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‘It Was Surreal To Be Honest!’ – Robbie Fowler Recalls The Time He Somehow Ended Up On Real Madrid’s Title-Winning Bus Parade

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Robbie Fowler turned out forseveral clubs in his time, having enjoyed stints of varying success atLiverpool, Leeds United, Man City, Cardiff City,Blackburn Rovers, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory and, most famously, Muangthong United of Thailand.

He did not however, represent Real Madrid at least not intentionally anyway.

Football Tat Of Yesteryear: Liverpool Offer Fans ‘Limited Edition Team Trainers’, Circa 1994 (Photo)

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"I've ordered us a pair each lads. They're in the post!"

Culminating in a 2-1defeat against Aston Villa, Liverpool muddled through a fairly average season in 1993/94, finishing way down in 8th place in the Premier League and being knocked out of both the FA andCoca Colacupsin the third and fourth round respectively.


Retro Football: Young Roberto Martinez Demonstrates How To Defend Against Long Throw-Ins, 1996 (Video)

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Having pioneered a slew of innovative systems with Everton (the 'hopelessly isolated frontman' and the 'hideously exposed flat back two' instantly spring to mind) in recent years, it's largely agreed that Roberto Martinez is one of football's greatest tactical minds.

RIP Ronnie Moran: 15 Belting Vintage Photos Of ‘Mr Liverpool’ In His Pomp

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The sad news doing the rounds this morning is that Ronnie Moran, bona fide Liverpool club legend, has passed away at the age of 83.

Moran joined the Reds as a 15-year-old in 1949 and duly spent his entire playing career at the club, making 379 appearances, many of which as captain.

He then moved intocoaching at the behest of Bill Shankly, thus forming part of the iconic 'Boot Room Boys' alongside Shanks, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Reuben Bennett.

Andy Townsend Recalls Moment He Attempted To Console Gareth Southgate After Euro ’96 Penalty Miss, Only To Be Upstaged By Liam Gallagher (Video)

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With England set to take on Germany on Wednesday night, the chatter in the BBC 5Live studio inevitably turned to manager Gareth Southgate's most well-trodden previous dalliancewith Die Mannshaft.

We are of course talking about the semi-finals of Euro '96, wherein Southgate fluffedthe crucial penalty to send the Germans through to the final.

Retro Football: Ronaldinho Scores First Ever Goal For Brazil (Assisted By Cafu) Against Venezuela, 1999 (Video)

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Ronaldinho is turning 37 years young today, so we thought we'd offer a simple tribute by traipsing right back to the far end of the Brazilian virtuoso's career.

The year was 1999, and theSelecao were playing Venezuela in their opening matchof the Copa America.

With Brazil already 4-0 up, a scrawny young bag of bones entered the fray in the 70th minute and promptly opened his international goal-scoring account just four minutes later.

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.

Retro Football: Giovanni Trapattoni’s Immortal Bayern Munich Mega-Rant Is 19 Years Old Today (Video)

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Amazingly, it's now 19 years to the very day that Giovanni Trapattoni unleashed holy hell on the Bayern Munichpress room in 1998, embarking on a now infamous rant about the lapse attitude of some of his players.

The three-minute diatribe has worked its way into popular culture in Germany due to the fact that, riled upand unable to express himself fluently in a second language, Trap ended up raving in broken German with an Italian accent.

The Black-And-White Years: 20 Cracking Vintage Photos Of Women’s Football

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In honour of it being International Women's Day, Pies have delved into the archive to bring you some fascinating photos of ladies' football in its infancy.

Let's dive in, shall we...

The British Ladies Football Club play their first ever match, 1895

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A shot is attempted during the Theatrical Ladies football match at White Hart Lane, 1912

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Girls from the Oxford Revue prepare for a charity football match, 1914.

Classic Moments: Roy Makaay Takes 10 Seconds To Score Fastest Goal In Champions League History (Video)

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Worrying as it may be, it's now a decade to the day that Roy Makaay came rampaging out of the traps to score what is still the fastest goal in Champions League and European Cup history.

The craggy Dutchstriker dawdledfor a whole10.12 seconds before slidingBayern Munich ahead against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on 7th March, 2007.

Shit Football Kits: Brighton & Hove Albion Pair Stripy Shirt With Matching Stripy Shorts, 1991-93 (Photo)

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By and large, Brighton & Hove Albion have been playing in blue and white stripes for well over 100 years some 113 years to be exact.

In that time, only once did theSeagulls venture to extend their famous two-tone livery south of the waistband, and now we know why.

During the giddy halcyon days of the early 1990s, Brighton bashed out a home strip that coupled a stripy shirt with matchingstripy shorts.

