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Garth Crooks
GARTH ANTHONY CROOKS, OBE (born 10 March 1958) is an English former professional footballer . He played for Stoke City , Tottenham Hotspur , Manchester United , West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic . Throughout his career he was an active member of the Professional Footballers' Association and was elected the first black chairman of the union. He currently works for the BBC as a television pundit . CONTENTS * 1 Club career * 2 International career * 3 Media career * 4 Career statistics * 5 References * 6 External links CLUB CAREERCrooks was born in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
, and progressed through the youth ranks at Stoke City signing professional contract forms in March 1976. He made his debut in April at home to Coventry City becoming the first black player to play for Stoke since Roy Brown in the 1940s
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1953 FA Cup Final
The 1953 FA CUP FINAL, also known as the MATTHEWS FINAL, was the eighth to be held at Wembley Stadium after the Second World War . The football match was contested between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers , with Blackpool winning 4–3. The match became famous for the performance of Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews , after whom it was nicknamed. It remains the only Wembley FA Cup Final to feature a hat-trick , scored by Blackpool's Stan Mortensen . Blackpool were making their third FA Cup appearance in six years having been losing finalists twice, in 1948 and 1951 . In February 2010, the boots worn by Matthews in the match were auctioned at Bonhams in Chester for £38,400, to an undisclosed buyer and in November 2014 Matthews' winning medal was sold for £220,000
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England National Under-21 Football Team
ENGLAND\'S NATIONAL UNDER-21 FOOTBALL TEAM, also known as ENGLAND UNDER-21S or ENGLAND U21(S), is considered to be the feeder team for the England
England
national football team . This team is for English players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for England
England
at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s, as Jack Butland , Harry Kane , Calum Chambers and John Stones have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA 's youth competitions, in 1976
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Top Of The Pops
TOP OF THE POPS, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC
BBC
and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1 , except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973 before being again moved to Fridays in 1996, and then to Sundays on BBC Two
BBC Two
in 2005. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week's singles chart. Additionally, there was a special edition of the programme on Christmas Day
Christmas Day
(and usually, until 1984, a second such edition a few days after Christmas), featuring some of the best-selling singles of the year. With its high viewing figures the show became a significant part of British popular culture
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Peter Powell (DJ)
PETER JAMES BARNARD-POWELL (born 24 March 1951 in Stourbridge , England ) is an English former disc jockey, popular on BBC Radio 1 in the late 1970s and 1980s, who has a second career in talent management. Peter Powell kept subtly reintroduced the phrase "Faffing About" whilst broadcasting on the very strict (no advertising) BBC's Radio 1 programme prior to a Levi's promotion night, for Mark Pfaff of "Pfaff's" in Weston-Super-Mare in the 1980's at Crackers Nightclub, which snowballed as a catchphrase. CONTENTS * 1 Early career * 2 Radio 1 career * 3 Management * 4 References EARLY CAREERPowell was educated at Uppingham School , a boys' Independent school in Rutland in England . Powell began his broadcasting career as the first voice on air when BBC Radio Birmingham launched in 1970, and then had a brief spell on Radio 1 in 1972
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Bill Perry (footballer)
WILLIAM PERRY (10 September 1930 – 27 September 2007) was an English professional footballer . He spent thirteen seasons at Blackpool from 1949 to 1962. CONTENTS * 1 Club career * 2 Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame * 3 International career * 4 Post-retirement * 5 Honours * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links CLUB CAREER Perry during his Blackpool days Perry, an outside-left, signed for Blackpool in 1949 after being recommended to the club by scout Billy Butler, who coached him at Johannesburg Rangers. Perry made his league debut for Blackpool on 18 March 1950, in a win at Manchester United . The following season, his FA Cup semi-final replay goal against Birmingham City helped put Blackpool into the Final against Newcastle United
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Manchester City F.C.
MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB is a football club in Manchester
Manchester
, England. Founded in 1880 as ST. MARK\'S (WEST GORTON), they became ARDWICK ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB in 1887 and MANCHESTER CITY in 1894. The club moved to the City of Manchester Stadium
City of Manchester Stadium
in 2003, having played at Maine Road since 1923. The club's most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the League Championship , FA Cup
FA Cup
, League Cup and European Cup Winners\' Cup under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison
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Football League Second Division
Leicester City Manchester
Manchester
City (7 titles) The FOOTBALL LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION was the second level division in the English football league system
English football league system
between 1892 and 1992 . Following the foundation of the FA Premier League , it became the third level division. Following the creation of the Football League Championship in 2004–05 it was re-branded as Football League One . CONTENTS * 1 Early history * 2 Overview * 3 Previous League champions * 4 References EARLY HISTORY Main articles: Football Alliance and The Football League § History In 1888, Scotsman William McGregor a director of Aston Villa , was the main force between meetings held in London and Manchester involving 12 football clubs, with an eye to a league competition. These 12 clubs would later become the Football League 's 12 founder members
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Anderlecht
ANDERLECHT (Dutch pronunciation: ; French pronunciation: ​ ) is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region . Located in the southwest of the city, it is bordered by the City of Brussels , Dilbeek , Forest , Molenbeek-Saint-Jean , Saint-Gilles and Sint-Pieters-Leeuw . There are several historically and architecturally distinct districts within the Anderlecht municipality. In common with all the Brussels municipalities, it is legally bilingual . On February 1, 2015, the municipality had a population of around 118,414. The total area is 17.74 km² which gives a population density of 6,610 inhabitants per km²
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Black People
BLACK PEOPLE is a term used in certain countries, often in socially based systems of racial classification or of ethnicity, to describe persons who are perceived to be dark-skinned compared to other given populations. As such, the meaning of the expression varies widely both between and within societies, and depends significantly on context. For many other individuals, communities and countries, "black" is also perceived as a derogatory, outdated, reductive or otherwise unrepresentative label, and as a result is neither used nor defined. Different societies apply differing criteria regarding who is classified as "black", and these social constructs have also changed over time. In a number of countries, societal variables affect classification as much as skin color, and the social criteria for "blackness" vary
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FIFA World Cup
The FIFA
FIFA
WORLD CUP, often simply called the WORLD CUP, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men\'s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football
Football
Association ( FIFA
FIFA
), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930 , except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War . The current champion is Germany
Germany
, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase , which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals
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Match Of The Day
MATCH OF THE DAY, often abbreviated as MOTD or MOTD, is BBC
BBC
TV 's principal football programme. Typically, it is shown on BBC
BBC
One on Saturday evenings during the English football season, showing highlights of the day's matches in English football's top division, the Premier League
Premier League
. It is one of the BBC's longest-running shows, having been on air since 22 August 1964, though it has not always been aired regularly. Match of the Day
Match of the Day
has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest-running football TV programme in the world. Since 1999, MOTD has been presented by former Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker . Lineker is usually joined by two pundits to analyse and review the day's action
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Queen's Birthday Honours
KING\'S/QUEEN\'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS is, in some Commonwealth realms , the marking of the reigning monarch\'s official birthday by granting various individuals appointment into national or dynastic orders or the award of decorations and medals. The honours are presented by the monarch or a viceregal representative. New Year Honours and Birthday Honours are bestowed each year. All royal honours are published in the relevant gazette , and the daily newspapers of each realm. Honours have been awarded on the sovereign's birthday since at least 1860 , during the reign of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
. The birthday of her successor, King Edward VII
Edward VII
(r. 1901–1910), fell on 9 November 1901. After 1908, the monarch's official birthday in the United Kingdom was moved to the first, second, or third Saturday in June
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Alan Shearer
ALAN SHEARER, CBE , DL (/ˈʃɪərər/ ; born 13 August 1970) is a retired English footballer . He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton , Blackburn Rovers , Newcastle United and for the England
England
national team . He is Newcastle's and the Premier League
Premier League
's record goalscorer . He was named Football Writers\' Association Player of the Year in 1994 and won the PFA Player of the Year award in 1995. In 1996, he was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2004 Shearer was named by Pelé
Pelé
in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players
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Mark Lawrenson
MARK THOMAS LAWRENSON (born 2 June 1957) is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer who played as a defender for Liverpool , among others, during the 1970s and 1980s. After a short career as a manager, he has since been a radio, television and internet pundit for the BBC , TV3 and Today FM . Born and raised in England, Lawrenson qualified to play for Ireland through his grandfather, Thomas Crotty, who was born in Waterford . CONTENTS* 1 Football career * 1.1 Preston and Brighton * 1.2 Liverpool * 1.3 Management * 2 International career * 3 Media career * 4 Honours * 5 Statistics * 5.1 Club * 5.2 International * 5.3 International goals * 5.4 Managerial statistics * 6 Notes * 7 References * 8 External links FOOTBALL CAREERPRESTON AND BRIGHTONMark Lawrenson was born in Penwortham and attended Preston Catholic College , a Jesuit school. His father, Tom, had been a winger for Preston North End
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Football League First Division
The FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION is a former division of the Football League . Between 1888 and 1992 it was the top-level division in the English football league system
English football league system
. Following the creation of the FA Premier League it was a second-level division. In 2004 it was rebranded as the Football League Championship . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Size * 3 Player\'s medals * 4 First Division champions * 4.1 1888–1992 * 4.2 1993–2004 * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORY For more details on this topic, see Football in England
England
§ History of English football . The Football League was founded in 1888 by Aston Villa
Aston Villa
director William McGregor
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