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20 Thoroughly Excellent Photos Of The Late Cyrille Regis In His Prime

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With the sad passing of Cyrille Regis today, Pies thought it only right that we give the man the retrospective his brilliant career so duly warrants.

The dynamic striker spent the best days of his career attaining legendary status at West Brom, but also enjoyed successful stints at Coventry City (winning an FA Cup), Aston Villa, Wolves and Wycombe Wanderers thereafter.

Retro Football: Kevin Keegan Calms Newcastle Fans Down On Steps Of St James’ Park After Selling Andy Cole To Man Utd, 1995 (Photos)

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It's difficult to fathom given the omni-coverage we're steeped in these days, but 23 years ago this very day, a seismic football transfer went through without so much as a preceding whisper.

Halfway through the 1994/95 Premier League season, Newcastle goal-glutton Andy Cole was sold to Manchester United in a British record deal.

First Touch Of The Gods: Three Heavenly Minutes Of Dennis Bergkamp And His Flawless Ball Control (Video)

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Dennis Bergkamp was very good at football. He scored lots of memorable goals, won lots of trophies and even forged himself an ice-cold nickname.

He was also very good at controlling the football and particularly adept at using his body as a shield to simultaneously bring in a wayward pass on a tractor beam and then flit away from his marker in one fluid movement.

Retro Football: Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Sepp Maier Dabbles In Subtle Art Of Time-Wasting, 1972 (Video)

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The great Sepp Maier was and is pretty much untouchable when it comes to German football idolatry.

As close to the modern ideal of the lithe superstar goalkeeper as it was possible to get back then, Maier made over 600 appearances for Bayern Munich, the majority of which coming as a cornerstone of the Bavarian club's peerless 1970s team of Franz Beckenbaur, Paul Breitner, Gerd Muller et al, that won three European Cups on the bounce.

The Black And White Years: 10 Festive Photos Of Footballers Wassailing At Their Club Christmas Party

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Generally speaking, these days you only really tend to hear about club Christmas parties as and when they get called off by disgruntled managers who think that sapping yet more morale out their beleaguered players will be the key to hauling them out of the relegation mire.

Thankfully, December was a lot more carefree and festive back in the good old days, as this little collection of archive photos duly attests.

Classic Moments: MSV Duisburg Coach Norbert Meier Goes Down Like Ton Of Bricks After ‘Headbutt’ From Cologne’s Albert Streit, 2005 (Video)

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Bayer Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich's am-dram dive against Borussia Monchengladbach may well have been laughably risible, but it's not entirely without precedent in German football circles.

Allow us, if you will, to whisk you back to a truly baffling passage of play well, play-acting that occurred during the closing stages of the fantastically ill-tempered Bundesliga tie between Duisburg and Cologne in December of 2005.

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.

Feyenoord: Teenage Striker Dylan Vente Marks Full Debut With Goal Almost Identical To One Scored By His Great-Uncle In 1937 – The First Ever At De Kuip (Video)

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The proverbial torch was passed at Feyenoord on Sunday afternoon when 18-year-old forward Dylan Vente scored on his full debut for the Eredivisie club.

Vente scored the second goal in a 7-0 walloping of local rivals Sparta Rotterdam, only his fifth ever appearance of a senior career that began in September.

Retro Football: Young Nigel Clough Laughs At His Dad’s Brighton Team Losing 8-2 Against Bristol Rovers On ‘The Big Match’, 1973 (Video)

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As he was prone to do throughout his career, Brian Clough caused a ruckus in November of 1973 when he fell out without absolutely everybody, resigned from his post after six good years with league champions Derby County and subsequently took over at Brighton & Hove Albion down in the Third Division just six weeks later.

Classic Football Adverts: Ian Wright Feels Like Chicken Tonight, Chicken Tonight, 1999 (Video)

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The late 1990s were a strange time for Ian Wright. Though he cut an increasingly peripheral figure at his beloved Arsenal, and was eventually shipped out to West Ham in 1998 to join John Hartson at the Gunners' very own elephant's graveyard, he certainly was in demand within the media.

Classic Football Adverts: Ryan Giggs Discovers His Evil Doppelganger In Reebok’s Claymation Extravaganza, 1997 (Video)

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Ryan Giggs did a fair few decent adverts for Reebok (and a fair few naff ones for Quorn) in the mid-1990s, with his sponsors working wonders with the Manchester United winger's often near-lifeless dialogue delivery.

