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Retro Football: Bobby Robson’s England Hammer Non-League Aylesbury United In Preparation For 1988 European Championships (Photos & Video)

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In his infinite, delightfully discombobulated wisdom, Bobby Robson hatched a foolproof plan in the weeks running up to the 1988 European Championships in order to prepare his England team for the rigours of international tournament football.

Indeed, with Russia, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland laying in wait in the group stages, Robson decided that the most practical warm-up would be to have his team thrash a non-league side to help spike their confidence.

Retro: This Complete Set Of Football Playing Cards From ’90 Minutes’ Magazine Really Is Something Special To Behold! (Photos)

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The brainchild of TalkSPORT presenter Paul Hawksbee, '90 Minutes' magazine launched in October of 1990 and managed a glorious seven-year run before folding.

While we're certain the publication featured it's fair share of memorable articles and such like, nothing that ever went to print is likely to provide a more lasting impression than the special set of football playing cards that 90 Minutes put their name to in 1993/94(ish).

Retro Football: Brian Clough’s Quartet Of Classic Adverts For Shredded Wheat, 1991/92 (Video)

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As he made a point of telling everybody all the time, Brian Clough really wasn't one to suffer flashy prima donna players gladly.

So it might come as something of a surprise that Cloughie dabbled in a few endorsement shills over the years, including a starring role in this series of adverts for Shredded Wheat from 1991 and 1992.

15 Great, Sun-Baked Photos Of Footballers On Holiday

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What with it being the hottest day of the year so far and everything, Pies thought we'd capitalise on the furore by chucking a 15-strong compendium of sun-baked footballers your way.

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Tottenham 'keeper Ted Ditchburn pootles round the Maddieson's Holiday Camp with his family in the summer of 1952

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Pele strums away lazily in the sunshine at Brazil's team hotel in Mexico during the 1970 World Cup Finals

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George Best dresses the part for a day out bronzing at the beach in Majorca, 1971

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Kevin Keegan and his good lady wife Jean take in the sights of gay Paris while wearing his 'n' hers matching coats, 1976

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John Toshack does his best to fit in with the locals while lounging around poolside in Barcelona, 1976

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German striker Uli Hoeness and his wife Susi relax by the pool at their hotel inSt.

On This Day In 1995: Juninho Turns Up On Teesside As Middlesbrough Go Brazilian

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If ever evidence were needed that English football was changing, it came on 8th October, 1995, when 22-year-old baby-faced Brazilian starlet Juninho swapped the hustle and bustleof the world's thirteenth largest city, Sao Paulo, for the somewhat contrasting, altogether more industrial pleasures of Middlesbrough.

VIDEO: United beat Arsenal in FA Cup semi 1979

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Bryan Robson and the 17-year-old Norman Whiteside both scored to give United a 2-1 victory and put them in to the final.

United beat Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup final in a replay, after the first game finished 2-2.

VIDEO: Charity Shield 1993 – United vs Arsenal

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United: Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker, Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce (c), Denis Irwin, Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona.
United substitutes: Les Sealey, Lee Sharpe, Bryan Robson, Darren Ferguson and Brian McClair.

Arsenal: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Andy Linighan, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, John Jensen, Paul Davis, Paul Merson, Anders Limpar, Ian Wright and Kevin Campbell.

VIDEO: United ad in Kuwait

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This ad featuring United for a Kuwaiti mobile telecom company, Viva, uses their national team of 1982, their Golden Generation, who qualified for the World Cup and were in the same group as England, Czechoslovakia and France. They lost two and drew one, including a 3-1 defeat against England, with Bryan Robson scoring two goals.

Manchester United

Man Utd legend thinks we can win Premier League

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes that we can win the Premier League this season. Last season Jose Mourinho guided us to a sixth place finish, some 24 points behind champions Chelsea, drawing 15 games, of which 10 were at... Continue Reading →

Retro Football: Bryan Robson Resplendent In Triple Denim For ‘Easy Jeans’ Modelling Gig, 1980s (Photos)

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Bryan Robson was a formidable player in his Manchester United pomp, sturdy of thigh and steely of conviction as he patrolled midfields the length and breadth of the land.

However, away from the hustle and bustle of football, Robson was a man who favoured comfort one look at his taste in gentlemen's leisure knitwear proves as much.

Sir Alex Ferguson In Praise Of Geordie Footballers

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Michael Carrick will son be getting a testimonial at Manchester United and he's been at the club since 2006 when he signed on from Tottenham for a cool £18M. Ferguson also managed Bryan Robson who was born in Chester-le-Street and Bryan started his career at West Brom before joining Manchester United in 1981 as a [.

Retro Football: Presenting The Worst Goal Man Utd Have Ever Scored, Against Sheff Wed In 1991 (Video)

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Despite the best efforts of Paul Warhurst to gift them the win, Manchester United ended up losing 3-2 against Sheffield Wednesday in what might loosely be described as a 'thriller' at Hillsborough in October of 1991.

