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Jeff Bottom

Broadcasting from the car park of Television Centre

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Graeme Aldous

The only game of football I've ever watched!

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Richard Manton

North Korea beat Italy at Ayresome Park

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Newcastle United: The Chronicle

"Burridge was perhaps without peers when it came to eccentricity."

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Newcastle United: The Chronicle

Bryan 'Pop' Robson on the greatest Magpies he played with - and under

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QPR: Tony Incenzo

The R's fail to score in Iceland....

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Manchester United: Paul Wilson, Observer football correspondent

Last minute heartbreak for Scarborough and Bayern Munich.

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Henry Winter

Liverpool: Henry Winter

25th May 2005 Atatürk Stadium – A C Milan v Liverpool

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Henry Winter

Manchester United: Henry Winter

Wednesday 26th May 1999 Nou Camp – Bayern Munich v Manchester United

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Arsenal: Sue Mott

A Charlie George special to win the FA Cup Final

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Duncan Jones

WORLD CUP MEMORIES - MEETING MARADONA

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Duncan Jones

HOW CHICKENPOX HELPED ME TO WATCH MY FIRST WORLD CUP FINAL

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Sheffield Wednesday: Alan Biggs

A run in with Big Jack & Terry Curran

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Alan interviewing Sven

Chesterfield: Alan Biggs

I've been supporting the Spireites since my Dad took me along to see my first game in 1964

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York City: Guy Mowbray

I’ve been watching York City since 1979

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Sunderland: Andy Dawson

Hope and loss - Sunderland at Wembley.

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Duncan Jones

Coleman, Morgan, Oates & the art of commentary

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England: Duncan Jones

IT WAS (ALMOST) 40 YEARS AGO TODAY.....

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West Bromwich Albion: Duncan Jones

Winter, the first time- 13th January 1973

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Luton Town: Faye Carruthers

Tears of sorrow as Luton lift the cup

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Liverpool: Kelly Cates

The starting point is John Lennon airport before a Johnny Cash classic rocks Thaksin Square and Rodgers and Hammerstein go on to provide the perfect soundtrack to inspire an amazing comeback at the Ataturk stadium

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Alyson Rudd

Litmanen at Villa Park

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Manchester City: Simon Mullock

Playing for Manor United in front of the Kippax

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Coventry City: Steve Lee

A memorable weekend for the city of Coventry

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Tom Williams

The simple pleasure of kicking a ball around

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Chelsea: Patrick Hennessy

Prime spot for a winning goal.

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Manchester City: Will Perry

City supporters know to keep believing right to the very end!

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Chesterfield: Alan Biggs

Years in the press box but none of it topped by the experience of seeing your team reach the FA Cup semi final

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Real Madrid: Pat Murphy

One of the greatest football matches ever played

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Hull City: Damian Johnson

104 year wait ended by a Windass volley

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Weymouth F.C.: Ian Crocker (Sky Sports)

The magic of the FA Cup and the unreliability of British Rail!

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West Ham United: David Croft

F1 fans know him as Crofty. When he's not commentating he's following his beloved Hammers. 14th March 1981 - When my Dad and Me went to Wem-ber-ley

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Aston Villa: Damon Green

We would get closer to the Holte End and suddenly he would demand that I look for a milk crate. This was baffling the first time. Why would you need a milk crate at a football ground? Was it full of empty milk bottles?

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Tony Incenzo

A REPORTING trip to the mystery land of Albania brought the worst experience of my life. A surreal nightmare where I played the starring role.

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Morton: Jonathan Mitchell

It ended in glorious failure, but a 2-2 draw with Dundee United in a packed Cappielow in 1996 will live long in the memory

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Aberdeen: Kenny Hodgart, South China Morning Post

The memory can play tricks, but witnessing a Willie Miller rollicking at close quarters sears itself on a young mind forever...

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Maurice Johnston set to re-sign for Celtic, the only team he ever wanted to play for

Celtic: Maurice Coyne, Daily Mail sports sub

"Mo, Mo Super Mo, Super Maurice Coyne." Being called Maurice in Glasgow turns from a blessing to a curse thanks to a certain blond striker

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Aberdeen: Bryan Cooney, Sunday Herald

Former Dons player Eddie Thomson was a hard man on the pitch and a true friend off it...

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Scotland: Ewan Smith, freelance sports journalist

A gutted Raymond Domenech is faced with a grinning Scottish hack the morning after Faddy's cracker

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Tottenham Hotspur: Georgina Turner

An OMG moment before they existed from @georgina_turner

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Scotland: Ronnie MacKay

James McFadden cures a broken heart in Paris

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Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes' dad was not slow to point out his son's shortcomings as a footballer. But The Sun's football writer has his old man to thank for turning him onto a career in journalism instead

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Dave Hannigan

A father give his son this sporting life

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Liverpool: Matt Leslie

Was this the greatest comeback of all time?

