He attributes the lack of talent to the modern training facilities which work more on technique than on positioning from a young age.
Arsne Wenger believes that Europe does not produce quality strikers any more and that the mantle has been passed on to South America who are producing the talent up front. Maybe we have to rethink completely the education and specialise earlier.”
The likes of Manchester City and other clubs around the world have developed luxuriant training pitches but much to the ire of Wenger, they are not producing the desired results. A boy of 12 who played against a boy of 16 had to be shrewd and push to get the ball. All those kind of things have gone,” he added.
The Gunners were heavily criticised for their failure to sign a single striker this summer but the manager is insistent that it was not due to a lack of effort form the north London club. “What I am convinced of is that in the academies we have to specialise the players,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Guardian. “There is an age from five to 12 where you have the acquisition of the technical skills; at 12-14 you start to develop the speed and physical qualities; but from 14 onwards, when you start to position the players for their careers, maybe you have to work with specificity of a position again. Wenger cites examples of Spain and Germany who have won the World Cup while using a false number nine in the form of Mario Gtze and Cesc Fbregas. The Frenchman believes that players are developing technically owing to this development but are missing out on the physical aspect which helps them develop as a force in the long run.
“What we produce now are good technical players because there are nice pitches out there before you played in the park where you had to kick the ball up front and you had to fight. Barcelona currently have Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Surez up front to form a triumvirate of South American attackers, while the likes of Sergio Agero, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao all have their roots in that region.
And with all due respect to Thunder Valley, it was Darlington and four consecutive wins in the Southern 500 where Wonder Boy served notice to all that he may have looked new and shiny, but he was as throwback as they come.
. Teams are digging out old school paint schemes, from classic STP for Aric Almirola’s No. But we do know that car is pretty good at the first part.
1. 43 to old school David Pearson for No. Or Larry Smith’s Carling Black Label. It all ended terribly, with the team suing Stacy and Stacy suing back and his eventual disappearance from the sport.
But, on the bright side, he did bring Mark Martin into NASCAR.
Rick Hendrick should reenact this using his cars and three of his affiliates from Stewart-Haas Racing. How? By printing out this list and making it happen. Trevor Bayne in the No. Dale Earnhardt’s pink No. Alex Bowman in the No. Unless the inspectors were too busy weeping in happiness and taking selfies with it to notice we’d stolen an approval sticker and slapped it onto the windshield.
3. Surely there’s a stack of unused decals in a race-shop storage closet somewhere we could use at Darlington.
When I floated this idea on Twitter a few weeks ago, Rusty Wallace’s son and business manager, Greg, said he had plenty of suggestions and both Keselowski brothers immediately responded that they supported the idea. Wrote Brian: “Where’s the Sampson Stone busch and truck. And then he should sue someone, just to do it.
10. For decades he shied away from that story. Tribute to sponsors who never paid their billsSpeaking of lawsuits, remember Big Daddy’s Barbecue Sauce?
At one point they were on the hoods of machines at every level of NASCAR. A little pink streak might look good among all those Darlington Stripes slapped along the Turn 1 retaining wall.
2. Then they were gone, only to return in court documents. Or Boris Said’s Genesee Beer. Something with a Superbird wingNo, it’d never pass NASCAR tech inspection. 10 Four Star WhiskeyBecause if there’s going to be a Stroker Ace, there has to be an Audrey Meadows– er, Aubrey James.
7. Danica Patrick in Aubrey James’s No. Goodyear has gone with old-school white logos on the tires. It peaked in 1982, when he fielded two cars as an owner (shout-out to Joe Ruttman and Jim Sauter), but then also sponsored five other cars.
So, in a time when most starting grids had 30 cars, seven of those rides were adorned — hood, quarter panels and rear deck — with giant STACY decals. 98 Jr.Hill will run the Mike Curb-owned No. I’m not picky here. I’m still waiting on that $$$.”
9. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. So, put on your corduroys, grab a pack of Winston No Bulls, and adjust your aluminum foil TV antenna. StacyFrom the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, a coal mining millionaire named J.D. 7 car, just like Stroker Ace. He already drives the No. K-2In 1970, 19-year-old Dale Earnhardt was finally going to get to race. It didn’t fit his image. 24 Rainbow WarriorC’mon,how is this not happening?