Having gone1-0 down to an early David Hirst strike, it didn't take long for United to restore parity less than two minutes in fact, thanks to Warhurst's superbly weighted through-ball to Brian McClair.

Manchester United attacker should emulate ex-Arsenal star says OT legend

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United earlier this month after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired at the end of June. The striker has become the Red Devils' high profile signing this summer and Old Trafford legend Bryan Robson remains hopeful the Swede can emulate what Robin van Persie did in his first season at the club.

GNev becomes 29th former Fergie player to become a manager

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Gary Neville has become 29th former Manchester United player to play for Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager.

Viv Anderson, Michael Appleton, Henning Berg, Clayton Blackmore, Laurent Blanc, Steve Bruce, Chris Casper, Peter Davenport, Simon Davies, Darren Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, David Healy, Gabriel Heinze, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis, Roy Keane, Henrik Larsson, Gary Neville, Paul Parker, Mike Phelan, Bryan Robson, Mark Robins, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Frank Stapleton, Gordon Strachan, Chris Turner, Neil Webb.

Man Utd legend criticises Louis van Gaal for dropping David De Gea for Spurs match

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has criticised Louis van Gaal for dropping David De Gea for the Tottenham match. The Dutchman felt the...

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Nicky Butt – A scrapper not a fighter

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Watching football, and United in particular, is a visceral experience, a sharp, intense mess of bodies, noise and smells. So it's not surprising that the majority of fan favourites are linked by a single trait: they are men with whom it is deeply unwise to fuck. In my own lifetime, that includes Remi Moses, Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam, Wes Brown, Ruud van Nistelrooy – sadly, in theory only Nemanja Vidic, and though, Rojo shows promise, none of the current ponces.

Manchester United: Bryan Robson and Dennis Irwin Launch Official Wedding Service

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Is there anything Manchester United cannot do to build the brand? Before the weekend'smatch with Arsenal, Manchester United fan Norrapon Phadungthai, from Bangkok, Thailand, proposed to his girlfriend Wana Tripongruttanakul in front of Bryan Robson.

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Man Utd midfielder Ander Herrera showing his worth, says Bryan Robson

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Ander Herrera is starting to show his worth at Manchester United after a slow start, according to club legend Bryan Robson. The Spaniard, having...

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Robson: “Rooney must play up-front”

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Bryan Robson has said Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's best attacking option and that he wants to see the England captain leading the line at Anfield on Sunday.

Rooney scored United's third goal against Spurs on the weekend, his 14th goal in his last 14th appearances at Old Trafford, as Louis Van Gaal's men swept one of their direct rival for a top four finish aside, delivering arguably their best performance of the season.

Wayne Rooney warned over his behaviour, says Man U icon Bryan Robson

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Wayne Rooney has been warned over the responsibilities that come with being Manchester United captain, says club legend Bryan Robson. The striker is...

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Man Utd legend Bryan Robson: Marouane Fellaini finding his feet now

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Bryan Robson thinks Marouane Fellaini is finally starting to find his feet at Manchester United after a difficult first season at the club. The...

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Di Maria: I am very happy to wear United’s #7 shirt

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Angel di Maria has revealed that he is very happy to have been given the special #7 shirt at Manchester United, which has been worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It is a source of motivation," he told MUTV. "When you wear a shirt that's been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, it's something you're always going to be pleased about.

Number 7 tradition excites Di Maria

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Angel Di Maria revealed on Thursday that he was told about the significance of the number 7 at Manchester United by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the Argentine former teammates at Real Madrid.

During his official presentation as Manchester United player, Di Maria said he was eager to follow in the footsteps of the great players who have previously donned the club's most important shirt, from George Best though he wore 8 and 11 just as often to Bryan Robson, from Eric Cantona to David Beckham and Ronaldo himself.

Robson: Robin van Persie Can Follow Footsteps of United’s CL Winning Star

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Robin van Persie should follow the footsteps of Teddy Sheringham in order to have a prolonged career, according to Manchester United legend Bryan Robson.

The striker will turn 31 later this August and has set his eyes on extending his career at top flight football till late 30′s.

Manchester United to unveil a player/manager?

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When the announcement was made earlier this week that David Moyes would lose his job at Manchester United, and that Ryan Giggs would potentially take charge as aplayer/manager, my mind instantly turned to an old photo of Bryan Robson. For many, this wouldn't be the automatic thought, but I've always absolutely loved staged press photos of footballers (you can see more at the marvellous http://awkwardfootballphotoshoots.

United And Dortmund Progress In Champions League

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Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund wrapped up the last two available places in Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw on Wednesday's. United did the improbable, beating Olympiacos 3-0 at home to win 3-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile last season's runners-up Dortmund progressed despite losing at home to Zenit.

Robbo: “It’s all up to Moyes”

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Bryan Robson has insisted Sir Alex Ferguson's presence at Old Trafford at away games this season has nothing to do with Manchester United's dismal season and while admitting that United's form is cause for concern, Robson maintained that David Moyes remains the right man to the club forward.