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Teddy Jamieson

Teddy Jamieson recalls an unlikely hero in Northern Ireland. Teddy is the author of Whose Side Are You On: Sport, the Troubles and Me

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Scotland: Brian Scott, The Daily Mail

A 400-mile trek to Wembley in a battered Austin A40 ... madness, right? Well, not if a 3-2 victory over the Auld Enemy and some Jim Baxter ball-juggling lies in wait. Brian Scott's memory is still fired by that famous victory over England in 1967

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St Johnstone: Paul Forsyth, Scotland on Sunday

A pivotal game in the First Division title race falls on Paul Forsyth's birthday, and his beloved St Johnstone throw a party just for him. Even Dougie Donnelly is invited

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Mark Wilson, Daily Mail

For Mark Wilson, the pain of following Scotland has its roots in the summer of 1982, when he learned that sometimes your father really does know best

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proof that claudio caniggia really did play for dundee

Dundee: Alan Pattullo, The Scotsman

Alan Pattullo recalls watching Claudio Caniggia on a smuggled television at school, and then following his career all the way to his team, Dundee, by which time he has a chance to interview the great man - if he can catch him

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Nakajima huddles beneath his Gers duvet cover

Celtic: Daisuke Nakajima

Do the Japanese eat dogs? Certainly not. Daisuke Nakajima, intrepid Shunsuke Nakamura correspondent, is offended, amused and then finally comes to terms with the weirdness of Scottish football

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Hearts: Euan Crumley, Mail on Sunday

Albert Kidd ruined Hearts fan Euan Crumley's ninth birthday. But, 12 years later, Stephane Adam gave him the gift that keeps on giving

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Mike Aitken gets his hands on the Cup Winners' Cup

Aberdeen: Mike Aitken, The Scotsman

A glorious night in Gothenburg in 1983 prompts esteemed Scotsman sportswriter Mike Aitken to abandon his objectivity and join the party

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Richard Wilson, The Herald

A trial match for Glasgow and District terrifies Richard Wilson, who would rather be at home, watching the game with his dad

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Douglas Alexander, chief sports writer, Sunday Times Scotland

The summer of 1982. Great football teams compete for the World Cup, and one 11-year-old experiences a state of footballing nirvana he will spend a lifetime in search of, all the while wearing his lucky Naranjito belt

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scotland fans are impressed during a scouting mission at Espana 82 (copyright: The Herald)

Graham Hunter, Sky Sports

A young Graham Hunter takes on the world at Spain '82. Like a footballing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, except with slightly more debauchery

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denis law shares alan campbell's dread at chances missed against zaire

Alan Campbell, freelance sports journalist

A 20-year-old Scot sits with his head in his hands and the foreknowledge that beating Zaire by only two goals will not be enough at the 1974 World Cup. But it is the three-month trans-continental hitch-hiking adventure that got him there that remains with Alan Campbell

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michael dawson introduces spurs' new signing, ollie graham

Tottenham Hotspur: Barry Graham, sports journalist, Daily Mail

Barry Graham only made his seven-year-old son a Junior Spur to try and steer him toward his dad's club. Now here he was, running out onto the pitch with Michael Dawson as the cameras rolled...

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Dundee: Patrick Barclay, chief football writer, The Times

The Dundee team that reached the semi-final of the European Cup stole the hearts of most who saw them. Patrick Barclay also lost the banner he took to Dens Park when his team, inspired by the great Alan Gilzean, crushed Cologne 8-1

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Willie Mills, the Aberdeen legend © The Herald

Aberdeen: Charlie Allan, sports editor, Evening Express

An incredible tale of how the last years in the life of an Aberdeen great of the 1930s intersected with a journalist who would become the chief chronicler of the club in the modern era

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Simon Stainrod, A.K.A. God, in action for Falkirk © The Herald

Falkirk: Brian Marjoribanks, sports journalist, Scottish Daily Mail

Watching Simon Stainrod was the closest many Falkirk fans came to God in the early 1990s. How do you explain that to a hotel receptionist in Sheffield?

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Ajax: Gary Keown, sports writer, Daily Express

The great, young Ajax team of Louis van Gaal is remembered, uniquely, through a dark prism of Goya's crafting, as Madrid is conquered by Kluivert, Overmars, Davids and Litmanen

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Lisa Gray is (almost) touched by the hand of god

Lisa Gray, sports journalist, Press Association

Even battle-hardened football journalists are transformed into autograph-hunting fans in the presence of greatness, and a scrawled signature on a shorthand notebook by Diego Maradona is proof of it

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St Mirren: Graeme Macpherson, sports journalist, The Herald

Father and son share a moment after their only match together at St Mirren's Love Street stadium, a remarkable victory over Rangers. Son vomits down father's back. Son falls asleep

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Motherwell's Tom Boyd celebrates the historic victory (copyright: The Herald)

Motherwell: Scott Burns, sports writer, Scottish Daily Express

Scott Burns follows Motherwell from Aberdeen to the final of the 1991 Scottish Cup, begging lifts, catching the odd game on Sky and joining up with the uncle responsible for his lifelong addiction

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Newcastle United: Gavin Berry, sport journalist, Daily Record/Sunday Mail

Newcastle United fans are tricked by the Rotterdam police's cunning beer-based ruse, but end up high on the kind of excitement exclusive to members of the Toon Army

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Mark Falco scores Rangers' first © The Herald

Rangers: Scott McDermott, football journalist, Daily Record / Sunday Mail

A cardboard sign, with a felt-tip scrawl: NEED ONE TICKET. But it's a European Cup night and Ibrox and everyone says there's no chance getting in. Well, maybe not no chance...

