There have been some truly absorbing games since the Premier League began. Whether it be a crucial six-pointer or a cagey, tight title clincher, we have all experienced highs, lows and extraordinary matches.
One such match that fits the bill took place 10 years ago today. Oh, how time flies.
White Hart Lane was the venue for Tottenham Vs Reading. A premier League encounter that gave us a result nobody could have predicted. I doubt anybody put money on it. If you did, please give me a call and share your incredible knowledge/luck.
The first half was relatively tame. Well, compared to the 2nd half goalfest that was to come anyway. Spurs took the lead after only 7 minutes through Dimitar Berbatov with a tap-in.
Within 10 minutes Kalifa Cisse had levelled for Reading, and that was it for the first half. A seemingly routine Premier League clash that looked as if it could go either way.
Only 8 minutes into the 2nd half, Ivar Ingimarsson headed the Royals ahead, only to see Berbatov fire home an equaliser after 63 minutes.
The floodgates were well and truly open. Reading recaptured the lead on 69 minutes with Dave Kitson heading home a Nicky Shorey corner. The lead was again short-lived as Berbatov completely his hat-trick 4 minutes later.
Surely we wouldn’t see too many more goals? Oh, yes we would. Straight from the restart, Kitson added his 2nd and Reading were back in the lead for the 3rd time.
Into the final quarter of an hour and Tottenham refused to lie down. Steed Malbranque was next on the scoresheet to make it 4-4.
79 minutes on the clock and the home side were awarded a penalty. Yet more drama was to ensue as Robbie Keane saw his penalty saved, only for Jermaine Defoe to head in the rebound……… 5-4!
How would this astonishing game end?
That man Berbatov completed his man of the match performance by adding his 4th and Spurs 6th to give us a final score of Tottenham Hotspur 6 Reading 4.
Not one for those of us that like to see good defending, and I’m sure both managers joined fans in tearing their hair out at times.
Steve Coppell: It was great entertainment and if you were impartial it would have been a magnificent game to watch.
Gus Poyet: It was a great game for Match Of The Day, but not a great game if you were one of the managers
One thing is for sure is it was a game that offered entertainment of the highest level. Two teams refusing to lie down and fight till the bitter end. There have been others and maybe, just maybe we might see something similar this coming weekend.
I am very happy and very proud. I came here very young and am very happy to continue my journey here. I love this club so it’s a great moment for me and my family. Now I want to establish myself and progress into the team and stay here permanently.’
The young Begian spent last season on loan at La Liga club Real Betis. This season the 21 year old has been a regular addition to the first team squad and made his full debut in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest, a game in which he scored. He has gone on to make a total of 5 appearances and is seen as having huge potential to become a star at Stamford Bridge.
Recently I embarked on selling some of my old shirts. Difficult decisions being made as many have memories and sentimental value that stops me even considering parting with them. One such shirt that I did sell is this Chelsea Away Shirt circa 1994-96. Yes, that odd tangerine and graphite number donned by the likes of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes amongst others.
With this in mind it got me thinking about some of the odd looking shirts that have been available over the years. Whether it be the colour or the design, there have certainly been some, well, unusual to put it politely creations
Here are a few others that have sparked debate. Iconic or eyesore?
Just what were Arsenal thinking with this creation in 1991? I suppose as League Champions they were allowed to do what they like.
Stoke City may have upstaged that with this 1993 away shirt. Tie dye was popular back then, but not a football field surely.
Next up is a quite well known and often mentioned in these type of discussions. Yes! It’s Norwich City. Kind of looks like a dress your grandmother would wesr. But to be fair to the boys from East Anglia, I always think of Jeremy Goss in Munich when I see this.
Finally an eyesore before it’s time. Yes it’s Coventry City’s somewhat famous brown kit from 1979 to 1981. Bourbon biscuit springs to mind.
There are plenty of other eyesores. Comment below and send us your pics.
A Quick Chat is a new idea that I wish to add to the blog. It’s an exciting project where I hope to be able to have a ‘quick chat’ with former players and others associated with the beautiful game asking them some simple questions about their career and what they are doing now.
The first instalment will be coming up soon. So keep an eye out here and follow us on Twitter
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It’s incredible to think that after all the excitement of the transfer window that here we are a whole two weeks later and there are still some well known names without a club.
Whether it’s wage demands, environment, fitness or simply a lack of interest that is stopping them finding a club is anyone’s guess.
Here is a list of players who surely should have a contract and a pen being thrust in front of them soon enough…..
Joleon has recently turned 35, but surely his wealth of experience from his days at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City will see him earn a deal somewhere soon. Capped 26 times for England, he was most recently at Sunderland.
The30 year old American born Italian started at Manchester United having come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Although he didn’t become a permanent fixture, he did go on to star for Villareal as well as a spell at Fiorentina. Short loans spells back in Spain are yet to secure him a permanent deal. He does boast 30 caps for Italy.
3. Rickie Lambert
Having made his name in the football league. The Liverpool born hitman first came into the public eye after impressing for Southampton. A dream move to his home town club was short lived. But he has enjoyed spells at West Brom and Cardiff since. Lambert also gained 11 England caps.
4. Jose Antonio Reyes
The 34 year old has bags of experience and success under his belt as he lists Sevilla (twice) Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica and more recently Espanyol as former clubs. 21 caps adds to the Spaniards glowing CV.
5. Abou Diaby
Now 31, the former Arsenal midfielder has spent the last 2 years back in his homeland with Marseille
6. Mathieu Flamini
The Frenchman has enjoyed a fruitful career that’s included 2 spells in North London with Arsenal, separated by 5 years at AC Milan. He spent last year at Crystal Palace but found appearances hard to come by.
7. Shay Given
The Irishman is now 41 and will not have a lot of time left in him as a professional. But goalkeepers do tend to have a more prolonged career in comparison to outfield players. Shay has a lot of experience to call on having made his name at Newcastle. He went on to experience success at Man City and enjoyed other spells in the top flight with Aston Villa and Stoke City. In addition he was capped no fewer than 134 times by the Republic of Ireland.
The 30 year old Welsh international midfielder has recently been released by Crystal Palace. Capped 73 times, the former Cardiff man has plenty left in him to continue to play at the top level.
9. Jay Spearing
The former Liverpool man is still only 28 and having most recently been at Bolton Wanderers he will surely find a club at a similar level soon after failing to agree terms on a new deal.
10. Matty Fryatt
Now 31 the striker has plenty of experience in England’s top 2 divisions after spells with Leicester City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. 134 career goals suggests he could still do a job in the football league.
So would you like to see any of these players plying their trade at your club?
64 years ago today the USA entertained England at the iconic Yankee Stadium in New York. It was the first time England were to play under floodlights. The friendly attracted a crowd of 7,271.
England took the lead just before half time with a goal from Ivor Broadis.
The 2nd half saw a glut of goals….. 2 from Nat Lofthouse and another from Tom Finney put the three lions into a comfortable 4-0 lead. However, the stars and stripes hit back with Otto Decker hitting a double in a matter of minutes and a George Atheneos penalty putting them right back in the game with 20 minutes remaining. England hit straight back through Tom Finney and Redfern Froggatt then completed the scoring as England ran out 6-3 winners.
Sky Sports News HQ understands United will pay the Portuguese club £30.7m to sign the Sweden international. Lindelof is yet to agree personal terms, with his proposed move to Old Trafford also subject to a medical and international clearance.
West Ham are interested in Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore – The Sun
Manchester United to bid £70m for Belotti – Tuttosport
MANCHESTER UNITED are closing in on a £70million deal for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. – The Sun
Tottenham interested in Liverpool defender Sakho – The Sun