With United 14 points adrift of Arsenal in the Premier League, out of the FA Cup and denied a spot in the Capital One Cup final after Wednesday's defeat on penalties against Sunderland, pressure on Moyes is mounting to deliver results, with many claiming that Sir Alex's decision to attend games at home and away has had a destabilising effect on an environment already made precarious by his retirement.

The Class of ’92: A perfect script

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"The first time I played with them," said Bryan Robson of Manchester United's Class of '92. "You're thinking ‘right, I'm gonna have to look after a couple of them.' Well, I think it was in the first five minutes, Scholesy smashes one of their centre-halves, then you've got Gary Neville belting their winger all over the place [and] we get a free-kick from about 20 yards out and Becks goes ‘er, Robbo, I take these.

United confirm no number 7

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Manchester United have released their official squad numbers for the upcoming season, and as initially revealed after the Community Shield last Sunday, the Red Devils are without a number 7. The seven shirt holds a lot of history at Old Trafford, having been wore by legends such as Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Bryan Robson, but most recently Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen have failed to live up to the heavy expectations that go along with the number.

Captain Marvel tips Moyes for success

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson spoke out to praise new United manager David Moyes and to say that he believes Moyes will do well after taking over the club this summer. Captain Marvel, as he is lovingly known by United fans, talked about his respect for Moyes and Moyes's ability to command a talented United squad.

United legend excited over Fabregas

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Manchester United legend and former captain Bryan Robson has admitted that he'd love to see Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas turn out at Old Trafford, stating that he gets excited when he starts to think about the possibility. Transfer rumors linking the former Arsenal man with a move to the Red Devils have died down as the summer has dragged on, but Robson says the Spaniard is a player he'd be looking at.

Captain Marvel defends United squad

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Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has defended the Red Devils' current squad, insisting that rather than looking for a superstar signing supporters should be acknowledging the overall balance throughout the squad. "Captain Marvel" pointed towards the side's convincing 11 point title win last season when asked about United's need to sign a big name midfielder, hailing the depth of David Moyes's side.

Wayne Rooney - The Grass Isn't Always Greener

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To wake up in the morning knowing that you're able to represent arguably one of the most successful clubs in the world, is a true honor. An honor that should not be taken lightly, as the likes of Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have all worn the shirt with such pride and passion - and to hear Wayne Rooney requesting a transfer, only brings tears to United fans.

Fergie’s Finest

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Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the greatest football managers of all time. In over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, his passion for winning and tactical flair made them the most successful club in the Premier League. Under his guidance, United won an eye-watering 38 trophies, including 13 league championships.

Video: Manchester United Legends to face Real Madrid Legends

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Want to briefly regain your childhood? If you're about my age and answered 'yes', this is probably the match for you. Manchester United Legends are taking on Real Madrid Legends in a charity match for the MU Foundation. The teamsheets read like a who's who of mid-1990s sticker albums. Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin, [.

Phil Jones

The Phil Jones Conundrum

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In his short United career so far, Phil Jones has drawn comparisons with the likes of Duncan Edwards and more recently Bryan Robson. He has become United's go-to man whenever a job needs to be done....

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Fergie Concerned Jones Won’t Face Real Madrid

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed what we all feared, that Phil Jones, who turned 21 today, is unlikely to face Real Madrid in the second leg game.

"Phil Jones is the one we're concerned about in terms of the Real Madrid game," he said. "We're working hard on it and I'd say he has an outside chance no more than that.

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Official: Alan Pardew Is West Brom’s Exciting New Manager For An Exciting New Age

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There you have it. The deed is done. Alan Pardew is officially the latest chapter in West Brom's ongoing 10-year commitment to hiring utterly uninspiring managers.

Pardew has been appointed on a two-and-a-half year contract, replacing Tony Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine, who replaced Pepe Mel, who replaced Steve Clarke, who replaced Roy Hodgson, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo, who replaced Tony Mowbray, who replaced Bryan Robson, who replaced Gary Megson.

Pahang Sign Jamaican International

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Former Queens Park Rangers defender Damion Stewart has forsaken the earthy delights of post industrial Nottingham and landed on Malaysia's east coast after signing for newly promoted Pahang during the transfer window.

Pahang are currently 5th in the 12 team league and boast, along with big spending Darul Takzim the worst defence so they will be hoping the 6.

Royal Mail Releases New Stamps to Honor Britain’s Greatest Footballers [PHOTO]

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The Royal Mail, the British postal service, has published a new series of stamps to recognize the greatest British footballers as part of the celebrations to recognize The FA's 150th year anniversary.

The beautiful collection of stamps features some of the biggest names in the game. From top left to right:

Jimmy Greaves (England), John Charles (Wales), Gordon Banks (England), George Best (Northern Ireland), John Barnes (England), Kevin Keegan (England), Denis Law (Scotland), Bobby Moore (England), Bryan Robson (England), Dave Mackay (Scotland) and Bobby Charlton (England).