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Paul Parker: ‘I’d bring the lager. Rocky would bring Brandy and Babycham’

Thirty years on from starring in Italia 90, the full-back talks David Rocastle, Manchester United and his experiences with racismPaul Parker is getting goosebumps. He has spoken in the preceding hour and a half about the racism he faced in the 1970s an…

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Paul Parker: ‘I’d bring the lager. Rocky would bring Brandy and Babycham’

Thirty years on from starring in Italia 90, the full-back talks David Rocastle, Manchester United and his experiences with racismPaul Parker is getting goosebumps. He has spoken in the preceding hour and a half about the racism he faced in the 1970s an…

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Football quiz: Euro 2000

Euro 2000 kicked off in Brussels 20 years ago today. How much do you remember about the tournament?Champions League quizzes: 1995, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008 2012What was the significance of the opening match of the tournament being played at the King Baud…

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My favourite game: when Blackburn stunned Arsenal in the 2013 FA Cup | Michael Butler

As a Rovers fan living across the road from the Emirates, it was a great feeling to watch this scrappy win even from the home endIt is a wonderful thing to live next to a football ground. Every other week my road, bordering the Emirates Stadium, would …

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My favourite game: when Blackburn stunned Arsenal in the 2013 FA Cup | Michael Butler

As a Rovers fan living across the road from the Emirates, it was a great feeling to watch this scrappy win even from the home endIt is a wonderful thing to live next to a football ground. Every other week my road, bordering the Emirates Stadium, would …

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‘It was perfect’: 25 years on from the day Blackburn won the league

On the anniversary of Rovers clinching the title, we speak to some of the people involved on that final day at LiverpoolBlackburn had waited 81 years for another league title and led Manchester United by two points going into the final day of the 1994-…

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Football quiz: whose autobiographies featured these quotes?

Whose garden was ruined? Who chased money? Who got a tattoo? “It was about 2am and there was enough moonlight to see across my open-plan garden, unprotected by fences or even hedges … Vinnie jumped into his Mini and wheel-skidded it across the lawn. Th…

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The Fiver | Condemned to read Big Papers and the back of cereal packets

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver couldn’t help but raise a smile at the news that Rui Pinto – who might sound like a full-back of the early 2000s that tucked neatly behind Sérgio Conceição on the right flank but is actually …

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The Fiver | Condemned to read Big Papers and the back of cereal packets

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver couldn’t help but raise a smile at the news that Rui Pinto – who might sound like a full-back of the early 2000s that tucked neatly behind Sérgio Conceição on the right flank but is actually …

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Golf quiz: how much do you know about the Masters?

There will be no action at Augusta this week, but we can at least bring you 10 questions about golf’s most photogenic majorMore quizzes: iconic photos, assists, managers and rantsThe fourth hole at Augusta is now called Flowering Crabapple. What was it…

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The Fiver | The home brew is coming along and we’ve just signed Mike Duff

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Let’s face it, this year’s Euros were going to be pony. After a frenzied few months of Tin, Championship Manager 01-02 and rediscovering the concept of “baths”, can you imagine actually wanting to watc…

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Football transfer rumours: Dortmund to spend £30m on Jude Bellingham?

Today’s whispers are using their elbowsWhat will the transfer ‘market’ look like in a post-coronavirus-lockdown world? Will Paul Pogba ever make it out of south-west Manchester? Will José Mourinho manage to smuggle a striker into his dressing room via …

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Liverpool v West Ham: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldDavid Conn: how FFP helped restore LiverpoolEmail Michael here or tweet @michaelbutler18 7.35pm GMT Our first email, from Stephen Carr (the Stephen Carr?!).“Chomsky once said “if you’re not cynical, then you’…

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona given permission to sign Braithwaite?

Today’s whispers are floating down the wingIn today’s Absurd Football News, Barcelona have been given permission to sign a replacement for Ousmane Dembélé, a man so knacked by hamstring-twang that Barça players even took to the pitch at the weekend in …

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City exodus to set to begin?

Today’s rumours are feeling fancyA penny for the thoughts of the Manchester City players and staff on their way into training today. Perhaps they feel too attached to the club, or their contract, to think about leaving. Maybe Kevin De Bruyne isn’t real…

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Return of Taarabt: how Adel reinvented himself at Benfica

After four years on the sidelines, the Moroccan is now a snarling defensive midfielder and a key man for the derby with PortoAdel Taarabt has been called many things. Martin Jol, his manager at Tottenham, labelled him “a wizard”. A few years later at Q…

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Return of Taarabt: how Adel reinvented himself at Benfica

After four years on the sidelines, the Moroccan is now a snarling defensive midfielder and a key man for the derby with PortoAdel Taarabt has been called many things. Martin Jol, his manager at Tottenham, labelled him “a wizard”. A few years later at Q…

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Manchester City v Arsenal: Women’s Super League – live!

Live updates from the 2pm GMT kick-offCushing downplays sentiment for City farewellGet in touch with Michael on email or Twitter 2.03pm GMT Nobbs is being made to wait as the City players have their pre-match huddle with Cushing in front of the dugout….

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Euro transfers: Alcácer joins Villarreal from Dortmund, Piatek signs for Hertha

Spanish striker returns to La Liga for reported £19.4m (€23m)Krzysztof Piatek departs Milan after being linked with SpursVillarreal have made the surprise signing of Paco Alcácer from Borussia Dortmund, with the Spanish club reportedly breaking their t…

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Football rumours: Mauricio Pochettino to take over at Barcelona?

Today’s whispers had no idea it was a coverYou have to wonder where Ernesto Valverde’s head is at. Barcelona are top of the league, having walked La Liga last season and yet, the manager is under pressure at Camp Nou. In the past few days, after Barcel…