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Catching up with Sammy

John Lanchester, 21 November 1991

Among the Thugs 
by Bill Buford.
Secker, 317 pp., £14.99, October 1991, 0 436 07526 1
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A Strange Kind of Glory 
by Eamon Dunphy.
Heinemann, 396 pp., £14.99, September 1991, 9780434216161
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... central significance. ‘Wherever football is played, the name Manchester United is honoured,’ Eamon Dunphy writes in A Strange Kind of Glory. It’s an odd thing to say, given that Manchester United have for quite a long time been powerful challengers for the title of the Most Hated Football Club in Britain. There are quite a few baffling moments of ...

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John Lanchester: Football and Currie, 17 October 2002

... autobiography of the Manchester United player, ghost-written by the footballer-turned-journalist Eamon Dunphy, would clear it up. The book has already been all over the newspapers, for a passage concerning Keane’s feud with Manchester City’s Alf-Inge Haaland. Keane’s big grievance against Haaland was based on the fact that, in the course of an ...

State of the Art

John Lanchester, 1 June 1989

Manchester United: The Betrayal of a Legend 
by Michael Crick and David Smith.
Pelham, 246 pp., £14.95, May 1989, 0 7207 1783 3
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Football in its Place: An Environmental Psychology of Football Grounds 
by David Canter, Miriam Comber and David Uzzell.
Routledge, 173 pp., £10.95, May 1989, 0 415 01240 6
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... had a considerable, entirely malign effect. English football became, and remains, full of what Eamon Dunphy, the Millwall-player-turned-journalist, called ‘Johnny Giles/Peter Lorimer clones without the talent’*: players who deny opponents space, close people down, tackle as violently as they can, and generally run around like headless ...


Julian Girdham: Mansergh v. Arnold, 21 June 1984

... Association held its Centenary Congress. In this month’s Magill magazine the sports writer Eamon Dunphy rails at statements by the Association’s hierarchy claiming the transcendence of ‘mere sport’: ‘Our sport,’ they say, ‘is of particular value’ and the GAA is ‘more than a sporting organisation’. ...

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David Runciman: Narcissistic Kevins, 6 November 2014

... set out to break the leg of an opponent (Alf-Inge Haaland). He has called his ghost-writer, Eamon Dunphy, as a witness to explain that this was not what he meant. When Dunphy is asked if Keane set out to hurt Haaland, he replies: ‘Without a doubt.’ It’s a betrayal. But Keane understands. ‘He wanted to ...

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