion Season

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31 year-old Alan Smith will be offered a coaching job at Newcastle when his contract runs out on June 30th. Alan Smith - great contribution in promotion drive But it looks like Alan will turn that down, as he wants to keep playing for a few more seasons. Alan was signed from Manchester United in the summer of 2007 by Sam Allardyce for £6M as a [.

Euro 2012

Rooney Ready To Be A Scapegoat?

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Following a draw with France and victory over Sweden, the English national team are in a good position to qualify for the quarter-finals. However, Russia went in to their final game with the same number of points a couple of nights ago but after an unlikely defeat against Greece, were knocked out.

Top five memorable England vs Sweden moments

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Ahead of tonight's big match, here are a few England vs Sweden moments from yesteryear that you'll probably recall. 1. Brolin-Dahlin-Brolin (1992) This well worked one-two has come to be one of the snapshots that represents England failures over the years. Swedish pie fan Tomas Brolin put paid to England's Euro 92 hopes with this [.

The Rest

Pardew’s double-edged “praise” for Hughton in patronising lecture to fans…

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With today's game against Norwich City seeing Alan Pardew's predecessor, Chris Hughton, returning to St James' Park for the first time since his sacking in December 2010, there has been far more of the usual pre match words from the managers on both sides. On the Pardew side, amongst other things, he has been anxious [.