Thankfully, the sportswear brand went and roped in a soundalike for what must surely count as their magnum opus when it comes to their Giggs-related commercial output: The entirely animated lesser-spotted 'Doppelganger' short, which clocks in at almost five minutes.

Brazil: Roberto Carlos Admits His Famous ‘Banana’ Freekick Against France In 1997 Was A Wind-Assisted Fluke

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Like arriving at the stark realisation that the middle-aged man doling out Kinder Eggs and cuddles in the back of his boarded up Transit van probably wasn't the Easter Bunny after all, Roberto Carlos has delivered a thundering hammer blow to Pies' already faltering grasp of all we assume to be true.

Retro Football: Norwich Poacher Tim Sherwood Skies Open Goal From Six Yards Out Against Bristol City, 1991 (Video)

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He may possess the managerial acumen of a Maris Piper, but Tim Sherwood was a perfectly decent central midfielder in his day as his three England caps duly attest.

In fact, back in 1999, Sherwood became the first player to be given an international debut during Kevin Keegan's tenure when, aged 30, he turned out for the Three Lions in a 3-1 win over Poland in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley.

Heaven Is Five Uninterrupted Minutes Of Diego Maradona Scoring Loads Of Fantastic Goals (Video)

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Hey, you kids ever heard of Diego Maradona? Back in the 1970s and 80s, he was kind of like Lionel Messi if Lionel Messi had a predilection for acting the giddy goat and gorging himself senseless on Class A narcotics.

Undoubtedly more spontaneous and playful than Messi, the man they callThe Golden Child was the best footballer in the world and arguably the most naturally gifted player ever to take to a pitch in anger.

Juventus Fans Vote Alessandro Del Piero’s ‘Impossible Volley’ Against Fiorentina In 1994 As Greatest Goal In Club’s 120-Year History (Video)

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As part of their ongoing 120th anniversary celebrations, Juventus tasked their fans with voting for what they believe to be the greatest goal ever scored in the Bianconeri shirt.

The winner, by a country mile, was this little over-the-shoulder number, effortlessly tucked away by a 20-year-old Alessandro Del Piero in December of 1994 the last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Fiorentina.

On This Day In 2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Tears Joe Hart Asunder With Phenomenal Overhead Kick Against England (Video)

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the fateful night that Zlatan Ibrahimovic trampled roughshod over England, scoring all four goals in a mountainous performance at the epicentre of Sweden's 4-2 friendly victory in Stockholm.

England's wafer-thin side contained such luminaries as Steven Caulker, Tom Cleverly, Leon Osman, Tom Huddlestone and poor old Ryan Shawcross who, making his international debut as a late substitute, suffered miserably at the hands of a soaring Zlatan and was never called up again thereafter.

Classic WWII Ordnance Hi-Jinks: Brentford ‘Keeper Chic Brodie Finds Hand Grenade In His Goalmouth, 1965

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Charles 'Chic' Brodie was no doubt a perfectly serviceable goalkeeper in his day, we couldn't possibly comment to the counter, but alas his 21-year professional career is generally boiled down to two memorable incidents.

The first of which happened on November 6th, the day after Bonfire Night, back in 1965 during a match between Brodie's Brentford and their cross-London rivals Millwall at Griffin Park.

Classic Football Adverts: Tony Adams Acts His Wooden Backside Off After Being Kidnapped By Jaffa Cake Gonks, 1998 (Video)

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As ever with a lucrative World Cup on the horizon, the great and the good of the advertising realm began shoehorning England players into their commercials to help shill their wares in the build up to France '98.

One such player was Tony Adams, who was roped in by McVities for a Jaffa Cakes campaign to help promote their new line of collectable orange 'gonks' a nefarious gang of Koosh balls with various facial features and limbs attached.

Retro Football: Sir Matt Busby Discusses Brian Clough And George Best, Among Other Things, On Parkinson, 1973 (Video)

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Plucked from the BBC Archives, here's a snippet of Sir Matt Busby's appearance on the Parkinson chat show in 1973.

Busby had retired as Manchester United manager and from football management altogether some four years prior, admitting in his chat with Parky that he'd begun to fall out of love with the game as the vim and vigour of the 1960s gave way to the muddy clod-hopping of the 1970s.

Classic Football Adverts: Reebok Spluff £3m To Employ Cavalcade Of Nineties Pop Culture Royalty For ‘Theatre Of Dreams’ Commercial, 1998 (Video)

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While their presence in the football realm has waned since, Reebok were a big player on the scene throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, with Ryan Giggs, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry just three notable patrons.

