The editor of The Blizzard football magazine and author of multiple books about football including, Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid and Anatomy of England.
Bryan Robson might be from the wrong part of the North-East; although from Chester-le-Street, he's apparently of the Newcastle persuasion, but he's still my favourite player, mainly for the performance he gave in the 1982 World Cup. I think that first game against France was the first England game I ever watched and, of course, he scores after 27 seconds. But actually, it's his second goal, the header, that is so beautiful. Its a real neck-thrusting, Andy Carroll style flying horse header, with the little demi-mullet which gives it that little bit of something special. He's drenched in sweat, he's wearing that kit, he's wearing that wristband. Looking back, I wonder if Robson was perhaps the Steven Gerrard of his day, that he tactically unbalanced teams, that he did things that looked brilliant on highlight packages. You look at United in the 80s and they're not dissimilar to Liverpool now, getting close, falling short. But maybe that just makes him even more a tragic hero.
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