They just did it at Bristol. Or Genny Light. Darlington itself has a pile of plans still to be unveiled. 42, despite the fact that the movie Days of Thunder is two years older than driver Kyle Larson.
Every reveal of every paint job has electrified social media. More accurately, he wanted to dominate racing by flooding the garage with not just cars, but also his name. Timmy Hill in the No. NBC Sports is digging out graphics that look like something built on a Commodore 64.
But it could still be better. Speedblock?
I once stood in the garage and watched Johnny Benson’s crew furiously yank Lycos stickers off the hood of the car because team owner Tim Beverley was so mad about an online ad deal that Lycos had reneged on that he had demanded they not be in the race. Unless the topics of discussion are “Is Richard Petty cooler than a peppermint rocket?” or “Was Dale Earnhardt tougher than a truck stop flank steak?”
But race fans are joined in arm-and-arm lockstep when it comes to their feelings on the upcoming Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. But when the die cast collector’s boom hit, he had no problem selling little versions of it.
So, I don’t think he’d have had a problem with seeing someone in a pink machine wheeling around The Track Too Tough To Tame. Jeff Gordon’s No. Hendrick going full J.D. His father Ralph bought a 1956 Ford Victoria from some neighbors, rebuilt the engine, secured a sponsor in Dayvault’s Tune-Ups & Brake Service, and then mixed up a few buckets of paint to match the car’s purple roof.
Unfortunately, the mixture came out pink. No, not the Hulk from The Avengers or even The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton, but the weird one with Eric Bana and Nick Nolte where they kept showing algae growing on rocks and injected dogs with gamma rays to make Hulk dogs.
Or Kenny Wallace’s Red Dog. Even more unfortunately, there was no time for a do-over. Stacy decided he wanted to go racing. Small Soldiers, Jurassic Park III, Shrek 2 and The Hulk. So The Intimidator’s first race car was pinker than a baby girl’s nursery. 6 Mark Martin Salute To You sponsorship quilt carRemember when baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry would play in MLB Old-Timers’ Daygames and wear a jersey embroidered with the logos of all nine teams that he played for? Bayne now drives the number six Ford at Roush Fenway Racing.
So why not pay tribute to man who made it famous by wrapping it in a quilt work of his sponsors? The Apache Stove/Stroh’s Light/Folger’s/Viagra/AAA/US Army/Kellogg’s/Steak-umm Burgers/Go Daddy/Aaron’s/Bass Pro Shop Ford.
And during driver introductions they should play Johnny Cash’s “One Piece At A Time.”
We’ll call it the Salute To You car in honor of Martin’s so-named farewell tour that ended up lasting eight years.
During the late 1990s, one-off paint schemes to promote movies became all the rage, and no one did more of those than B-Lab at Joe Gibbs Racing.
And man, what a list of Oscar-winning classics. NASCAR fans as a group don’t agree on much. In the inaugural Southern 500, held on Labor Day weekend in1950, Hollywood stuntman-turned-racer Johnny “Mad Man” Mantz won NASCAR’s first asphalt speedway race in a jet-black taxi cab, adorned with nothing more than a set of truck tires, his name on the hood and a giant, white “98″ with a little bitty “jr.” slapped alongside.
Who knows? Perhaps start-and-parker Hill could even employ Mantz’s strategy of cruising slowly along the apron while everyone else blows tires and wrecks.
Well, OK, maybe not. I just want to party.
And if all that ends up being too much, we could add Gary Bradberry’s 1999 sponsor, Pharb’s Hangover Relief.
4. 98 this weekend. 7 Clyde Torkel’s Cluck BucketC’mon, this is too obvious. It’s time for the Top 10 (11!) Throwback Paint Schemes We Should See At Darlington But Won’t.
11. “I’m Alex Bowman and the only think I like more than winning the race is stuffing Torkel Chicken in my face.”
8. to even Cole Trickle’s Mello Yello colors for the No
Their last non-English based trophies came in 2008, winning their third UEFA Champions League title in May and the FIFA Club World Cup in December.1. Liverpool seem to be losing their respect as one of the ‘big four’ teams of the top division but they went a long way to silencing those words last season with a more than respectable second placed finish, are the tides turning and are we going to see a challenge from Liverpool once again..1. They have not won the top flight of English football for more than thirty years, with their last top tier trophy coming in 1980/81. Everton come in as the 4th most successful team with 9 top division trophies. They last won the top flight title in 1986/87 with 86 points, taking the crown from arch rivals Liverpool, however the next season they could only manage 70 points, putting them in 4th place with Liverpool reclaiming what was theirs, Everton haven’t touched it since. Their latest title win was in the 2003/04 season where they accrued a massive 90 points and they also were the first team to go through a whole season of 38 matches undefeated. Honours: Premier League x18, FA Cup x7, League Cup x8, ScreenSport Super Cup x1 and the Community Shield x15. Arsenal come in at 3rd place with an impressive 39 wins. Please feel free to leave a comment below, thanks for reading.
