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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.

Pies Classics: St Patrick’s Day Special – 10 English-Born Footballers Who Played For Republic Of Ireland

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As a doff of the wax cap to it beingSt Patrick's Day and all, Piesthought we'd have a little look-see at those gentlemen who, despite being born upon the sceptred shores of Albion, decided to represent the Republic of Ireland with pride at international level much like old Saint Paddy himself.

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.

Brickstand: 18 Fabulous Football Stadiums Recreated Entirely In Lego (Photos)

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A couple of years ago, a couple of intrepid chaps decided to make it their mission to recreate all 92 English and Scottish league football grounds using nothing but Lego.

As such, Brickstand was born.

Skip forward to present day and the fellows have now knocked out a cavalcadeof different stadiums old and new, and all of them are utterly fabulous!

Saluting The Departing Legend That Is Frank Lampard: His Greatest Hits

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He may be hanging up his boots a bona fide legend, but there was more to Frank Lampard than his oodles of goals and groaning trophy haul.

Here we look at his greatest achievementsoutside of his actual footballing CV...

1. His personal blog...

At the behest of sponsorsOrange, Lampard launched his very ownpersonal blog in the year of our Lord, 2007.

10 Unlikely Footballers Who Have Had A Bash At Modelling (Photos)

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Football and fashion. It's an irresistible combination.

That said, for every David Beckham or Freddie Ljungberg, there is an equal and opposite reaction...

Slaven Bilic

Smouldering in monochrome, hewn from purest Croatian granite...

Andy Carroll

When Alexander McQueen debuted his new line of Victorian PE kit for centaurs, there was only one man-pony he could call.

Gossip Column Stalwarts: 10 Players Relentlessly Linked With Premier League Clubs Who Never Made The Move

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When it comes to filling up the footballing gossip columns, imagination isn't usually high on the list of requirements.

Scored a decent goal or put in a decent shift on the television last night? You're more than likely going to find your name crow-barred into a cookie-cuttertransfer rumour the following morning.

FIFA: Lionel Messi, Neymar And Hal Robson-Kanu All Included On Shortlist For 2016 Puskas Awards (Video)

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It's that time of year again and FIFA have cobbled together their pickof the 10 most beautiful goals scored to form the shortlist for the 2016 Puskas Award.

This year's rundown features goals scored in Malaysia, Sweden and Venezuela, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Hal Robson-Kanu among the more establishednames to make the cut.

15 Weird, Wonderful And/Or Scarcely Believable Ballon d’Or Nominees From Over The Years

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With the Ballon d'Or long-list pumped out yesterday, Pies thought we'd have a look at some of the stranger names to have received nominations over the years.

We've only included nominees dating from1990 onwards, specifically because we couldn't be bothered to trawl back any further than that.

A Timely Salute To 5 Football Managers Who Got Themselves Sacked In Style

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With the curious, if slightly tame, tale of Sam Allardyce dominating the back pages at the moment, Pies thought we'd herald five managerial employees who had the good grace to get themselves sacked with a bit of panache.

By which, of course, we mean illicit drug use, going AWOL, fighting, more fighting and a spectacular feat of petty theft.

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.

10 Maverick, Muscular And Meaty Predictions For The 2016/17 Premier League Season

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It's that time of year again. Time for you to deftly remove yourself from your tenterhooks people, for Pies are about to lay down a platter full of succulent, meaty predictions for the 2016/17 Premier League season.

There's really no need to go back and check last year's offering because they were all spot on as per usual.

10 Premier League Players In Desperate Need Of A Big Season

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With the Premier League currently defrosting on the kitchen sideboard ahead of the big re-thaw the weekend after next, Pies thought we'd run the rule over a tensome ofoff-the-boil players who are in dire need of putting in a big'n.

Without further ado, in we doth delve...

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal): While there's no need to be over-dramatic (he's still only 22, after all), The Ox needs to start convincing folkthat he's more than just the undisputed prince of the pre-season, zero pressure wonder goal and start bedding himself in properly at Arsenal.

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.

Don'tsay we nevertreat you...

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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.

15 Big-Named Foreign Players You Might Have Forgotten Played In The Premier League

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As part of Pies' ongoing mini nostalgia-fest, we thought we'd follow up our compendiumof elderlyfootballers still plugging away out thereby cobbling together a list of some of the big names whose Premier League exploits may have slipped from your consciousness over time.

