Italia '90 revisited - Harry Harris



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Italia '90 revisited - the players' stories
Harry Harris
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Empire Publications
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        'The summer that changed English football'

The 1990 World Cup remains a cherished memory for English football supporters. From the official World Cup song, World in Motion, released before the tournament all the way through to Englands agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to eventual champions West Germany in Turin, the summer of 1990 proved to be a watershed moment for the national game following an horrendous decade which almost saw it banned by Margaret Thatchers government. The then Chief Football Writer of the Daily Mirror, Harry Harris, was in attendance for the full seven weeks the England squad were in Italy. From pre-tournament build-up to the final in Rome, he was privy to the many controversies surrounding the squad that have remained mysteries to this day. Why did captain Bryan Robson return home early? Did a quorum of senior players really dictate tactics to manager Bobby Robson? Was the manager the incompetent nice guy he was painted by the press or was that a front hiding one of the shrewdest tactical brains in the game? Going into the tournament Bobby Robson was an unwilling victim in the nasty tabloid war between Rupert Murdochs Sun and Robert Maxwells Mirror. As the tabloids sought to outdo one another, so the England boss was castigated by both. Yet the success of his team soon forced both tabloids to accept him as Englands best manager since Sir Alf Ramsey and, for all the negative headlines, the mild-mannered Geordie bore no hard-feelings towards the press men, particularly the sports writers who were often victims of the rotters - hard-nosed news journalists who would stop at nothing to get a story. Harry Harris has tracked down Robsons squad for their recollection of the tournament and their memories of some of the controversies. When they returned home they were given a heroes reception as tens of thousands of fans lined the streets, it was only then that the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and Chris Waddle realised that their lives would never quite be the same again... this then is the inside story of the summer that changed English football.

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Harry Harris has won a total of 24 journalism awards. A regular analyst on football related matters on all major TV news and sports channels, he has appeared on Richard & Judy, Newsnight, BBC News, ITN News at Ten, Sky and Setanta. He is also a regular on Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, and TalkSport. He has been interviewed on Football Focus and appeared on the original Hold The Back Page and Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement on Sky.

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