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Hartlepool tough? It’s luxury after broke Boro

HE spent 11 years in the Premier League, played in Europe for Mid- dlesbrough and was twice capped by England. Now Colin Cooper is managing one of the game’s least glamorous outfits at the wrong end of League Two, but don’t expect the 46-year-old to start talking about a culture shock. Because compared to where […]

Where Are They Now: Newport County 1979-80

NEWPORT COUNTY 1979-80: FOURTH DIVISION PROMOTION AND WELSH CUP DOUBLE GARY PLUMLEY says Newport County’s first line of defence was always leading scorer John Aldridge – and it took them to promotion and the Welsh Cup for the only time in their history. Aldridge was signed from South Liverpool in May 1979 and in only […]

Where Are They Now: Birmingham City 1979-80

Where Are They Now: Birmingham City: 1979-80 Third Place Division Two ALAN AINSCOW says that Blues players were almost too embarrassed to celebrate promotion to the top flight after blowing their chance to return to the First Division as champions. Jim Smith’s side appeared to be coasting back into the top flight until only picking […]