Indeed, the brand went big in an effort to launch their new Sidewinder boot in 1998, assembling a cornucopia of Nineties' pop culture icons asRobbie Williams, Anna Friel, Sting, Reeves & Mortimer, Jarvis Cocker, Darling Dicky Attenborough, David Mellor, Tom Jones, Steven Berkoff, Sylvester McCoy, Gary Oldman, Jose Carreras, Chris Eubank, Warren Mitchell and Wallace & Gromit all playing their respective parts.

On This Day In 2009: Halloween Sees New Record Set For Most Red Cards On Single Day Of Premier League Football (Photos)

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The dark spirits definitely did their evil bidding in the Premier League on Halloween back in 2009: the very day that saw a new record set for the most red cards in one single afternoon of English top-flight football.

No less than eight players were sent off over the course of the day, with Jlloyd Samuel (1.

On This Day In 2012: Arsenal Duo Giroud And Coquelin Make Minor Shirt-Based Error At ‘End’ Of League Cup Tie Against Reading (Video)

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Hard to believe we know, but it was five years ago to the very day that Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin entertained the nation by getting all confuzzled at the business end of Arsenal's chaotic 7-5 victory over Reading in the fourth round of the League Cup.

After somehow conspiring to go 4-0 down within the 37 minutes, Arsenal pulled a heroic comeback out of their collective derriere thanks to late goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott in the 89th and 96th minute respectively before the final whistle thweeped at the Madejski Stadium.

Retro Football: Fondly Remembering The Halcyon Days Of The Coca Cola Cup And Its Club-Coloured Can Adverts, 1994 (Photos)

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The League Cup has bounced from sponsor to sponsor over the years, with Littlewoods, Rumbelows, Worthington's, Carling, Capital One and even the national Milk Marketing Board all paying through the snout to ally their marque with English football's tertiary tournament since 1981.

Classic Football Adverts: Alan Shearer Is Wooden As You Like In Timeless McDonald’s ‘Autograph’ Sketch, 1998 (Video)

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"Woor'll 'ave a fillet-oo-fish an a box of chickn dippahs an meerk it snappy lad..."

With all the will in the world, with his furrowed brow and voice less melodious than a dot-matrix printer, Alan Shearer simply is not a font of natural charisma.

As such, it shouldn't come as much surprise that the-then Newcastle striker struggled to inject much life into his dialogue after being plonked in the middle of a McDonald's advert duringthe run-up to the 1998 World Cup.

Retro Football: Diego Maradona Turns Out For Tottenham In Ossie Ardiles’ Testimonial, 1986 (Photos & Video)

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Seeing Diego Maradona holding a Tottenham shirt aloft at Wembley on Sunday instantly brought memories flooding back for fans of a certain vintage.

Of course, Maradona has previous when it comes to Spurs the only English club he ever played for during his career, and even then in a non-competitive capacity.

Classic Football Adverts: Eric Cantona Shills For Eurostar In His Own Inimitable Style, 1997 (Video)

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At the end of the 1996/97 season, Eric Cantona shocked Manchester United by bringing his professional career to a premature end when he reached the conclusion that, at the age of 30, he was pig soddin' sick of being told what time he had to go to bed.

I loved the game but I no longer had the passion to go to bed early, not to go out with my friends, not to drink, and not to do a lot of other things, the things I like in life.

On This Day In 2002: Teenage Wayne Rooney Takes 10 Minutes To Entrench Himself In The Premier League With Stonking Goal Against Arsenal (Video)

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Why, it seems like a lifetime, but 15 years ago this very day, a 16-year-old brute who looked like he was on day release from borstal emerged from the Everton bench and promptly entrenched himself deep in the topography of English football.

With a thick neck and forearms like Popeye, that young toe-rag was Wayne Rooney, who found himself thrown on against Arsenal as an 80th-minute substitute with the score level at 1-1, only to bring the Gunners'30-game unbeaten run to an abrupt end 10 minutes later with his very first Premier League goal.

Retro Football: Helpful Glasgow Rangers Fans Lend Their Large Union Jack To Linesman With Broken Flag, 2006 (Video)

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Let's face it, we've all been there: diligently running the line at a football match only for your standard issue fluorescent flag to disassemble itself into its component parts, right in your hand.

That's exactly the fate that befell the assistant referee on duty for the charity match staged between Derby County and Rangers at Pride Park in 2006, though thankfully a member of the travelling support was able to supply the flag-less official with a suitable replacement.

