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Eight Famous Football Grounds We’ve Said Goodbye To Over The Years

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This week has seen much written about West Ham's Boleyn Ground which the club areleaving to move into theircavernous new home at the Olympic Stadium ahead of next season.

Given the media furore you'd think they were the first, but in fact the Hammersare in the process ofbecoming the eighth of the current Premier League sides to have moved to a new stadium over the years.

20 Beautiful Vintage Photos Of Goalkeepers In Flight

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By Chris Wright

Brought to you in no particular order, 20(ish) beautiful vintage photos of goalkeepers captured elegantly in mid-flight, plucked straight from Pies' archives...

Pat Jennings and his handsome sideburns in action during a Tottenham training session, 1973

Barnsley goalkeeper Pat Kelly dives to claim the ball as it's played across his penalty area during a Division Two match against West Ham, 1949

Millwall goalkeeper Brian King reaches for a ball thrown by the cameraman's assistant during a pre-season photocall, 1969

Chelsea goalkeeper Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti makes a flying save as teammate Eddie McCreadie watches on during the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, 1965

Racing Club goalkeeper Landi almost poleaxes himself while making a save against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly, 1948

Stoke goalkeeper Gordon Banks saves a penalty from West Ham's Geoff Hurst in the last minute of extra time to earn his team a replay in the semi-final of the League Cup, 1971

Legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev 'The Black Spider' Yashin makes an iconic save from Italy's Sandro Mazzola at Sunderland's Roker Park during the 1966 World Cup

Sunderland goalkeeper Willie Fraser springs full-length in vain as Charlton score on a barren pitch at The Valley, 1956

England centre-forward Jimmy Greaves makes a leaping save as he fools around in goal, watched by a small group of fans and goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, 1966

Gordon Banks puffs out his cheeks and leaps to make a save during England's 1-0 win over Hungary at Wembley, 1965

Despite his dapper cap, Peru goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso is beaten by one of Romania's three goals in a World Cup group game in Uruguay, 1930

Spanish goalkeeper Carmelo Cedrun arches his back to save a high shot in the closing minutes of a game against England at Wembley, 1955

The Korean goalkeeper rises to punch clear and thwart a Mexico attack during the 1948 Olympic Games in London

Southampton goalkeeper Eric Martin swings on the crossbar as the ball flies over the bar during a game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsbrough, 1969

Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg pushes a shot safely outside the post during an FA Cup semi-final match against Aston Villa, 1958

Luton's Roy Baynham saves a ball during England practice at Stamford Bridge, 1955

Bishop Auckland goalkeeper Harry Sharratt stops Crook Town from scoring during the FA Amateur Cup Final at Newcastle's St James' Park, 1954

Tottenham goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn takes to the air to make a brilliant clearance against Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, 1954

Charlton goalkeeper Willie Duff makes an acrobatic save during a training session at The Valley, 1961

A graceful dive by Watford goalkeeper Dave Underwood fails to stop a penalty taken by Carlisle left half Peter McConnell during a snow-bound Division Three game at Vicarage Road, 1962

Blackpool goalkeeper Gordon West is rendered agog by his own miraculous save during a match against Arsenal at Highbury, 1961.

The Black-And-White Years: 15 Glorious Football Photos From The Archives

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By Chris Wright

Nothing more, nothing less just ten brilliant photos pulled from the PA's bulging goldmine/archive at random...

Graffitied on a Manchester wall; the Tottenham Hotspur line-up, 1968

Chelsea captain Ron 'Chopper' Harris leads his team out (followed by goalkeeper Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti) ahead of the Blues' FA Cup fourth-round replay against Preston North End, 1969

Manchester United's Denis Law is beaten to the ball in an airbourne duel with Rapid Vienna goalkeeper Fuchsbicher during the first-leg of the European Cup Quarter Final at Old Trafford, 1969

Accompanied in shot by Jimmy Greaves, Stanley Matthews quite literally hangs up his boots after making his final appearance for Stoke City at his star-studded testimonial game, 1965

The three recipients of the Golden Shoe Award for the 1982/83 season pose with a huge Adidas boot, from left: Steve Cammack (Div.

Newcastle United

46 Years Since Newcastle Last Lost Successive Derby Games

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The last time Newcastle suffered a second successive defeat by local rivals Sunderland was on 3rd March 1967, losing 3-0 at Roker Park after losing 3-0 at St. James Park on 28th October, 1966, so that's 46 years ago. But it happened yesterday and like it or not but these players will now be remembered [.

Time to build momentum + Arsecast 228

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Right then, after a week which has been dominated by two craggy faced managers (so much so that Fabio Capello was in my post-apocalyptic dream last night wearing a gigantic gold hooped earring), it's time to turn our attention to the stuff that really matters.

Arsenal play Sunderland tomorrow and under Martin O'Neill they've been about 61 times better than they were under Mrs Doubtfire.

City did not learn from a 60 year old failed ‘Project’

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"The more things change the more they remain the same" is a saying which has been around since Adam was a boy. I have no idea where it originally came from but it's difficult to argue against the...

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Some Santi stuff + Arsecast 266

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Morning all, it's still very quiet as we prepare for Sunderland tomorrow.

I suppose that's because the players who were away came back yesterday in dribs and drabs, and after medical assessments the only real training session will be this morning. At that point the manager will have a better idea of who he's got available for the trip to Roker Park.