Retro Football: Leeds Pin-Up Vinnie Jones Models For Top Man, 1989 (Photo)

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Pin-up in waiting: Vinnie Jones during his Wimbledon days

Having made his name at the thinking man's nutcase at Wimbledon, Vinnie Jones made the leap to Leeds United before the1989/90 season.

Jones arrived amida frenetic £2million summer spending frenzy that saw manager Howard Wilkinson splurge on the likes of Mel Sterland, John Hendrie and Jim Beglin.

Classic Moments: John O’Shea Keeps Clean Sheet After Going In Goal For Manchester United, 2007 (Photo & Video)

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Dear fellows, would you believe that it's ten years to the very day that the very complexionof Association Football changed forever?

Indeed, at White Hart Lane on 4th February of 2007,we collectively witnessed a spectacular event that shifted the paradigmentirely.

We are of course talking about when Edwin van der Sar broke his nose and John O'Shea Slayer of Figo had to goin nets for Manchester United.

Pies Classics: Harry Redknapp Defends 17-Year-Old Frank Lampard From Snarky West Ham Fan (Video)

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With Frank Lampard annoucing his retirement today we thought we'd revisit a classic clip from the other end of his long and storied career.

Back in 1996, while schmoozing with fans at a conference,then-West Ham manager Harry Redknapp suddenly found himselfforced to defend the ruddy-cheeked 17-year-old sitting next to him.

Retro Football: Original Artist’s Plans For Bolton’s Reebok Stadium Were Quite Something, 1994 (Photo)

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Burnden Park, as was (Photo: Legendary Football Grounds)

The year was 1994, and upwardly mobile Bolton Wanderers were preparing to up sticks and leave Burnden Park, their home forthe past 100 years, and into a new, all-singing, all-dancing and most importantly all-seater modern stadium.

Retro Football: 19-Year-Old Steven Gerrard Scores His Very First Goal For Liverpool, 1999 (Video)

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Having made his senior debut almost exactly a year previous, 19-year-old Steven Gerrard finally got off the mark for Liverpool in a 4-1 thrashing ofbottom side Sheffield Wednesday in December of 1999.

On what was a bitterly cold afternoon at Anfield, Gerrard only starting due to a raft of injuries in Gerard Houllier's midfield ranks finally reintroduced blood to the extremities of the 40,000-odd Reds fans in attendance when the local lad from down the roadwent a-waltzing through the Wednesday defence to score his very first goal for the club.

Retro Football: Hideously Ugly Goalmouth Scramble Sees Man City Rescue Dramatic FA Cup Draw Against Blackpool, 1988 (Video)

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Paul Lake of Manchester City (Photo: MEN)

There were almost two full divisions between the sides when Man City travelled up to Bloomfield Road for anFA Cup fourth round tie against Blackpool in January of 1988.

Still, it was the Seasiders who drew first blood when young striker Richard Sendall – who had been told he was free to leave the club on a free transfer the week previous scored to put the Third Division side ahead.

Retro Football: Uri Geller Claims To Move Ball As Gary McAllister Misses Penalty Against England At Euro ’96 (Video)

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It was the 15th of June, 1996, and England were playing Scotland at Wembley in their second group match of the European Championships.

As you may remember, the host nation went on to win 2-0on the day: Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne, Colin Hendry getting trapped in a prismic maze of his own mind's making, the dentist's chair.

Retro Football: Blackburn Teammates David Batty And Graeme Le Saux Have A Punch-Up, 1995 (Video)

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Before Leicester City stormed the grand UEFA citadel, you have to go right back to 1995 for the last time a "small" Premier League sidefound their way into the Champions League.

Thankfully, reigning champions Blackburn Rovers did the nation proud by finishing slap, bang, bottom of their group and crashing out at the first hurdle.

Retro Football Songs: Phil Collins And Genesis Sing Loving Ode To ‘Match Of The Day’, 1977 (Video)

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The year is 1977 and, three years after the departure of Peter Gabriel, Genesis are gradually beginning to morph from pastoralprog-rockers into the sleek, pop-veneered behemoth they would eventually become.

Slap, bang in the middle of thatperiod of flux, the band, now fronted by Phil Collins, knocked out a largely unheralded, mostly forgotten ode to that most vaunted of English sporting bastions, Match of the Day.

Classic Moments: An Irate Neil Warnock Tears Into Sheffield United Defenders Chris Morgan And Phil Jagielka, 2004 (Video)

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To mark his re-entry into the management pool at Cardiff City, we thought we'd delve into Neil Warnock's back catalogue.

Specifically, we're talking about the time he well and truly tore a strip off Chris Morgan and Phil Jagielka after a Championship game against Wolves in November of 2004.

