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Author Archive for Richard Foster

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The highest scoring game in Euros history? The opener at the first finals

Yugoslavia beat France 5-4 in the opening game of the finals in 1960. That nine-goal haul has never been matched sinceBy Richard Foster for The Football MineThe opening matches of major tournaments are often cagey affairs. With neither side willing to …

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The Premier League’s 1,000 own goals: from Mark Crossley to Sergio Reguilón

Reguilón’s spectacular howler was the 1,000th own goal in the Premier League, giving us the perfect excuse to reminisce By Richard Foster for The Football MineThey are football’s equivalent of tragicomedies. Own goals litter the football landscape with…

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The Premier League’s 1,000 own goals: from Mark Crossley to Sergio Reguilón

Reguilón’s spectacular howler was the 1,000th own goal in the Premier League, giving us the perfect excuse to reminisce By Richard Foster for The Football MineThey are football’s equivalent of tragicomedies. Own goals litter the football landscape with…

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The day Irish footballers from north and south united to take on Brazil

The partition 100 years ago eventually led to two Irish teams but that divide was put aside for a day when Brazil visitedBy Richard Foster for The Football MineAs far as international friendlies are concerned, there is nothing more prestigious than pla…

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When Brentford won a Wembley cup final – with help from traffic police

Brentford won the London War Cup in 1942 thanks to two goals from Les Smith, whose car broke down en route to the finalBy Richard Foster for The Football MineAs soon as Brentford had beaten Newcastle United in the League Cup quarter-finals, talk centre…

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Youri Djorkaeff: ‘I was in love with England, its fans and weather’

The World Cup winner discusses his old teammates, his job at Fifa and why he rejected Liverpool for BoltonBy Richard Foster for The Football MineYouri Djorkaeff played alongside some of the greatest footballers of his generation. “Zizou was amazing,” h…

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Richard Riakporhe: ‘I felt the need to change the whole narrative’

Riakporhe was nearly killed in a brutal stabbing in London 15 years ago. Now he is working his way to a boxing world titleBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkRichard Riakporhe is between his morning training session and his afternoon hill r…

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When Arsenal beat Liverpool at Wembley to seal their first double

In one glorious week in the 1970-71 season, Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane and the FA Cup at WembleyBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkGiven that Liverpool and Arsenal have won so many trophies – 32 leagues titles, 21 FA Cups, 1…

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The view from the pubs at Griffin Park as Brentford miss out on promotion

Fans were hopeful, then despondent and finally defiant as their team lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off finalBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkIt is the night of the Championship play-off final and there is a tangible sense of an…

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The view from the pubs at Griffin Park as Brentford miss out on promotion

Fans were hopeful, then despondent and finally defiant as their team lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off finalBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkIt is the night of the Championship play-off final and there is a tangible sense of an…

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When Leeds, Leicester and Wolves were relegated together in 2004 | Richard Foster

The three clubs went down together 16 years ago. They have all made dramatic, topsy-turvy returns to the Premier LeagueBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkSixteen years have passed since Leeds last played a game in the top flight, the longe…

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From starters to five: a short history of football substitutions

Managers can make five subs in Premier League games. Long gone are the days when players battled on with broken bonesBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkMore than 170 years have passed since the first football substitutes were used on the p…

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The theatre company who are bringing back crowd noise for QPR

Autograph have worked in iconic theatres for 40 years. Now they are restoring the atmosphere at Loftus RoadBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkTV companies have been trying to overcome the issue of crowd noise since football returned in Eng…

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‘It was non-stop’: the club staff who looked after footballers in lockdown

There were no Premier League games for 100 days, but the club’s player care managers were busier than ever By Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkPremier League games stopped for 100 days, but some staff were busier than ever. Player care mana…

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The pools panel: three former players who never stopped in lockdown

David Sadler, Tony Green and Ian Callaghan have been working harder than ever with so many games postponed By Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkPremier League and Championship players have been out of action for three long months, but one th…

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The great escapes: how Crystal Palace fought off relegation and liquidation 10 years ago

Palace nearly folded a decade ago, but they were saved by two great interventions – one on the pitch and one off itBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkTen years ago today Crystal Palace fans celebrated the last-minute survival of their foot…

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‘I dance to Joe Wicks every morning’: football commentators in lockdown

Peter Drury and Guy Mowbray have been enjoying their time off, volunteering for the NHS, doing homework and keeping fitBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkEven during the current hiatus, Peter Drury is still spending time at a football grou…

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Quiz: the Football League play-offs

How much do you remember about the last 30 years of Wembley play-off finals?Who are the only club to have won play-off finals in successive years?Blackpool MillwallNotts CountyWolverhampton Wanderers Wembley has been hosting play-off finals since 1990….

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When Cambridge United won the first Wembley play-offs final 30 years ago

Cambridge had never played at Wembley before, making it a ‘totally bewilderingly extraordinary moment’ for one young fanBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkThirty years ago, Andy Williamson had an idea that would reshape the Football League…

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Celebrating the great inventors who changed football forever

Goal nets, shin pads and dugouts are now just part of football’s furniture, but they were once radical innovationsBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkBrodie, Colman and Widdowson may sound like a law firm, but these three names should be re…