. With the clubs success of 2005 they were also runners-up in 2006/07 but have not lived up to their European pedigree since.Updates
This Hub was last updated on 29th December 2014 and all the information it contains is to the best of my knowledge and research. Honours: UEFA Champions League x5, UEFA Europa League x3 and UEFA Super Cup x3. This aided their Premier League record of 49 matches without a defeat.2. There is only one major trophy that Man Utd have never won, the UEFA Europa League. Honours: UEFA Champions League x1, UEFA Europa League x1, UEFA Cup Winners Cup x2 and UEFA Super Cup x1.
2. Starting with the Top Division/Premier League followed by all of the English trophy competitions, moving onto European and Worldwide titles with the final rundown of which English football club has won the most trophies all together.
Top 5 – Top Division Title Winners
The top division of English football was the Football League First Division. Arsenal’s most note-able trophy to date would have to be their sublime 2003/04 ‘The Invincibles’ Premier League campaign, winning the trophy undefeated!2. Manchester United sit in second position with 7 European and Worldwide title wins. Liverpool have earned themselves a nice hefty 18 top division trophy wins but are yet to win the trophy again since they last did in 1989/90. Aston Villa hold the record of 128 goals in a single top flight season.4. Liverpool have made the final of the League Cup on 12 occasions, more than any other club.1. After they achieved that incredible feat they had earned the nickname ‘the invincibles’. Honours: Premier League x20, FA Cup x11, League Cup x4 and the Community Shield x20. Manchester United are the most successful club in the top division competition of English football with an incredible 20 title wins. Liverpool are the 2nd most successful team in all English competitions with 48 trophies, with most of their outstanding trophy winning capabilities coming from the 1970′s and 80′s. Honours: Premier League x13, FA Cup x11, League Cup x2 and the Community Shield x13. Honours: UEFA Champions League x3, UEFA Cup Winners Cup x1, UEFA Super Cup x1, UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup x1 and FIFA Club World Cup x1. Manchester United come sailing in as the most successful team in all English football competitions with an unprecedented 55 titles, winning 31 of them under Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite Everton’s chunky trophy haul, they have not won a title since winning the FA Cup back in 1995!3. They have won the Premier League a whopping 12 times in the last 20 seasons, all under current manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Man Utd have won an astonishing 10 English titles within the last 5 years. Man Utd heavily bolstered their title wins not so long ago having won the Premier League 3 times on the trot between 2006 – 2009 again in 2010/11 and then most recently 2012/13. Manchester United have won the Premier League and Community Shield more than ANY other team, they have also made the most FA Cup final appearances with 18 along with their record of 28 Community Shield appearances.European And Worldwide Titles Won
So after the Premier League titles and a round up of all English competitions, lets now take a look at which English team has been the most successful in all past European and Worldwide competitions, including, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup, along with the present competitions of UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
3. Full Members Cup and the Community Shield are also included.
5. Aston Villa are the 5th most successful team in the top division of English football with 7 trophies to show for their efforts. Here I bring to you, the top 5 Premier League title winning teams which also includes the previous Football League First Division titles.