Retro Football: Marinho Celebrates His Only Goal For Brazil With Super Funky Jive, 1986 (Video)

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Marinho and a photo of himself,bottom left, as part of the 1986 Brazil team(Photo: O Curioso)

There was a time whenMario Jose dos Reis Emiliano ('Marinho' to his friends) was considered one of the very best, most exciting players in Brazilian football.

Marinho'speak came during what proved to be the last flush of prominence for his club at the time, Bangu Atletico Clube, as they finished runners-up in Serie A in the 1985/86 season and their fleet-footed right wingerended the campaign with the Golden Ball award, given to the best player as decided by Placarmagazine.

On This Day In 1995: Leeds Legend Tony Yeboah Smacks One In Off The Wimbledon Crossbar (Video)

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Depressing as it may be, it's 21 years to the day that Tony Yeboah thrust his way into Premier League immortality by rattling one in off the Selhurst Park crossbar with his 'weaker'foot.

Just a few weeks after his 'other' scorcher against Liverpool, Yeboah ended a mini-droughtwith a hat-trick in Leeds' 4-2 win over Wimbledon that included this famously monstrous strike.

Top 10 Classic Admiral Football Kits Of Yesteryear (Photos)

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After watching 'Get Shirty' a great little ITV documentary about Admiral's rise from an obscure Midlands underwear outlet to one of the biggest names in sportswear last night, we though it would be nice to doff our own 'umble caps to their handiwork.

Indeed, to celebrate Admiral's all-too brief run on top, Pies thought we'd herald their pioneering vision by whittling down our Top 10 favourite offerings.


RIP Raymond Kopa: 20 Magnifique Photos Of The France And Real Madrid Legend In His Prime

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European football has lost two legendary figures in the space of two days.

Following the sad news that Celtic stalwart Tommy Gemmell, a key member of theLisbon Lions, died yesterday, itwas announced earlier today that the great Raymond Kopa has passed away at the age of 85.

Kopa is a footballing monument in France, having been the first Frenchman to win the Ballon d'Or and the first Frenchman to lift the European Cup, a feat he repeated three times during the three seasonshe spent as part of Real Madrid's celestialmid-to-late 1950s side Di Stefano, Puskas, Gento, etc.

Muckers: Brilliant Image Surfaces Of Burnley Teammates Robbie Brady And Jeff Hendrick Together At Boyhood Club (Photo)

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Over the course of the season so far, Burnley's dabbling in the transfer market has finally brought togethertwo of football's oldest muckers reunited at Turf Moor.

Indeed, Burnleybroke their transfer record to bring in Robbie Brady on deadline day, thus reunitingthe Irish midfielder with boyhood teammate Jeff Hendrick.

The Black-And-White Years: 15 Brilliant Vintage Photos Of England’s Age Auld Rivalry With Scotland

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In deepest, darkest November of 1872, England played Scotland in the first ever official international football match at the Hamilton Crescent cricket ground in Partick.

A crowd of 4,000 spectators paid a shilling apiece to watch the match finish goalless.There's more here.

The two nations had actually played each other fives time previous, but FIFA refuse to acknowledge those early games as full internationals as all five of the Scotland teams were merely made up of players draftedfrom the London area.

RIP Carlos Alberto Torres – 14 Fantastic Photos Of Brazil’s Legendary Flying Full-Back In His Pomp

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Tuesday evening brought with it the sad news that Carlos Alberto, captain of Brazil's all-conquering 1970 World Cup team, passed away at the age of 72.

As well as scoring one of the most iconic goals of all time in the final of said tournament, Alberto was and forever will be cherished as true legend of the game the archetype of the modern flying full-back.

The ‘Giant Toilet’ That George Best Built: Retrotastic Look Around Man Utd Legend’s 1969 Dream House (Photos)

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Back in 1969, aged 23 and at the peak of his celebrity, Manchester United star George Best decided to shovel around £35,000 into building his 'dream house' in Bramhall, near Stockport, Greater Manchester.

The building was designed by architect Frazer Crane (presumably with help from his brother Niles), who created a sleek, angular, modernist home that was covered roof-to-floor, inside and out, in thousands of rectangular white tiles leading many unimpressed locals tobluntly dub it a 'giant gents' toilet'.

The Black-And-White Years: 10 Corking Vintage Photos Of Dogs At Football Matches

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Barring the odd canine pitch invasion now and again, the sight ofdogs in attendanceat professional football matches islargely a thing of the past due to health and safety regulations, etc, etc.

However, there was a time when a man(women weren't invented back then) could bring his best friend to the game and nobody would bat an eyelid.

