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Author: Leslie Crang

Is May 26th, 1989 still relevant? Sport, Media and Memory*

With the release of the film 89 a movie about Arsenal winning the league title with virtually the last kick of the game, is May 26th, 1989 still relevant? For some people, it’s a period in which they were not born, so, why worry about it? Within the sporting context, especially for English fans of Arsenal (I have been a fan since 1980 Cup final defeat to West Ham), this day is significant. It is the day, we won the league, in the last minute, of the last match against their nearest rivals, needing a 2-0 at Anfield (where...

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A wally with the brolly : 10 years on and the changing role of the England manager

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son? Oh, where have you been, my darling young one? I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan   As the rain...

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The Star of Bethlehem: Alex Jackson

Alec Jackson   The USA soccer league has garnered much intellectual discussion in recent years on the plethora of foreign players that have added to the game, from  Haitian born, Joe Gaetjens, the goalscorer against England in the 1950 World Cup, to the giant’s of the North American Soccer League (or NASL) in the 1970’s who attracted a plethora of world stars like Pele, Beckenbauer and England’s own, Steve Hunt (ask a Coventry City fan). More lately, with the growth of the Major League Soccer (the MLS), much (or much too much) was written of David Beckham’s impact on...

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Borg Vs McEnroe film, or the importance of Vitas Gerulaitis to Tennis history and the media #spoileralert​

Cheryl Tiegs, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase and Martina Navratilova at Studio 54, 1979 For many a passing sports fans, and those of a certain age (well, my age) Vitas Gerulaitis is a song by Birkenhead’s finest:- But, with the recent film release of Borg Vs McEnroe, a biopic of the 1980 Wimbledon Final, some of the players of the era have also been utilised within this period piece. At a recent screening of the film Martin Polley gave a brief talk on the match and its cultural and historical significance. For me, I’m more interested in one of Borg...

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Tag. You’re it : #takeaknee and other protests within Sport

Colin Kaepernick San Francisco Quarterback, 2010-16. #takeaknee When Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the USA national anthem in a pre-season friendly in 2016, on being interviewed afterwards he said his reason was:- I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. (Loggins, 2017) Since then, a volatile...

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