THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Kevin Keegan’s ascension to part-time then full-time England boss. The papers cried out for Kevin, so he had to appear, whether he was anyone’s first choice or not. Equally, when he decided to go full time, there seemed to just be this acceptance that this is what everyone wanted. Anthony Hobbs

Brian Kidd. Hahahahahahaha!!! David Munro

The whole “players take recreational drugs and they’re role models to young folk, Lawks-a-mercy” thing. Harry Pearson

The Sky takeover of Man Utd seemed to be the only thing to keep John Gregory out of the papers. Obviously, for the greater good of football it’s superb to see fans coming together to bring pressure on the government. Sadly, Stephen Byers’s judgment meant that NTL pulled out of a proposed takeover of Newcastle, leaving the club to be run for the express purpose of maintaining the playboy lifestyle of certain members of the current board. Ian Cusack

Glenn Hoddle hates the disabled. Oh really? He deserved to be sacked, but not for those comments. As a former journalist, Glenn’s own ghostwriter David Davies could have done far more to ease the media pressure. Davies’s betrayal is the clearest example yet of how grubby the FA is. John Earls

Football and recreational drugs. If it’s not performance enhancing then it’s their own business. Joyce Woolridge

Shouldn’t the Monopolies and Mergers Commission inquire into the way Manchester Utd have monopolised the media this season? In addition to their cosy relationship with the tabloids, it now appears the BBC have sold out to the Red Devils. A BBC2 celebration of their “glory” – before they’d won anything? Dave Robinson

Kevin Keegan as England manager. Who died and made him Messiah? Mark Howell

Swansea owners Silver Shield’s much-touted 25,000-seater out-of-town development, which is identical to the schemes offered to fans of Darlington, Carlisle, Hull, etc. Usually related to a fictitious “Five Year Plan” of financial restructuring (yawn) as an excuse to hide the poverty, lies and devious corporate plans of anyone who suddenly takes over a lower league club and promises “Premier Football” magic dust. AS Thomas

Steve McManaman. Martin O’Neill. John Williams

The Champions League. Too many jaded, half-fit millionaires in vastly over-rated teams; see Juventus, Barcelona, Inter, Arsenal. Ken Gall

Ryan Giggs’s goal v Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final. Those people who claimed it was better than Maradona’s against England in 1986 should be ashamed of themselves. Philip Cornwall

Refereeing decisions. Not until we have 68 officials on the pitch, headsets, microphones, professional fees and trial by action replay will all mistakes be rectified. Off we go, then. David Wangerin

“There’s a massive gap between the Premiership and First Division.” There always has been – just ask Swansea or Carlisle. If the best players were not in the top division, then there would be something seriously wrong. Richard Darn

That Giggs goal v Arsenal. OK, it was a good run and shot against a normally tight def­ence, but it was in the last minutes of a tiring replay, and we can all think of comparable ones – Ginola’s at Barnsley, for instance, or every goal Darren Huckerby’s ever scored. Steve Field

The biggest storm to be whipped up was over Glenn Hoddle’s half-baked phil­osophising, because the powerbrokers saw the chance to get rid of some­one they didn’t like and immediately went into hyperbole overdrive. Gary Parkinson

From WSC 149 July 1999. What was happening this month

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