‘TheHardTackle Relic’ is a semi-regular column which dusts off the pages of football history. It intends to walk you down memory lane and relive events, players and teams long forgotten. Today we revisit the inspiring journey of Sir Bobby Robson. Revered in Newcastle and the North East, Sir Bobby Robson is a man who enjoys phenomenal popularity. He means so much to every generation of Englishmen: from his playing days with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion in the 1950s and 1960s, to his twenty England caps and his brilliant management career over the past 38 years, Bobby Robson has inspired generations of fans. In his early adult years he grew-up in North East, and his working life before football in the mines of Langley Park, where he went underground for a year and a half at the age of fifteen. Regarded as the most successful living English manager of all-time, he has been witnessed to some of the most historic sporting […]
TheHardTackle takes a loot at Inter Milan's One-Legged Genius: Mario Corso , and Registas, WaterCarriers
Herbert Champan was one of the inventors of the modern game and it is largely due to him that football got to witness the likes of Matt Busby and Bill Shakly.
Today we look back at two football tours, during two wars and two legends who rose from it.
Out of all the World Cups Germany has won, none is more fondly remembered than the 1954 title. And with good reason.
TheHardTackle looks back at the team to have won the first treble of world football
When one talks of Dutch football in the early 70's, many people unleash a sonnet, announcing the perfection and innovation and dominance of Ajax, Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff. Most people would dismiss of it as an 'April Fool's Day joke' , when they are told that the first Dutch team to win the European Cup is surprisingly, not Ajax - which is a very common and very wide misconception. It was actually the club Ajax would've liked least to have taken this honour, their fiercest rivals in an enmity that runs deep into both clubs' history and has taken root in the very identity of both cities: Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Ricardo Bochini, a name that may not sound familiar to a football enthusiast from Europe or Asia, is one of the most hailed footballers in South America and particularly, Argentina.
TheHardTackle rewinds memory back to the 40's and casts a look at the often under-appreciated Argentinian football.
The mass brawl, that guiltiest of guilty pleasures, has its merits and deserves to be included in modern football.