Crossing Swords At Upton Park

In the football anthology “My Favourite Year”, Nick Hornby ruminates upon the subject of generation gap in football and the irony of seeing Peter Lorimer (in his final season at Leeds United) playing against Andy Sinton (in his first season as a seventeen year-old for Cambridge United). An icon of the 1970s lining up against a star of the 1990s. I was reminded of that this morning, whilst watching “The Big Match Revisited”. For those of you that have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, ITV4 have been showing the corresponding week’s football action on Thursday afternoons for the last couple of months, and this week the featured match was a match between West Ham United and Stoke City. Quite what was going through the mind of the planner is beyond me. It was a nothing match between two mid-table clubs and it was, unsurprisingly, a poor match that ended in a 1-1 draw. The undoubted highlight of the afternoon, however, was a stunning own goal by a very young Steve Bould, who managed to loop a back-pass over goalkeeper Peter Fox from twenty yards out. It is, I suspect, a testimony to Bould’s abilities as a defender that he was able to recover his career and go on to play almost three hundred matches for Arsenal and pick up a couple of Premier League...

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