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Diego Maradona: His turbulent career | Argentina in mourning
Football & race: Disgrace at the FA | Millwall's black pioneers
Wimbledon's homecoming | First and last scorers | The original wooden spoon | Scotland's revival | Upheaval in Colombia | In remembrance: Ray Clemence & Nobby Stiles | Fleetwood v Plymouth | Hull fans rally for Chris Chilton | Steven Caulker's fresh start | Norway's northern champions | Injury time goes long | Ultra culture at Eastbourne Town | Focus on Sylvain Distain | Birmingham's 1994-95 title
The Golden Boy Remembering Diego Maradona
Even in death, Diego Maradona was larger than life itself. The passing of no other footballer on earth, for example, would lead to calls for all clubs worldwide to spontaneously retire their No 10 jersey in tribute. Similarly, the fictitious but horribly plausible story that two Buenos Aires funeral home workers had been murdered for taking selfies with his corpse was merely the final tile added to the vast mosaic of madness that was his life.
Fleetwood Town 5-1 Plymouth Argyle One-sided fare on the Fylde coast
In late November one just has to take one’s chances with the weather, but on my first ever visit to Fleetwood, I get lucky. It is a glorious afternoon, and a fine showcase for the town’s magnificent view of Morecambe Bay, backed by the mountains of Lakeland. Plenty of dog walkers are enjoying the panorama from the Esplanade but the town centre is deserted, and this place could do without further economic shock.
Rot treatment Deep inequality issues at the FA
After Stoke’s Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty in a resounding 4-0 defeat against Chelsea back in 2013, you’d be forgiven for thinking the award for English football’s worst performance of the 21st century had already been wrapped up. Seven years on however, and (the now former) FA chairman Greg Clarke would have something to say about the matter. Appearing in front of Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee to discuss his role in the widely criticised Project Big Picture proposals, Clarke put on an embarrassing display. In less than an hour, he made a series of racist and offensive comments, combining archaic language with lazy stereotypes.
Party invite Scotland qualify for Euro 2020
After a tortuous time-continuum in the international wilderness, meandering from crushing disappointment to serial ineptitude, it was perhaps fitting that Scotland should finally bring it to an end by qualifying for Euro 2020 a year late. We had after all got to the stage in our fatalism where we were ready to adopt Dad’s Army’s Private Fraser as an official mascot for the national team, his prophecies of impending doom embodying everything we had come to expect when treading on the road for another qualifying campaign.
Diego Maradona photo by Colorsport, Fleetwood photo by Colin McPherson/WSC Photos, Greg Clarke and Scotland photos by Getty Images
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