Tony Book

Tony Book

Not many professional footballers nowadays make their top-flight debut at the age of 31. In fact most players, apart from notable exceptions like Christiano Ronaldo, are planning their route into retirement at that age. But stepping down was the last thing on defender...
Hammers Manchester

Hammers Manchester

It was a red-letter day for café owner Phil Cassetari when seven of the biggest names in football arrived at his restaurant for a reunion in November 1971. Six of them – Noel Cantwell, Dave Sexton, Malcolm Allison, John Bond, Frank O’Farrell and Malcolm Musgrove...
Best and Marsh

Best and Marsh

When two of the biggest characters in football got together for a reunion, there was bound to be a few laughs along the way. And so it proved when former Manchester United legend George Best met City’s Rodney Marsh for a photoshoot in November 1987 – a decade after...
Quixall & Greaves

Quixall & Greaves

Immaculately turned out in their jackets and ties, it was hard to imagine Albert Quixall and Jimmy Greaves as the ‘Terrible Twins’ of the English League attack in October 1958. Fresh-faced and eager, the young forwards from Manchester United and Chelsea looked more...
Mercer’s England

Mercer’s England

An extraordinary new chapter in the life of former Manchester City manager Joe Mercer took the football world by surprise in May 1974. Mercer was in charge of Coventry City at the time after an acrimonious exit from Maine Road in 1971 which saw his car parking space...
Bury FC

Bury FC

One of the most extraordinary FA Cup ties of all time was played by Bury FC back in the winter of 1955. The Shakers were drawn at home against fellow Second Division side Stoke City in the Third Round on Saturday January 8 – and fancied their chances of progressing....