Kevin Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe joined Everton as an apprentice in 1977 and made his début in 1980 but was not a first team regular until 1982. In 1983 at the age of 23 he was made captain, just as the club began a highly successful spell.  Whilst captain Ratcliffe won the … Read More

Lawrie McMenemy MBE

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Lawrie McMenemy started his footballing career with Newcastle United before moving to non-league Gateshead in the late 1950s. An injury ended his career in 1961, but he moved into coaching and spent three years as coach with the club. In 1964 he was appointed manager of Bishop Auckland and transformed them from a struggling side … Read More

Lee Sharpe

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One of the biggest names in the British game during the nineties, Lee Sharpe is recognised by many as one of the finest players of his generation. He thrived under the management of Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and kept the likes of Ryan Giggs in the shade … Read More

Matt Le Tissier

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Matt Le Tissier played youth football on the island and was clearly a class above his team. After a failed trial at Oxford United he signed to Southampton in May 1985. He played his first professional game on 2nd September 1986. From 1986 to retirement in 2002 Matt Le Tissier spent his entire career … Read More

Neil Razor Ruddock

Larger than Life football character with a great sense of humour. Since retiring from professional fopotball Neil has been in demand for all sorts of media from `I`m a Celebrity` to a recent hilarious `Celebrity come dine with me` As a former `hardman` defender he is remembered for … Read More

Norman Whiteside

Norman Whiteside was a classy, powerful player who first emerged on the scene as a precocious teenager. He had great aerial strength and was also good on the floor, making him a real handful for defenders. A Belfast boy, he was spotted by the same scout who discovered … Read More

Paul Fletcher MBE

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In 1970 Paul Fletcher became one of the country’s most expensive transfers when he joined Burnley Football Clubfor a Club record fee. During the next ten years Paul Fletcher made over 400 appearances, mostly in the old First Division – now named The Premier League. After gaining four England u23 International caps he was selected … Read More

Paul Merson

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Born in London, Paul Merson started his football career at Arsenal in 1984, joining the club as an apprentice. He made his 1st team debut for Arsenal on November 22, 1986 and by the 1988-89 season was a regular on the right wing making his debut for the … Read More

Peter Shilton OBE

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Peter Shilton was born in Leicester, September 1949. He started training with his local clubLeicester City aged 13. Within four years, Shilton had forced the legendary Gordon Banks’ own departure from Leicester after the teenager gave the club an ultimatum over which goalkeeper should be first choice. In May 1966, aged 16, Peter Shilton made … Read More

Ray Clemence MBE

Ray Clemence was born in Skegness on 5 August 1948 and, for a goalkeeper who was to become one of the best in the English game, the early part of his career was less than spectacular. He first joined Notts County as a junior, but signed for Scunthrope … Read More

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