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This is the Tottenham Hotspur team which started the 1981 FA Cup final against Manchester City, the game finishing 1-1 after extra time, with Manchester City’s Tommy Hutchison putting his …

We’ve written here more than once about how we actually like the evolution of Liverpool’s numbering system from the 1970s on, even though we probably shouldn’t. Steve Nicol’s versatility, and …

From time to time, we run squad number quizzes on Twitter, asking followers to guess the player by the digits he carried: Another guess-the-player quiz by his numbers at the …

It was a day of contrasts for those of us cursed with the affliction of thinking too much about shirt numbers. We’ll start with the bad news. By and large, …

In the same way that St Andrews holds a special place in the hearts of those who love golf, the announcement of the Sheffield Wednesday squad numbers should be a …

Nicklas Bendtner is looking for a new club after Wolfsburg decided to terminate his contract more than a year early. Whether we like it or not (we don’t), the Danish …

Following on from our look at the numerical inaccuracies of Actua Soccer Club Edition, here’s a real-life deviation from the norm, one we can’t explain. In the summer of 1996, …

Following on from our recent Christian Abbiati post, another missive on goalkeepers preferring not to wear 1. Since the 2005 Champions League final, Liverpool have played a total of 46 …

We’re aware of the irony, that this is called the Squad Numbers Blog but the curator prefers the older 1-11 style. When squad numbers became ubiquitous, we accepted it under …

At club level, Nwankwo Kanu often wore number 9 for Ajax, fitting into their traditional system. When he joined Internazionale, he was given 11 as his squad number while his …

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