Let's delve in, starting with the man in the photo above.

Blasts From The Past: 20 Former Premier League Footballers You Probably Won’t Believe Are Still Playing

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With the shock news today that Alex Manninger has been training with Liverpool with a permanent deal on the cards, we thought we'd scout around and cobble together a list of some of the other ageing ex-Premier League pros that you assumed retired years ago but are in fact still plugging away out there.

When The Worlds Of Rock N’ Roll And Goalkeeping Combine: Five Fascinating Musical Facts About Goalies

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Mix it up a wee bit, my editor said. So I got to 4th May, and I notedthat on his day in 1966, the great Peter Shilton made the first of his record 1,005 football league appearances when he stepped up between the sticks for Leicester City (whatever happened to them?) against Everton.

That would normally be the cue to spin headlong into a list of the best goalkeepers of all time or the worst goalkeeper of all time or the Top 10 goalkeepers most likely to have owned Vauxhall Cavaliers at some point in their lives, etc, etc.

Classic Kit Clashes: A Brief History Of Football’s Fashion Faux Pas

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This coming weekend marks the 19th anniversary of the day a clash of blue-hued kitssaw Chelsea forced to take to the field against Coventry City at Highfield Road wearing the home side's chequered away kit. A memorable afternoon, particularly for City's shirt sponsors, Peugeot.

To that end, here's a light smattering ofother notable kit clash incidents.

Football’s Finest: The Best Of April Fool’s Day 2016

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Right, let's get this out of the way up top shall we? As you're well aware, t'is April Fool's Day today so the football clubs of the land have been busy pumping dross out onto the internet to celebrate.

Here's the best...

Southampton launch new club crest

Complete with an emoji.


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.

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.

Classic Klinsmann: Key Moments In Jurgen’s Time At Tottenham, 22 Years On From The Day He Signed

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When Jurgen Klinsmann signed for Tottenham 22 years ago today, it was a genuinely jaw-dropping moment.

With the Premier League still in its infancy, top tiersignings were not yet two-a-penny, and Klinsmann was arguably the hottest property in world football – a genuine superstar.

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.

Empty Terraces: The Grim Day Arsenal Only Managed 4,500 At Highbury And Several Other Similarly Sparse Examples

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On 5th May 1966, just a couple of months before English football's finest hour, a sparsecrowd of just 4,554 fans turned up at Highbury to watch Arsenal play Leeds.

The average home attendance that season was roughly 30,000. The Gunners lost 3-0, possibly vindicating those who stayed away.

Patrick Bamford

Missing Men: XI Premier League Summer Transfers You’ve Already Forgotten About

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As the six-monthly turnover of players continues to swell, it's becoming increasingly easy to lose track of the flotsam and jetsom circulating through the Premier League.

To that end, Pies thought we'd provide a handy recapof several summer acquisitions that have made so slight an impact that you've probably already let their transfers slip from your memory.

14 Footballers Who Seem To Have Spent Their Entire Careers Out On Loan

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On the day that Patrick Bamfordbecame the 25th player to be loaned out by Chelsea so far this summer, Pies hought we'd examine some of the professionals out there who seem to have spent their entire careers in a state of loaned-out flux.

As it happens, the Blues have a lot to answer for.

Kits & fashion

XI Delicious Photos Of Footballers Enjoying A Nice Bit Of Chocolate

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If only all football/chocolate tie-inwere so cool, eh?

In what is perhaps the most tenuous tie-in we've ever attempted here on Pies, here's XIphotos of football's great and good getting stuck into various chocolatey treats.

After all, what better way to mark 'International Chocolate Day' than revisiting that time Jerzy Dudek painted an Easter egg?

Shit Football Ink: 20 Of The Worst Footballer’s Tattoos Ever Committed To Skin (Photos)

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He's even included the trademark symbol for crying out loud!

As a doff of the cap to Mark Clattenburg's outstanding new UEFA-approved tattoos, Pies deemed now to be as good a time as any to examine some of the very worst, most misguided examples of footballing body art to have been committed toepidermis in recent years.

Lilywhite Lovelies: Six Of The Best Classic Tottenham Shirts

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A new kit launch always prompts fierce debate, and this week's launch of the new Tottenham kits was no different. Initial reaction was that the navy second kit was the best of the bunch, with the yellowy/gold-ish third shirt attracting flak.