5. Everton have won a juicy 23 titles in all English competitions. Tottenham Honours: Premier League x2, FA Cup x8, League Cup x4 and the Community Shield x7.4. This doesn’t distract from their supporters optimism however, with a lot of followers claiming every season that they have ‘turned a corner’ and that ‘this is our season’. All of their trophy wins have come prior to the forming of the Premier League. With an unrivalled 11 titles, Liverpool lead the rest of English clubs when it comes to trophies outside of England. Chelsea and Tottenham are joint for 5th spot with both winning a respectable 21 English football trophies, Chelsea Honours: Premier League x4, FA Cup x7, League Cup x4, Full Members Cup x2 and the Community Shield x4. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Premier League was formed, taking over from the First Division as the top tier in English football. English Football Clubs
Lets take a look at the success of English football clubs, within English, European and Worldwide competitions. Honours: Premier League x9, FA Cup x5 and the Community Shield x9. 34 of their 48 trophies came within these times. Arsenal stroll in at 3rd place with a tasty 13 league titles. Unfortunately for Liverpool, they seem to be on the downfall having won just one trophy in the last five years, the League Cup in 2012. Liverpool have only finished runners up twice in the last 20 seasons which isn’t such a great statistic, however they were a rejuvenated side last season and finished a close second. No other team has spent more time in the top tier of English football than Everton’s 110 seasons.3. The third most successful English team in all European and worldwide competitions is Chelsea with their 5 trophies. Liverpool were awarded the UEFA Champions League trophy permanently after winning it a fifth time in 2005, the only English club to do so. Man Utd are the only team in history to win the Premier League three times in a row, twice.All English Football Competition Titles Won
Here are the top 5 teams in ALL English football competitions, including, Football League First Division and it’s successor the Premier League , FA Cup, League Cup, ScreenSport Super Cup which was a one off competition in the 1985/86 season, set up for the English clubs that qualified for European football which they couldn’t proceed with due to all English football clubs being banned by UEFA following the Heysel Stadium disaster. With the retirement of Sir Alex, United managed to finish just 7th placed and there are now question marks whether or not they can regain a title winning mentality
His grand slam was the Pirates’ first since Ike Davis homered off the Reds’ Mike Leake at PNC Park on April 21, 2014.
Through five frames Wednesday, Reds starter Keyvius Sampson hardly resembled the rookie right-hander who stumbled through his last four outings, allowing 18 runs and 30 hits in 14 innings. He didn’t give up a second hit until Neil Walker’s leadoff single in the fifth.
Sampson seemingly hadn’t gotten the memo about Kang, who entered the game with a .400 batting average and a .682 slugging percentage against four-seamers this year, according to Brooks Baseball.
Unlike his 14th homer of the season, which landed in the second deck of the ballpark’s left-field stands during the eighth inning and extended an already commanding lead for the Pirates on Tuesday, Kang’s 15th blast found its way to the left-field bleachers with a faster, lower trajectory, and it broke open a tight ballgame.
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Kang’s second home run in as many nights, combined with another fine outing from left-hander J.A.
Sampson’s unraveling began with a single by Polanco to start the sixth.
Four consecutive four-seam fastballs moved the count to 2-2. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can.
Kang briefly put his hands atop his skull for protection, but resistance proved futile.
In his last six starts, Happ has given up a combined four runs. Then Starling Marte threw his hands atop Kang’s head and made a mess of the slugger’s well-maintained hair. 27-29, 2013.
Except for a solo home run surrendered to Todd Frazier in the second inning, Happ kept the Reds befuddled for six innings.
The Pirates won a series in Cincinnati for the first time since Sept. He allowed just three hits and two runs. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
CINCINNATI Gerrit Cole grabbed the batting helmet off Jung Ho Kang’s head as the Korean star, responsible for a grand slam moments earlier, moved through the Pirates dugout receiving adulation from teammates in the sixth inning Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. I’m so happy for him because of how he’s doing, how he’s learning the game.
We were kind of waiting for a big hit, Happ said.
We’ve been doing this after the guy homers, Marte said of the post-grand slam dugout antics.
A rough eighth inning for Tony Watson, who allowed three runs and three hits, tamped the Pirates’ joy and brought hope of a rally for the Reds. McCutchen walked, and Aramis Ramirez singled to load the bases for Kang. I feel like everybody was into that moment, into that at-bat, and off the bat, I think a lot of guys knew he’d put the right swing on it. To avoid distracting other readers, we won’t publish comments that suggest a correction. It took probably all of four days to kind of feel pretty comfortable with the group of guys here. Their deficit behind the NL Central-leading St.
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Then was instrumental when Barcelona easily beat Manchester Utd in the Rome final Wayne Rooney told his team mates including Cristiano Ronaldo that Iniesta was the best player in the world.
I reckon Iniesta first exploded on the scene on Wednesday 6 May 2009, when he smashed a 20-yard right-foot shot into the top corner of the Chelsea net to send Barcelona into the Champions League final.
