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    Embarrassing mutiny between the sticks

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 02/03/2019

    » On what had been a stupefying "Super Sunday" which produced two high profile bore draws, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at least livened up proceedings at Wembley by refusing to be substituted in the League Cup final against Manchester City.

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    Toffees can't seem to escape Z Cars

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 09/02/2019

    » When the Everton players walk out onto the Vicarage Road pitch at Watford today, for a moment they could be forgiven thinking they are playing at home. The Toffees will be greeted by the strains of the Z Cars theme tune, which also heralds their appearance at their home ground of Goodison Park.

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    The Seagulls have landed in top flight

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 22/04/2017

    » Brighton and Hove Albion clinched promotion to the Premier League this week, a considerable achievement for a team which came within a whisker of dropping out of the Football League 20 years ago.

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    When getting fired pays rich rewards

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 08/12/2018

    » The departure of Mark Hughes from Southampton hardly came as a surprise. He now holds the unenviable record of being the first manager to be sacked by two different Premier League clubs in the same calendar year, having been axed by Stoke City in January.

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    English public supportive despite loss

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 14/07/2018

    » In the end it turned out to be all a bit too much for England. Even Gareth Southgate's waistcoat looked a bit tired as the manager tried to console his players after the heartbreaking final whistle at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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    Golden and some not so golden moments of the year

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 30/12/2017

    » It is that time of the year when Nobby drags himself out of the armchair to honour assorted heroes and villains who have graced our sports pages in 2017. Admittedly, it is bit of a mixed bag.

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    England ponder painful performance

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 13/01/2018

    » The final moments of the Ashes series could not have been more symbolic in summing up England's plight in what has been a nightmare tour Down Under. While the victorious Australian team gleefully collected all the awards and sprayed champagne at the Sydney Oval, England's captain Joe Root, suffering from a stomach illness, was asleep in the dressing room.

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    Clubs face dilemma of reluctant stars

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 09/09/2017

    » Last weekend's international break is probably the most inconvenient of the year. The Premier League and most other European leagues had barely got going and yet are forced to an untimely halt. It is almost like the Premier league has two starts to the season -- the false start which began on Aug 11, and this weekend, when the clubs line up with their real teams, at least until the January window.

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    Sporting heroes and villains of 2016

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 29/12/2016

    » It is that time of the year when Nobby hauls himself out of the armchair to honour the sportsmen and sportswomen who have acted above and beyond the call of duty over the past 12 months.

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    The day the Saints went to heaven

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 25/02/2017

    » It was 41 years ago that Southampton were involved in one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history when as a second-tier team they defeated overwhelming favourites Manchester United 1-0 in the final at Wembley. It is the only major trophy the Saints have won, but what a scalp!

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