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Broadcaster Mark Webster Joins The Team

MarkQUIZ1LR_1_BOBBY is delighted to announce a new signing as Mark Webster joins the team as a columnist.

Mark will be a familiar face to most of you having presented numerous TV shows over the years, including Live and Dangerous with Kevin Day and hosting NBA, NFL, NHL and IndyCar coverage for Five.

Mark is also a talented script writer whose credits include Never Mind the Buzzcocks and A League of Their Own. On the radio he has previously hosted breakfast shows for KISS FM and Xfm.

As a writer Mark is a regular contributor to magazines such as GQ, Loaded and The Face, and his passions include Soul music and West Ham United.

Twitter: @ItsMarkWebster


Sansom Back on Track with Glenn
Rob Shepherd

By Rob Shepherd.

Kenny Sansom came out of rehab yesterday and hit a bar – but was sober as a judge as he accepted a role to become a judge at Glenn Hoddle’s new Zapstarz soccer school.

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Glenn and Kenny were in great form at Planet Hollywood

Ex-Arsenal star Sansom entered rehab last month after admitting drink and gambling addictions which had sent his life into such decline that he was homeless and left sleeping rough on a park bench in South East London.

But with the help of his family and the PFA Sansom, 55, faced up to his demons and embarked on a rehabilitation course at private clinic.

Sansom, who won 86 England caps, was “released” yesterday and then met up with former team mate Hoddle at Planet Hollywood in London’s Haymarket where the ex-England boss was launching a new project to develop and coach young players between the age of 8 and 16.

And Hoddle wants to aid Sansom’s recovery by offering him a role in the coaching scheme where he can help judge the best kids and even unearth a young England star for the future with an interactive coaching course via the web on Zapsportz.com.

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Glenn and Kenny enjoy some tennis on tour with England in 1985

Sansom looked in good health and said: “It is great to be here where the real people are…in the bar! Only joking. I am feeling great and I’m perfectly comfortable in an environment like this. It’s great to be among old friends. And I am looking forward to helping Glenn.

“But as they say I am taking each day as it comes.”

Hoddle added: “This project is about developing young players with basis skills but also we hope to find some starts for the future who might have slipped through the system. It is great to have Kenny on board. He’s looking good. He’s had some problems but it’s a pleasure to be of help.”

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Coming soon: How Hoddle and Sansom almost brought down the Argentineans – but were stopped by one of their own! Find out who at BobbyFC.com

 


The Auldies Were Goodies:
England v Scotland Remembered
Steve Curry

The oldest rivalry in international football will be renewed on August 14th when Scotland visit Wembley as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary calendar.

The two ‘Auld Enemies first met in Partick in November 1872 when the match finished goalless in front of 4,000 fans. What was once an annual fixture has not been played since the European Championship play-offs in 2000.

However past conflicts provoke debate and stir memories and here STEVE CURRY recalls two of the most memorable, one for fans north of the border, the other recalling a famous victory for England.

ENGLAND 2 SCOTLAND 3

April 15th, 1967 Wembley
European Championship qualifier

There was bitter-sweet poignancy for Scottish fans from this victory. They claimed it made them unofficial world champions but it was England who progressed to the European Championship finals in Italyin 1968.

North of the border they had squirmed eight months earlier when Bobby Moore had lifted the World Cup on this hallowed turf but here was their chance to exact some kind of retribution.

The Tartan Army moving south numbered 30,000 and they were to produce a cacophony rarely matched in the long history of the old Wembley.

It was manager Bobby Brown’s first game in charge but at his disposal was some of Britain’s finest talent. John Greig was leading out mystical players…Jim Baxter, Denis Law and Bill Bremner among them.

Anecdote has it that during Brown’s pre-match team talk, Slim Jim Baxter sat in a corner reading the Racing Post. When Brown said: “Anything to add, Jim” he replied “See this England side, they can play nane” At which he stretched his left leg, then his right and said “OK that’s me warmed up”

If that was not exactly true there was some wonderment from my seat at the way the Scots moved the ball like inspired brushstrokes from an artist and it was therefore no shock when Law scored in the 28th minute.

England had been on an unbeaten run of 19 games and this was not in the script by it was the denouement of the game that was to make it the stuff of folklore.

So swaggering was Baxter, so confident of his own ability and that of his team, he began to play keepy-uppy out near the corner flag with Nobby Stiles not more and a yard away.

When Bobby Lennox added a second goal in the 78th minute it triggered a remarkable finale. First Jack Charlton, who had been injured earlier in the game, pulled a goal back in his switched role of centre-forward.

But within two minutes Jim McCalliog had restored Scotland’s lead and Geoff Hurst’s header 60 seconds later came too late for an embarrassed England.

The hordes came spilling onto the pitch carving out lumps of the Wembley turf and wrapping it in newspaper to take home as souvenirs of the day Scotland became UFWC – Unofficial Football World Champions.

ENGLAND 9 SCOTLAND 3

April 15th, 1961 Wembley
Home International Championship

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Jimmy Greaves scores England’s third goal in the 9-3 rout of Scotland at Wembley in April 1961 in front of 97,000

England were on a roll at the start of the 1960-61 season. They had been told by Walter Winterbottom at the start of the season that the players selected for the first game of the season that that squad would be the basis

for the World Cup assault the following year in Chile.

It triggered an avalanche of goals, five against Northern Ireland, nine against Luxembourg, four against Spain and five against Wales going into the the biennial game against Scotland at Wembley.

As Jimmy Armfield, the ever-reliable right-back reflects: “The England v Scotland were ultra competitive. Half our team at Blackpool were Scots and our five-a-sides became so physical the manager had to stop them.”

There was nothing to suggest this latest Wembley meeting would be any different with a Scottish side that boasted Dave Mackay and Billy Bremner, neither a shrinking violet, not to mention Billy McNeill and Davie Wilson.

But then England were bursting with confidence, Jimmy Greaves on fire and Bobby Smith using his weight to some effect. And in mid-field the pairing of Bobby Robson and Johnny Haynes, the skipper, was just as formidable.

Armfield says: “There was little in the way of TV footage in the early Sixties so maybe we remember ourselves as better players than we really were. But if memory serves we were pretty tasty in that match.”

That was the way it seemed in the opening 30 minutes of the game with England careering into a three-goal lead, Robson opening the scoring and Greaves grabbing two in ten minutes

Haynes of the silken pass and first £100 per week pay packet, controlled the game from mid-field with his broad vision and Blackburn’s jinking little winger Bryan Douglas was dribbling his day down the right .

When barrel-chested Mackay pulled a goal back just after half-time and Wilson added a second five minutes later it seemed as if the Scots might have worked their way back into the game.

Step in first Douglas and then Smith to restore England’s nerve and though Patrick Quinn made it 5-3 Haynes took over with two in three minutes. And when Greaves and Smith scored their second goals in the last eight minutes the roiut was complete.

Poor Celtic keeper Frank Haffey was totally shell-shocked, never really recovering from what had been, for him, a nightmare afternoon. The torment lingered on as up in Scotland the gag “What’s the time? Nearly ten past Haffey”

Eventually Haffey decided to get away from it all and emigrated to Australia and eventually went into the entertainment business as a cabaret singer, a far cry from life in post-war Glasgow and well away from his worst nightmare.

by Steve Curry