Footballers’ lives

Football has become rich and cosmopolitan and at the heart of our entertainment culture. But what about the footballers themselves?

By Jason Cowley   75

I was on the terraces of the old North Bank at Highbury on that warm spring afternoon in 1989 when English football changed forever. A final year undergraduate at the time, I had travelled to London to watch Arsenal, in contention for their first championship since 1971, play Newcastle. The crowd of less than 35,000 was disappointing-the capacity of Highbury was 55,000 in those days of banked terraces, when you could wake on a Saturday morning and decide, as I had, to watch a top-flight football match. But it meant there was space to move on the terraces that afternoon,…

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