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The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and…

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The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and…

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A trophy that José Mourinho has never won | Brief letters

Women’s football | Premier League | José Mourinho | University Challenge | Teaching about PeterlooBarry Glendenning’s defence of women’s football (Game’s dinosaurs still have an axe to grind but it’s getting duller by the day, Sport, 27 August) wo…

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Jimmy McIlroy: a footballer who graced his team and his town | Letters

John Lingard on Jimmy McIlroy, Steve Rigby on the first black football manager, and Patrick Vallance on Manchester UnitedBrian Glanville’s obituary of Jimmy McIlroy (21 August) was factually comprehensive but fails to capture his class, skill and footb…

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters

Alan Gilzean | Eldorado at the BBC | Motorway speeds | Morris Minors | Fake newsRumour has it that the only reason Alan Gilzean (Obituary, 12 July) stayed with Tottenham Hotspur after Jimmy Greaves left was that with the advent of substitutions, the Sp…

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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters

Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (J-force give Sunderland followers some respite, 12 July). …

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Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters

Graham Kelly on football psychology | A Minor marriage | Morris Minus | Jeremy Hunt | PuffinsAlthough a respected sports scientist accompanied England manager Bobby Robson to Italia 90, the Football Association was not so attuned then to the psychology…

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As England head for World Cup semi-final, back home, they think it’s all over | Letters

Nick Barton thanks Sam Allardyce for his sacrifice, Liz Fuller anoints Gareth Southgate as the greatest living Englishman, and Mike Bor says Shakespeare nailed itUnfortunate for him, of course, but I think we should take a moment to thank Sam Allardyce…

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Fly the flag for a nation at peace | Letters

Indian cricket supporters cheered on England at football, says Lynn Maree. And the World Cup has worked wonders for Russia, writes Tim Barlow“I’m having a bit of an English flag moment,” says Suzanne Moore (6 July). On Tuesday we went to Old Trafford i…

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Come on, England! The nation (and economy) depend on you | Letters

Readers look forward to the England football team’s World Cup quarter final match against SwedenAs a patriotic UK citizen, Labour supporter and resident of a north Midlands town hollowed out by deindustrialisation, I agree with much of what Larry Ellio…

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters

Readers on the dearth of non-white managers, Amazon’s entry to the broadcasting Premier League, rail seating at football grounds, and the World CupWe have no doubt at all that there are many white men in football who react adversely to “outspoken black…

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When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters

Arthur C Clarke | Vegan tropes | Hadrian’s Wall | Honoured Liverpool FC players | Morris MinorsAs with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (Letters, 14 June) in his short story Before Eden, published in Amazing&nbs…

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Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters

Manchester town hall | Funeral ads | Atheist appeals to God | Neville Southall | Dom BessWhile I am broadly in agreement with Simon Jenkins about the government getting it wrong on urban renewal in the regions (Relocating a few TV execs won’t revive ou…

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Another line in the David Beckham tattoo saga | Brief letters

Michael Martin | Sajid Javid’s pose | Crossword clue | David Beckham’s tattoo | SpellcheckerYou report that Lord Martin (Obituary, 30 April) was the last Speaker of the House of Commons to resign “since Sir John Trevor in 1695”. This is, to put it kind…

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David Beckham’s tattoos are just fine in Hindi | Brief letters

David Beckham’s Sanskrit | Apple autocorrection | Street names | Keeping meetings brief | Windrush alePlease can we sink for ever the notion of David Beckham’s “misspelt Sanskrit/Hindi tattoo” (Inking big: is Becks “addicted” to tats?, G2, 2 May)? Both…

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Wembley stadium and lessons from cricket for the FA | Letters

Readers including former FA chief executive Graham Kelly respond to news that the FA is considering selling Wembley to Fulham owner Shahid Khan in a £900m dealDavid Conn’s report on the Football Association’s proposal to sell Wembley (Sport, 27 April) …

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Ray Wilkins had clever feet and a clever mind | Brief letters

London’s gang violence | Mo Mowlam | Ray Wilkins | Spring lambs | Easter bunnies | KakuroWhen is someone going to notice that gang violence only occurs where there is acute poverty (Police ‘have lost control of the streets’, 6 April)? Or is that too bi…

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The state of 21st-century football | Letters

In his day, skinhead thuggery was endemic and football hard men stalked every match in his day, writes Richard Tippett. It’s the teenage daughter of Carragher’s target I feel sorry for, writes Joe McCarthyI laughed at almost every line of Anthony Clava…