The last ever replay match played in FA cup history had everything; a disallowed goal, missed chances, a sending off, an injury time penalty, and one of the most brilliant goals ever scored; and to think of it this match could have been avoided had Roy Keaneai??i??s goal in the original had not been wrongly chalked off for offside. Ai??This was not just a semi-final match, but a match between Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC, two rivals competing for the title of Champion of England. Backdrop The previous season Arsenal FC lifted the premier league title by overhauling Manchester Unitedai??i??s eleven point lead in Arsene Wengerai??i??s first full season as manager of Arsenal. Wenger became the first non-British manager to win the title league in England.Ai?? Few days later Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 2-0 to lift the FA cup, thus becoming only the second team after Manchester United to win a second double in English football. During the early […]

Before there was John Terry for Chelsea FC, there was Roy Bentley. Bentley was captain of the Chelsea FC side in 1955 when they won the English First Division (as it was known then) under the stewardship of Ted Drake with the lowest points total ever. That season he also scored 21 goals. Bentley played slightly deeper than a forward would which was new tactic at that time and unsettled opposition defenses. He was the poineer of the deep lying forward position. Before signing for Chelsea FC, Roy Bentley served with the Royal Navy on destroyers and minesweepers during the Second World War. He played for Bristol Rovers and Bristol City as a center half. By the time he joined Newcastle United in 1946 he was converted to a forward. He played for the Tyneside club for two seasons but left abruptly after doctors advised him he had to move away from the cold air of North east to protect […]