Who is Andres Iniesta? He scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup, but how much do you know about his previous achievements? Check out the video on my Soccer coaching blog to see him play http://soccer-coaching-blog.com/2010/07/13/you-can-play-like-iniesta-if-you-practice-this/
Buckley and the one person he publically told the network he did not want to debate, Gore Vidal. They were only offering 90-minutes of convention coverage a night. These two men were at the top of their game as they were asked to recap each nights convention events. The Presidential conventions were at the forefront of CBS and NBC newscasts. In fact, the documentary recounts a joke going around in 68, that if the Vietnam War ran on ABC, it would be cancelled in 13 weeks.
Best Of Enemies is 88 minutes and Rated R and opens Friday, July 31 in Los Angeles at the Landmark Theatre.
ABC Networks ratings skyrocketed. But the third network, ABC, was scraping the bottom of the ratings barrel. Although well versed on American history and policies (so much more than 99% of the experts of todays newscasts), these two men were not above insulting the other. Over the ten separate debates, one wondered whether the verbal sparring would turn physical.
Filmmaker event: Director Morgan Neville will appear for a Q&A after the Friday, July 31, 7:40 p.m. Liberal democrat Vidal wrote controversial bestsellers, like The City and the Pillar and Myra Breckinridge, as well as U.S. Buckley was a modern conservative who founded the National Review magazine in 1955, and later would have his own program Firing Line for over 30 years.
At what first looked like a ridiculous stunt, turned out to be a savvy move ABC hired William F. The intensity and violence surrounding the Democratic Convention in Chicago seemed to carry over into Buckley and Vidals broadcasts. show at the Landmark Theatre. Protests all over the country expressed discontent over issues like racial and economic inequality as well as the Vietnam War. Debates like this had never before been witnessed on live television.
Although both Buckley and Vidal certainly make for interesting viewing, the skilled filmmaking team of Neville and Gordon deserve great credit in crafting this story from a vast array of film clips, newsreels, and past and present-day interviews. It was an ugly, yet riveting time. Buckley, Jr. (Nevilles last feature was the Academy Award-winning Twenty Feet From Stardom; Gordon produced and directed numerous music documentaries.) Their creative team is also an acclaimed group and includes producers Julie Goldman, Caryn Capotosto, editors Eileen Meyer and Aaron Wickenden, and composer Jonathan Kirkscey.. He also was a step-brother to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and frequented the White House until a fight with Bobby Kennedy got him banned.
Both men were hyper-intelligent and viewed the other as a threat to the American way of life. In Morgan Neville and Robert Gordons fascinating documentary, Best Of Enemies, the historical beginnings of pundit television is chronicled via the 1968 Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions. But that wasnt always the case. and liberal Gore Vidal.
Best Of Enemies is illuminating viewing on a subject that seems to be as current today as it was nearly 50 years ago.
The summer of 1968 was full of civil unrest. The experts here are two brilliant intellectuals, conservative William F. These recaps were not just unbiased convention talking points, but instead Buckley and Vidal’s personal views as to why or why not certain politicians and policies would be disastrous for the nation.
Its hard to remember a time when television news didnt offer segments of so-called experts arguing their political views ad nauseam. history biographies, theatrical plays, essays and even ran for public office
In the EPL, Norwich City lost one goal against West Bromwich in September and two goals against Man Utd. All those sides are in action 24 hours later but fourth place Newcastle are at home to Wigan on Saturday so that a win for Liverpool here wouldn’t necessarily see them break into top four.Ahead of the match against Norwich City, the Reds earned a draw with Manchester United over the weekend while Norwich City picked up a convincing 3-1 win over fellow newcomer Swansea City. Especially, Norwich City get 11 poinst, just three points behind the host after winning three of their last five league matches
On 22nd October 2011 12:30 PM EDT, the English Premier League (EPL) clash between Liverpool and Norwich City takes place at Anfield. Meanwhile The Canaries are just three points behind The Reds after winning three of their last five league matches over Swansea City, Sunderland, Bolton. Moreover, Liverpool won three over Everton, Brighton, and Wolves; lost four goals in the EPL match with Tottenham on 18th September, 2011. at the beginning of this month.. It is necessary to know that Liverpool has earned at least one point in four straight games and will look to keep that streak alive when Norwich City visits Anfieldon Saturday.