English Premier League

Ali Dia: Journalist Successfully Manages To Track Down Elusive Cult Hero, 20 Years After Legendary Southampton Debut

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Despite only ever playing less than an hour oftop flight football, there can be no doubt that Ali Dia is a Premier League legend in the truest sense of the word.

For the uninitiated (presuming there are any), Dia was signed by Graeme Sounness in 1996 after the shrewd Southampton manager received a personal tip-off from Dia's cousin, the similarly legendary George Weah, that the unknownSenegal forward, currently playing in the local non-leagues,was well worth a gamble.

Retro Football: ‘Table Of Shame’ Shows Ticket Prices For Inaugural Premier League Season, 1992/93 (Photo)

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The BBC have once again published the results of their annual 'Price of Football' study, which largely serves to prove that periodically rafflingoff visceral organs is the only way most fans can afford to watch their team play anymore.

That said, this year's study has found that almost two-third of ticket prices across the UK have either been frozen or reduced proving, at least in part, that some club's are trying to address the spiralling cost.

Newcastle United

Reports: Newcastle United ‘Hold Talks’ Over Return Of Iconic 1990s Shirt Sponsor

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Fantastic news for anybody permanently living in the past i.e, all Newcastle fans with the word on the wire being that the club are "in talks" with Newcastle Brown Ale to reinstate the brewery as their principal shirt sponsor.

The iconic big blue star graced the Newcastle kitthroughout the 1980s and into the mid-to-late 1990s, featuring prominently during the club's last flush of success.

Retro Football: Andy Cole Poses With AK-47 And Heavy Artillery To Shill For Pepsi Max, 1994 (Photos)

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Andy Cole first cultivated his reputation as a Premier League hotshot at Newcastle United, where he scored 69goals in 86 appearances over the course of his two seasons.

Given his outstanding predatoryprowess, it was only natural that brands were lining up to use his likeness to shilltheir wares.


10 Players Who Have Scored One Goal In Just One Appearance For England

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Plenty of perfectly decent players have only managed to score once for England over the years, with the likes of Andy Cole, David Hirst, Rodney Marsh, Alan Mullery, Stan Bowles and Carlton Palmer all failing to double their tally over the varying courses of their respective international careers.

However, there are a select band of England internationals who went one better, by scoring on their debut for the Three Lions and then leaving their immaculate 1:1 ratio completely untainted by failing to win a second cap.

On This Day In 2001: David Beckham Rescues England With Last-Ditch Freekick Against Greece (Video)

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Remember when, with immediate effect, David Beckham erased the memory of 92 shoddy minutes of tripe by sticking his 93rd-minute freekick past the Greece goalkeeper to sendEngland to the World Cup?

Yeah? Recall it? Well that was 15 years ago, buddy. Fifteen. Bloody. Years. Celtic now have players on their books who weren't even born at the moment Beckham's curler rustled into the net at Old Trafford.

Retro Football: Graham Taylor Politely Enquires As To Whether England Are Able To Knock It, 1992 (Video)

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On the occasion of his 72nd birthday, Pies thought we'd offer a humble congratulatory salute to one of our favourite footballing nice guys, the one and onlyGraham Taylor.

Reluctant to swear as if his mother might be listening, Taylor was a naturally gentle man who never quite seemedau fait with the blunt'pubs and clubs'dialect of the oafish Proper Football Men™ surrounding him.

The Rest

Retro Football: Here’s The £35-Per-Week Contract Manchester United Offered Goalkeeper Pat Dunne In 1965 (Photo)

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Pat Dunne in action for Manchester United (Photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

An image has surfaced on Reddit of what is purported to be the very contract that Manchester United offered to goalkeeper Pat Dunne in 1965.

Having joined from Shamrock Rovers the previous year, United decided to reward Dunne for playing his part in their 1964/65 title win by lavishing him with a bumper new contract.

The Outtakes From Peter Brackley’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2 Commentary Are Breathtakingly Hilarious (Audio)

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For many English football fans of a certain vintage, Peter Brackley's voice is synonymous with one thing and one thing only: Football Italia.

However, Channel 4's calciocommentator also lent his dulcet tones to most of the first incarnations of the Pro Evolution Soccer games, from Pro Evo 2 right through to Pro Evo 6 if memory serves.

On This Day In 1888: Preston The Big Winners As First Ever Football League Results Recorded

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A snapshot of football in 1888, via an engraving called 'The Association Game'

On this very day 128 years ago, the world's very first set of football league results were registered after the culmination of five fixtures played in England on 8th September, 1888.

Derby County and Preston North End were the big winners on that most momentous of afternoons, racking up comprehensive victories over Bolton Wanderers and Burnley respectively.