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The Fiver | Pulling up the drawbridge in the disingenuous name of progress

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We’re fast coming up to the 50th anniversary of one of the most infamous claims in the history of English football. “I think a lot of these foreign people are cowards, they play with a fear of defeat,” opined Malcolm Allison in the aftermath of Manchester City’s 1967-68 title win. “I promise you that next season City will attack these people as they haven’t been attacked since the old Real Madrid.” We’re also fast coming up to the 50th anniversary of Fenerbahçe bundling City out of Big Cup at the first hurdle. Some statements stand the test of time better than others, don’t they. Oh Mal!

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