On This Day in Football History – April 2: Lee Bowyer vs Kieron Dyer, Wilshaw of Wolves, & More

?It’s the 2 April and that’s no joke. 

Football is being missed by millions all across the world, but one day it will make its triumphant return. 

Until then all we have is the past and that is providing some great entertainment in these strange old times. 

Today has it all, fights among teammates, Ken Bates buying a football club for £1, and José Mourinho being José Mourinho. 

Here is a look at the best moments from 2 April in footballing history. 

1955 – England 7-2 Scotland

Dennis Wilshaw of ?Wolves did the unthinkable and became the only Englishman ever to score four goals against Scotland in England’s whopping 7-2 victory at Wembley. 

The Stoke-born striker was capped 12 times by his country and finished his career at his hometown club in 1961. ?

1982 – Ken Bates buys Chelsea for £1

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Ken Bates was a Coronation Street character, rather than the businessman who bought ?Chelsea Football Club for the price of a McDonald’s cheeseburger.

During this period Chelsea were in barren times, they had major financial troubles and hooliganism was rife at the club. 

Bates helped steer Chelsea in the right direction and in 2003 he sold up to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140m…and the rest is history.

2005 – Lee ‘Brawn’ Bowyer vs Kieron ‘Death’ Dyer 

Lee Bowyer,Kieron Dyer

?One of the most peculiar moments the Premier League has ever seen. On this day in 2005, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer went toe-to-toe and started fighting in ?Newcastle United’s game against ?Aston Villa.

The match was frustrating for Newcastle, who were being thrashed 3-0 by the Villans.

Then, with about ten minutes to go, all hell broke loose.

Throughout the game Bowyer was frustrated with Dyer for not giving him the ball. It all boiled over and Bowyer confronted Dyer, which resulted in a fierce grappling match. The pair came to blows and ripped each others’ shirts before players from both sides intervened. 

Prior to this, Newcastle’s Steven Taylor had gotten himself sent off with a legendary handball that was followed by some legendary play-acting. Both Bowyer and Dyer were shown reds for their conduct, leaving the Magpies to finish the game with just eight men. 

2011 – José Mourinho loses 

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

On this day, José Mourinho’s 150-game unbeaten home league record ended when ?Real Madrid were beaten 1-0 by none other than…Sporting Gijón. 

Before this his last home league loss as manager was on 23 February 2002 when his nine-man Porto side were defeated 3-2.

When he made the return to Chelsea in 2013 the Special One went 77 games unbeaten at home, this was before Sunderland secured a 2-1 victory on 19 April, 2014.


7 Footballers Who Are Winning Quarantine – Edition 1

What is the point of professional footballers when there’s no football to be played? Surely this lockdown has rendered them redundant rightWrong

This temporary stoppage of the beautiful game has simply forced these stars to diversify their talents…and let’s just say some have been more successful than others. 

Several have go on to star in their alternative careers, while one or two have had absolute stinkers.

90min has delved through social media and we can now reveal which players are thriving in this new world – and which are not – while football takes some time off.

Here’s who’s winning self-isolation this so far…


We are being absolutely bombarded with COVID-19 related news at the moment. That’s why we feel it’s necessary to remind you that yes, Ronaldinho is genuinely being held in Paraguayan jail.

After being stopped trying to enter the country with a fake passport – despite the fact that Brazilians only need a photo ID to enter Paraguay – the former Ballon d’Or winner was locked up and is facing a potential six months is prison. 

Has it stopped him smiling? Absolutely not. 

The Barcelona legend celebrated his 40th birthday recently by posing with a suspicious-looking slab on meat on a stick and is also starring for the prison’s football team, registering five goals and six assists to win his side the most prestigious prize of them all. 

Not the Champions League. Not the World Cup. A 16kg piglet to devour. ?Really, he did.

Winning Rating: 1.5/10

Making the Best Out of a Dire Situation Rating: 11/10

Harry Winks


??We really want to defend footballers when people claim that they are out of touch with ordinary folk… but when Harry Winks makes a cup of tea like this, it is extremely difficult. 

Well done for volleying the teabag into the very boring looking mug, but what is much more important is what comes next. 

First, it is clear that the cup barely has any water in. Misleading the public Harry, very disappointing. 

Second, Winks put about half a pint of milk in it.

Third, he leaves it to brew for about three milliseconds before taking – a presumably pretend – sip. 

He’s clearly never done a tea run while on work experience and it shows.

Winning Rating: 3/10

Tea Making Ability: 0/10

Various Bald Players

Presumably as a tribute to Everton’s legendary midfield pivot of Thomas Gravesen and Lee Carsley, a string of footballers have shaved their heads. 

Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera and ?Paul Pogba are just some of the names to have joined the no hair club recently. Is it just a temporary measure to stay cool during the summer months or could this start a trend?

We are hoping to see 22 eggs ready to do battle when the Premier League eventually returns. 

Winning Rating: 3/10

Saving Money on Shampoo Rating: 10/10

Joe Lolley

??Joe Lolley is not your average footballer. The Nottingham Forest man is politically engaged, university educated and – as he revealed recently – a Football Manager superfan. 