59′ [1-1] Grant Holt
Along with Blackburn, Norwich City are one of only two teams who are yet to keep a clean sheet in the English Premier League this season
Liverpool vs Norwich City Lineups :
45′ [1-0] Craig Bellamy
Norwich :John Ruddy, Kyle Naughton, Marc Tierney, Russell Martin, Leon Barnett, Wes Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson, David Fox, Elliott Bennett (Grant Holt, 57), Anthony Pilkington, Steve Morison
Liverpool vs Manchester United October 2011 Highlights
Liverpool vs Norwich City Full Highlights
The Reds are in fifth spot on the table with 14 points behind Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Newcastle
Liverpool vs Norwich City1-1 Highlights
Despite returning to the starting lineup against Manchester United after missing the last six months through injury, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has admitted that he thought his playing career could be over
Liverpool vs Norwich City Highlights: The match kicks off at Anfield on 22nd October 2011
Manchester United vs Norwich City Highlights
Everton vs Liverpool October 2011 Highlights
Liverpool :Jos Reina, Jamie Carragher, Jos Enrique, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy (Jordan Henderson, 69), Luis Surez
Interestingly, Liverpool start the weekend in fifth spot on the table with 14 points from eight matches which leaves them eight points behind the leader Manchester City, six points behind United and five ones behind Chelsea
It was the end of an era, and West Ham never again ventured onto Arsenal’s North Bank. Clouds of thickening smoke billowed across the pitch and pandemonium broke out. The Arsenal fans sensed this and attacked immediately, and their rivals were kicked and punched and quickly dispatched from the sprawling terrace, which when full could hold up to 20,000 people. West Ham had always had a large trouble making following, and had a particularly large and violent gang called the Inter City Firm (ICF), named after their fondness of travelling to away games First Class on the Inter City Trains, and were generally thought of as the top gang in the Country. 1982 and an English football (soccer) match was not always a pleasant event to attend. Arsenal versus West Ham was always likely to be a major flashpoint. this year was to be different, and there was a very uneasy feeling as I stood on the North Bank on this particular sunny Spring Saturday. May 2nd 1982, an hour and a half before the kick off and the fans were streaming into the ground. Nowadays, thankfully the only winners on match days are the police. Sadly, this was not an end to the trouble on this particular day, and about an hour later an Arsenal fan was surrounded by a gang of West Ham thugs, and brutally stabbed to death. There they were, the largest most vicious gang of football thugs in the country doing what they did best, bullying and taunting their beaten rivals. If you are interested in watching an Arsenal game, visit www.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-get-Arsenal-tickets-at-face-value for ideas on buying face value Arsenal tickets.. However. Not all of Arsenal’s fans had panicked, and the next thing they launched a counter attack, and probably for the first time in their lives, the ICF were on the back foot, and were brutally pushed right to the edge of the North Bank. Having been part of the hooligan scene years before, I could tell who was who, and I could see the West Ham fans gathering on the North Bank. His killer was never caught, but folklore has it that he himself has also gone to meet his maker. This ultimately led to several undercover police operations, and many of the main players were arrested and subsequently charged. This left the large West Ham gang cock a hoop in the middle of Arsenal territory. And in the following years, Arsenal were known to have taken liberties on West Ham’s Manor, a feat previously unheard of since the old skinhead days of the late 60′s. Arsenal, although they had seemed to be successful in breaking free from the Skinhead element which had plagued the club in the late 60′s, were not without their own violent followers, and had an up and coming young street gang known as the Gooners, a spoof name for the official club nickname of the ‘Gunners’. The players, who had just about started the game, were led off the pitch, and panicking Arsenal fans stampeded onto it for their own safety. And premiership matches, although missing the old boisterous atmosphere, are much safer places to be, with attendances on the increase, and families very much in attendance. As the police battled to gain control, another West Ham gang had forced their way into the middle of the North Bank and set off a smoke bomb. Only, something was wrong. It was a couple of years before Maggie Thatcher’s clampdown on the activities of Soccer Hooligans and the gangs were becoming more vicious and more willing to use a frightening array of weaponry, which was only too obvious at this particular game. In the preceding years it was common practice for the ICF to march onto the North Bank, which was the Arsenal stronghold virtually unopposed, with very little resistance from Arsenal’s followers. The police desperately fought to surround the ICF for their own protection, and despite numerous attempts by the gooners to attack again, the police line held firm, and the ICF were held until the final whistle, and then escorted to safety