Set-Piece Pioneers: Man Utd Pair Ryan Giggs And David Beckham Attempt Simultaneous Freekick Routine, 2001 (Video)

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In the first of what we might turn into a semi-regular series on Pies, we examine some of the oddest, most esoteric set-pieces to have ever been unleashed, both in anger and in muddled incompetence.

Three games into the 2001/02 season, Manchester United came up against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Retro Football Adverts: Joe Jordan Replenishes Missing Teeth With Quick Swig Of Heineken, 1978 (Photo)

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While you'd be hard-pushed to call Joe Jordan "beautiful" in the conventional sense, there was still a undeniable ragged, brawny charm to the toothless Scotland target man.

Indeed, Jordan lost four of his front teeth early on in his career when he had them kicked out during a reserves match at Leeds United.

Retro Football: Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd Offers To Carry Michael Owen Back To Liverpool, 2007 (Video)

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Sad news is reaching Pies this afternoon that former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, a central figure in the club's bamboozling recent history, has passed away at the age of 76.

Of course, our thoughts immediately turned to the Geordie businessman's long-running tit-for-tat spat with Michael Owen, who bore the brunt of several outbursts from the Shepherd foghorn.

No Frills: Football Stickers Chart The Incredible Non-Evolution Of Gareth Barry (Photos)

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On the eve of his record-breaking 633rd Premier League appearance, Pies thought it only right to salute the most consistent player in top-flight history: Hastings' finest, Mr Gareth Barry.

As evident below, nothing has changed much in the 19 years since Barry made his debut for Aston Villa back in the last century.

Premier League Dig Up Lovely Snippet Of Kasper Schmeichel And Tom Ince Playing Football Together As Kids In Old Trafford Corridor (Video)

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This very afternoon, Huddersfield are set to play host to Leicester City at the John Smith's Stadium a fixture that will see two former childhood playmates reunited once again.

With both their dads playing for Manchester United, Kasper Schmeichel and Thomas Ince spent a brief few years growing up alongside one another in the early 1990s.

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.

Retro Football: George Weah Paints His Masterpiece By Going ‘Coast To Coast’ Against Hellas Verona, 1996 (Video)

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Milan striker George Weah in full flow against Parma, 1995

Exactly 21 years ago this very day, George Weah scored the goal that would ultimately come, rightly or wrongly, to define his stellar career.

Milan spanked Hellas Verona at the San Siro on the opening day of the 1996/97 Serie A season, though the match is now widely remembered for one thing and one thing only Weah's famous 'coast to coast' goal, the third in an emphatic 4-1 victory.

Retro Classic: Football Italia Intro Sees Paul Gascoigne And James Richardson Combine To Create Comedy Gold, 1995 (Video)

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Paul Gascoigne explains his curious headwear to Lazio coach Zdenek Zeman, 1995

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the day that Gazzetta Football Italia aired on Channel 4 for the very first time.

We've spoken of our undying love for Football Italia before here on Pies, helping as it did to introduce a wide-eyed young fan to a world of football beyond watching Wolves grind out dull, mud-specked draws with Leicester City on Central Match Live every sodding weekend.

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Merry Christmas From Who Ate All The Pies!

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Bloody heck, that came around quick. We hate to break it to you, but it's Christmas again.

As always, we'd just like to take the time to thank each and every one of the Pies faithful for your continued support. It's much appreciated. We've been doing this independent football blog racket for over a decade now and one day we even hope to get good at it.

Retro Football: Rough, Tough Barcelona Defender Ronald Koeman Dresses Up As Tintin For Magazine Photoshoot, 1993 (Photo)

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Long before he was Everton's latest former manager, Ronald Koeman was a damn fine, imposing centre back with skin pale as milk and hair of the finest spun sunlight.

During his time at Barcelona in the early 1990s, Koeman aquired the nickname 'Tintin' due to the physical similarities he supposedly shared withHergé's courageous cartoon creation of the same name.

Football Art: Nuneaton Town Produce Ace ‘Roy Of The Rovers’ Style Programme Cover For FA Cup Match (Photo)

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The LDJ Solicitors Stadium, home of Nuneaton Town (Photo: Official_NTFC/Twitter)

Rivalling Wolves in the snazzy 'comic-book-style programme cover' stakes, Nuneaton Town have produced an absolute pearler for their upcoming FA Cup qualifying match against King's Lynn Town on Saturday.

Infused with classic 'Roy of the Rovers' goodness, the Boro have gone and knocked out this little retro beauty.