Archive for the ‘Former Players’ Category

Former Player: Claudio Reyna

Claudio Reyna is an American former Footballer. He was born in New Jersey in 1973, and comes from both Portugese and Argentinian roots. Through his schooling, Claudio was touted as a future star and won numerous awards for his footballing ability, as the team he played for (St Benedicts Prep School) went 65 games unbeaten […]

Crewe Alexandra’s Academy: A Youth System To Be Proud Of


Crewe have struggled financially for longer than they care to remember, but instead of letting themselves fade away into obscurity, the club have built a proud tradition of bringing high quality players through their academy and youth channels. The system was largely down to the exceptional attitude of the brilliant Dario Gradi, who managed the […]

Matthews and Milburn: Football Legends


Stanley Matthews, one of Britain’s greatest footballing heroes, was ahead of his time. While most other players were still wearing, thick, heavy football boots well into the second half of the 20th century, Matthews had adopted the so-called ‘Continental’ style as early as 1953, having first seen them in action at the world cup in […]

Former Player: John Hartson


Welsh legend John Hartson was born in 1975 in Swansea, to parents Cyril and Diana. Father Cyril was a football fanatic and had played for local team Afan Lido himself. As a young lad, John played at Lonlas Boys’ Club before, at the age of 16, he was snapped up by the youth system at Luton. […]

Former Player: Nigel Martyn

Nigel Martyn is one of the most loyal and professional Goalkeepers of recent years, playing at the very highest level of football throughout an illustrious career between the sticks. He wasn’t always a goalkeeper though, Martyn began life as a talented cricketer and a Midfielder throughout his teen years in Football, until he was invited […]

The Gary Neville Song

Gary Neville was appointed to the England staff today. Cool, huh! Why not celebrate with an awesome parody song using clips from his commentary and punditry.

Former Player: Jay-Jay Okocha

Augustine Azuka Jay-Jay Okocha – So good they named him twice. Jay-Jay is of Nigerian descent, and was born in Enugu back in 1973. He used to play football in his home town, which was poverty-stricken. Jay-Jay recalled that they used to play football with ‘anything they could find’. He played for his local Enugu […]

Former Player: Steve Bruce


Steve Bruce was born in Northumberland and grew up as a Newcastle United fan. Having been rejected by many clubs at youth level, he began an apprenticeship in plumbing, but was offered a trial, and started his footballing career as a youngster at Gillingham, spending his first season in the club’s reserves. He finished their […]

Former Player: Patrick Berger


Patrick Berger was born in Prague, and is nephew to former Czechoslovakia player Jan Berger. Patrick played at youth level for Sparta Prague, though he eventually signed his first professional contract with rivals Slavia Prague, where he played as a youngster. Berger made 90 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals. Having impressed as a youngster, […]

Former Player: Gary Mabbutt


Gary Mabbutt is the most famous of an illustrious footballing family, both brother and father playing the game at a professional level. Gary is a famously loyal footballer who has become a fan favourite and icon at his clubs Bristol Rovers, and most famously, Tottenham Hotspur. Mabbutt started his career in 1979 playing for Bristol […]

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