Twenty seasons into a save with National League North side Gloucester City, Lolley finally guided the Tigers to the pinnacle of (virtual) English football. He even sealed the ?Premier League trophy at the City Ground – Forest’s home since 1898. 

You couldn’t write a better storyline. Probably.

What’s next for Lolley we wonder? Maybe one of these ?sleeping giants saves.

Winning Rating: 7/10 

Annoying Your Spouse Rating: 8/10

Gareth Bale

?Gareth Bale has made no secret of his love of golf – ?much to Real Madrid’s annoyance – and the Welshman has been using his enforced time away from football to fully focus on his true sporting calling. 

As well as doing the bread and butter stuff such as ?practicing his putting, the forward has also been partaking in various social media challenges – with a golfing twist of course. 

Whether chipping a ball into the middle of a toilet roll, or doing round the worlds with his six iron, Bale’s social media output of late is doing little to dispel the conspiracy theory that he secretly hates football. 

Winning Rating: 7.5/10

Angering Real Madrid Rating: 9/10

Marco Asensio 

Marco Asensio has had a lot of free time on his hands recently, after an knee injury ruled him out for the season back in July.

At least he’s put his time to good use – by playing loads and loads of video games

How do we know this? Well, the Spaniard clinched ?La Liga’s FIFA 20 tournament recently, thrashing Leganes’ Aitor Ruibal in the final 4-1. 

That kind of virtual domination doesn’t just happen – it takes months of dedication and hard work. Maybe a career as an eSports athlete beckons… 

Winning Rating: 9/10

Sore Thumbs Rating: 8.5/10

James Milner

Here he is, the undeniable winner of quarantine so far: James Philip Milner. 

Whether his new found comedy content is the brainchild of a genius PR company or comes direct from the man himself, it is genuinely quite funny. 

Watching a man – who for his entire career has been derided for being really boring – sort teabags into piles or sharpen pencils shouldn’t be entertainment…and yet we cannot look away. 

The cream of Milner’s comedic crop though is his quarantine XI. The unexpected pinnacle of dad humour that features some surprisingly creative word play. Give us more James. We want MORE!

Winning Rating: 10/10

Teabag Rationing Rating: 10/10

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Paul Pogba’s Priority Remains Real Madrid – Juventus, Bayern & PSG Monitoring Man Utd Star

Exclusive – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s priority remains to join Real Madrid when the transfer window opens, due to his desire to link up with Zinedine Zidane.

Pogba has spent the majority of the season stuck on the sidelines through injury – with the World Cup winner only managing to start five league games in 2019/20.

Paul Pogba

Meanwhile, the likes of Real and Juventus have retained interest in Pogba for months. 

The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer of 2021, but ?United do have the option to extend his stay by a further year – something they will look to do if necessary in order to avoid losing the player for free. 

With ?Pogba’s future still unclear, a source has reaffirmed to 90min that his priority is to join ?Real Madrid, and the Spanish giants do still hold an interest in him. Pogba and his representatives made it clear to United in 2019 that his wish was to depart, and this remains his ambition. He is very keen to work with Zidane, an idol of his.

Former club ?Juventus, as well as Paris Saint-Germain and ?Bayern Munich are also monitoring his situation, but Pogba’s first choice is – and always has been – Real Madrid. 

Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid

Los Blancos had drawn up plans to lure French trio ?Kylian Mbappe, ?N’Golo Kante and Pogba to Madrid over the next couple of summers, but the coronavirus pandemic has complicated matters. Clubs are encountering financial difficulties due to the postponement of matches, and Real are no different. Despite interest, Kante is seen as the least likely signing of the three.

United’s price for Pogba will prove to be a stumbling block. The Red Devils remain hopeful he could yet stay and sign a new deal – this is not impossible, as agent Mino Raiola has hinted in recent interviews – but it is not Pogba’s preference.

A recent report has stated that United are ‘optimistic’ he will stay, as they doubt any of Europe’s elite could afford their star man, though time will tell if the move is to be pulled off.

Paul Pogba

?Real would need to offload players before they are able to sign anyone in the next transfer window, and the club have already indicated to the likes of ?Luka Modric and ?Gareth Bale that they are free to leave. 

Elsewhere, Toni Kroos, ?Karim Benzema and Isco are also at risk of being sold as they look to raise funds.  

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Real Madrid’s Greatest All-Time La Liga XI – But Only Picking One Player From Each Country

?With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, it’s hard not to find yourself watching clips of the great Real Madrid teams to pass the time.

Los Blancos has had some of the best talent in the world adorn the famous white jersey in the Santiago Bernabéu – no wonder they’ve been dubbed the ‘Galacticos’.

With that in mind, 90min have conjured up the greatest Real Madrid team, and have looked to the past for inspiration. But there’s one catch: each nationality can only be represented once.

It’s a difficult task, but here’s the XI we came up with…

Keylor Navas (GK)

Keylor Navas

Possibly an unsung hero in this team, Navas isn’t the most imposing goalkeeper who has lined up for Los Blancos. But his quick reflexes and superb shot-stopping abilities more than makes up for his small stature.