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Still doing if after all these years: Clontarf 2011. Greig junior and senior (centre left and right)

Martin Greig, freelance sport writer

Doesn't everyone's dad play fives at the age of 66, not only keeping up with but taking the names of men half his age? Martin Greig is starting to suspect the old boy could be a bit special...

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Falkirk: Neil White, freelance sports journalist

If you can survive an eight-foot drop onto the concrete concourse around the Brockville pitch and the crowd-surfing title celebration that follows, you get to be a Falkirk supporter for the rest of your life

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The King and I: Sullivan and Dalglish reflect on victory

Stephen Sullivan, FIFA journalist

From writing about the Celtic youth team to crossing for Kenny Dalglish to head home, all in the space of a week? It can be done. Just ask Stephen Sullivan

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Denis Law is congratulated by an ecstatic fan © The Herald

Scotland: Ron Scott, chief football writer, The Sunday Post

1967 and all that. Ron Scott joins the exodus to Wembley and comes back with no sleep, a winning bet and memories he will never lose

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David Friel, freelance sport journalist

Strachan. McGrain. Friel. Goal. It is the greatest commentary Arthur Montford never gave

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Steve Donn, sports writer, Scottish Daily Mail

Ally McCoist finally meets his match when one-on-one with a mysterious goalkeeper at Hampden. Well, that's how Steve Donn remembers it

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Real Madrid: Simon Buckland, freelance sports journalist

Zinedine Zidane's Hampden goal was perfection, and it happened 50,000 times in a second. Simon Buckland describes the version that is his alone and forever

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St Mirren: Colin Orr, Greenock Tele and St Mirren FC website

Colin Orr explains why years of mediocrity following St Mirren are a price he is willing to pay for one glorious season of Tom Hendrie's total football

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celtic's finest hour - rodger baillie has a backstage pass

Celtic: Rodger Baillie, football reporter

Rodger Baillie's career in football journalism spans more than 50 years and placed him in the victorious Celtic dressing room after the 1967 European Cup final. Here is what he saw...

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Gordon Dalziel and his cup-winning nose

Raith Rovers: John Greechan, chief sports writer, Scottish Daily Mail

Raith Rovers beat Celtic to win the League Cup and the moment is chronicled in gloriously partisan fashion by John Greechan for the Fife Free Press

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Danny Stewart and Uncle Duncan, SuperDon

Aberdeen: Dan Stewart, football writer, The Sunday Post

On the road with Aberdeen and Uncle Duncan: card-sharking, can-swilling, Fruit Club-throwing, gob-absorbing hero of Dan Stewart's youth

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The legendary Eusebio scores against Celtic © The Herald

Celtic: Glenn Gibbons, sports writer, the Scotsman

It is 1970 and as the ball crosses the goal-line and the referee blows for full-time, Glen Gibbons is in a press box full of journalists who don't know if Celtic have just beaten Benfica in Portugal or not. It all turns on the flip of a coin. Or two

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Manchester United: Rob Robertson, sports journalist, Scottish Daily Mail

Rob Robertson sees the solemn impartiality of the press box suspended for one international correspondant when Ryan Giggs scores the greatest goal in the history of the FA Cup

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Owen Coyle and Airdrie in European action © The Herald

Airdrie United: Graeme Kirkwood, The Sun

The first, last and only European adventure of Aidrieonians remains a vivid memory for Graeme Kirkwood, long after the UEFA flag was removed from its post at Broomfield

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George Best: the genius in flight © The Herald

Ewing Grahame, freelance sports journalist

Ewing Grahame remembers the errant genius of George Best and wonders why he once turned down the chance to meet his hero

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Zidane lights up Hampden and wins the European Cup for Real

Real Madrid: John McGarry, football writer, Daily Mail

Football can provide moments that will be remembered as long as the game is played. When Zinedine Zidane scored a perfect volley in the Champions League final at Hampden, John McGarry knew he had seen one of them

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Tony Hamilton takes Billy McNeill back to Lisbon.

Celtic: Tony Hamilton, The Celtic View

Tony Hamilton takes the great Billy McNeill back to the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon to relive Celtic's finest hour

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Billy Bremner is carried shoulder high after victory against the Czechs

Scotland: Kevin McCarra, chief football writer, The Guardian

How can a match where you can barely see the action, in which the identity of the goalscorer is shrouded in mystery and your life is at risk with every surge of the Hampden crowd be the one that lives longest in the memory? Kevin McCarra explains

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Kenny Millar and Kenny Miller

Hibernian: Kenny Millar, The Sunday Post

Meet Scottish football's most devoted family and discover how a six-hour drive to watch a youth team pre-season friendly in the Highlands can end up taking you all the way to the World Cup

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