One of the kinder observations was that it would make the players look like giant Caramac bars, while one Twitterwag wondered whether the 10 stripes represented the number of hours it takes to get served a half-time pint at White Hart Lane.

Poking The Bear: Zenit St Petersburg Hit Back After Daily Mail Include Club Crest In ‘Worst Ever’ List

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By Joseph Viney (@jjviney)

The Daily Mail is famous for its incendiary attitude. It regularly invites anger and scorn from the population over how it portrays some of their subjects.

When they're not referring toan 8-year-old girl as a "leggy beauty", then they're attacking the dead fathers of prominent British politicians.

EURO 2016

Everton Bump Up Romelu Lukaku’s Asking Price To Whopping £75m To Ward Off Chelsea Vultures

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Chelsea are currently fourth in the reckoningwith to finish top of the Premier League pile this coming season, down below Arsenal, Man Utd and outright favourites Man City.

With a long-lost title to reclaim, new coach Antonio Conte has already set about adding a little more auxiliary firepower to his new squad with the acquisition ofMichy Batshuayi but it would seem that the ex-Marseille striker isn't the only big name Belgium international on the Blues' summer shopping list.

Pies’ Pick: The 10 Most Impressive Players At Euro 2016

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Whereas UEFA have seen fit to crown Dimitri Payet as their player of the tournament, Pies thought we'd take the time to credit a few of the other players that have impressed us in one capacity or another over the duration of Euro 2016.

Just so you're aware, we've deliberately eschewed the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Gigi Buffon and Gareth Bale, who have already had their fair share of the plaudits.

The BIG Question: Pick Your England Squad For Euro 2016

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The big(ish) news today is that Roy Hodgson is planning toannounce his England squad for Euro 2016 on Thursday,a fullthree weeks before UEFA's deadline on 31st May.

Having seen a number of prominent players succumb to injuries over the past couple of weeks, Hodgson is reportedly cobbling together a provisional squad that will includeseveral more players than the 23 he'll eventually be taking to France in the summer.

The Rest

Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

12 Inspirational Quotes From Sam Allardyce’s Autobiography

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Samuel Allardyce's book, 'Big Sam: The Autobiography' was published in late 2015, several months after he'd parted company with West Ham and several weeks before he took over at Sunderland.

With the man himself on the very precipice of taking over as England manager, we thought we'd have a timely dive into his pysche to see what makes him tick.

Top 10 Cricketing Footballers (And Vice-Versa)

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For absolutely no reason whatsoever, Pies have decided today is the day to pay tribute to those multi-talented, sporting Swiss army knives who not only found success as professional footballers, but also turned their hands to first-class cricket too.

Let's dig in...

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Ian Botham

Sir Beefy made his debut as a footballer for Scunthorpe United in March 1980.

Pies’ 2015/16 Alternative Premier League Team Of The Season

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Now that the PFA have had their turn, Pies thought we'd have a stab at cobbling together an alternative Premier League Team of the Year for 2016/17, comprised of players who have impressed us for a variety of reasons over the course of this topsy-turvy campaign.

Let's delve in, starting with ourgoalie of choice.

Singapore ‘Keeper Hassan Sunny Assumed Surprise Inclusion On ‘World’s Top 20 Goalkeepers’ List Was An April Fool’s Joke

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The veteran Singaporean goalkeeper who found his way into the Daily Telegraph's rundown of the top 20 goalkeepers in world football has admitted that he assumed his inclusion on the list was an April Fool's Day joke.

The Telegraph named Hassan Sunny as the 18th best stopper currently active, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois, Joe Hart, David De Gea, Petr Cech and Gigi Buffon.

On The Anniversary Of The First Ibrox Stadium Disaster, Football’s Sombre Roll Call…

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A sombre note today on the anniversary of the first major disaster in football. On 5th April 1902, at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, a section of the stand collapsed during a match, killing 26 people and injuring 517 more.

Scotland were playing England in a British Home Championship match at the time when, 51 minutes in, the terracing on the newly-built West Tribune Stand caved in sent hundreds of fans plummeting over 40 feet to the ground.

Woollen Kits, Left-Footed Balls & Lady Gaga: Classic April Fool’s Day Football Pranks

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Gotcha. Football is ripe for April Fool's Day pranks, and in recent years much fun has been had in the name of seasonal foolery.

Here's but a few choice examples to revisit.

In 2015, the Daily Star reported that Manchester united star Wayne Rooney had a dirty great Liver bird tattooed on his arm.