In the summer of 1982, Ray Wilkins was chosen to be the skipper for both club and country, following the respective stepping down of Martin Buchan and Kevin Keegan. Fate decreed that a broken cheekbone for Wilkins, just weeks after his appointment by Ron Atkinson and Bobby Robson, led to Bryan Robson being appointed the skipper of club and country instead. This was a position he kept long after Wilkins left United and retired from international football. Wilkins was unlucky that he lost his position so quickly due to an injury but, ultimately, it was best (certainly for United) that Robson was skipper. Probably for England too if I’d have cared enough.
Wayne Rooney could find himself in a similar position to Wilkins but in completely different circumstances. Continue reading Took One For The Team – Manchester 28th September 2014
The very first match I look for in early June when the fixtures are issued for the next season. Englands classico, Battle of the giants and God knows how many other tags this match has had attached over the years, these matches are anticipated between the respective fans like the Auld firm match in Glasgow is. No matter how mediocre the present Liverpool team are or how poor a match between United & Liverpool is, like yesterdays was, this is the biggest match in the English football calendar despite the protestations from Ashburton grove, Stamford Bridge or all the recipients of the new money that’s been laundered in East Manchester. You can’t buy or maufacture a rivalry like this, City now have a good team but the rivalry with them has always been (from my angle anyway) geographical, the rivalry that we’ve had over recent years with Arsenal and Chelsea is due them having good title challenging sides. If they didn’t, they’d be as irrelevant as Charlton Atletic, Crystal Palace or Fulham. The rivalry between United and Liverpool is, industrial, historic and meritocratic. Continue reading The Liverbird Can’t Get Back On Her Perch, Manchester 16th Of October, 2011