Viewed by some as the greatest Latin American goalkeeper ever, the Costa Rican international won three Champions League titles at the club, and was instrumental in each of these triumphs. He’s also the only non-Spanish goalkeeper to play 100 games for Real, which emphasises just how good he was.

Sergio Ramos (RB)

Sergio Ramos

You either love him for his defending, or hate him for his antics. Regardless, ?Ramos is undoubtedly one of the best Real defenders ever and is versatile enough that we can place him at right-back.

Having won a staggering 21 trophies with Los Blancos, his all-action style has made him a club legend and a shoo-in for this team, despite all the famous Spaniards who have played at the Bernabéu.

Fabio Cannavaro (CB)

Real Madrid's Fabio Cannavaro smiles dur

One of the great Italian defenders, Cannavaro was a superb player on his day.

He only spent three years in Madrid but won two La Liga titles and was given a standing ovation during his last game for his contributions, before heading back to Italy in 2009.

Raphaël Varane (CB)

Raphael Varane

Having spent nearly a decade in Madrid, it’s easy to forget Varane started his career in France before being signed by Los Blancos in 2011.

A level-headed centre-back who is superb with and without the ball, ?Varane has become a mainstay at the Bernabéu. He’s won 17 trophies so far and will look to add more to his collection. Considering how long he’s been at the club, it might be surprising to learn he’s still only 26 years old…

Santiago Solari (LB)

Santiago Solari

The weak-spot of this team? For sure. But Solari is still a decent player to have regardless.

A solid player who could be relied upon to do whatever was asked of him, the Argentinian international made over 200 appearances for the club. He won two La Liga titles, as well as a Champions League, before departing for Inter in 2005 and later returned for a short spell as Real’s manager.

David Beckham (CM)

Real Madrid?s British soccer legend Davi

Beckham arrived to Madrid in 2003 with much fanfare and the England star delivered, with his trademark crossing and passing abilities setting up many a goal for his teammates, including in the 2006/07 La Liga-winning season.

Is he a centre-midfielder? Not really, but we’re willing to make an exception for the Manchester United legend…

Luka Modri? (CM)

Luka Modric

?Modri? has been so good for Real, that he’s excelled at every role the club have asked him to play – whether it was playing behind the striker, or now as a deep-lying holding midfielder.

The Croatian international has been ever-present for Los Blancos since he arrived in 2012 and has won 16 trophies to go with his 2018 Ballon d’Or award. 

With all that being said: how could we not have him in this team?

Toni Kroos (CM)

Toni Kroos

One of the best passing midfielders of the decade, ?Kroos is another player who can do it all.

He can play in any midfield position and play there well – whether tasked with snuffing out opposing attacking midfielders or creating openings for his strikers.

The German is a fantastic player to have, and with over 250 games for Real, is another easy pick for this team.

Cristiano Ronaldo (RW)

Cristiano Ronaldo

The team wouldn’t be complete without ?Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arriving in 2009 as an exceptional dribbling winger, he evolved his game at Madrid to become a lethal centre-forward.

With 450 goals for the club, the Portuguese legend was a club icon when he left, and Los Blancos still miss his goal-scoring ability as they’ve struggled to replace him ever since.

Ronaldo (ST)


It’s great to have one Ronaldo, but two of them makes this team an outstanding one.

The man they call ‘El Fenomeno’ was a once-in-a-generation talent who could score with every opportunity that was given to him. Many regard the Brazilian as the complete forward, who terrified defenders whenever he ran at them.

If you don’t believe us, watch his hat-trick against Man Utd in 2003. A jaw-dropping display.

Gareth Bale (LW)

UEFA Champions League"Real Madrid v Manchester City FC"

Even though he’s recently become more known in Spain for his golfing abilities than his football, ?Bale is still a worthy inclusion to complete this team.

When fully fit, he’s taken apart opposing defences with his blistering speed, something poor Marc Bartra experienced in 2014. And Liverpool fans who watched the 2018 Champions League final can agree that the Welshman can score from pretty much anywhere.

A front-three of Cristiano, Ronaldo and Bale? Dreamy.


Gareth Bale Shows Off Brilliant Quarantine Keepie-Uppies With Golf Ball (Obviously)

?Even before the coronavirus outbreak brought sport across Europe to a halt, seeing Gareth Bale on a football pitch was a relatively rare sight.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Wales international might have lost a thing or two over the last few years at Real Madrid, but Bale has dazzled his social media fans with a ridiculously good keepie-uppies video – showing if his ability with his feet and with a golf club.

Did anyone else know Bale liked golf? 

Well, he certainly kept that quiet, didn’t he?

Gareth Bale

Juggling a golf ball, Bale switches between kicking it in the air (as well as showing off the odd trick) and even bouncing it on the end of a gold club.

As the saying goes… 

Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.

Given Bale’s infrequent appearances at Real Madrid, his followers on Instagram might have just been treated to his best performances since the Champions League final in 2018.

Although, if we’re taking Bale’s social media performances into account, it might only be his best performance in the last week.

With footballers the world over taking part in a #StayAtHomeChallenge – you’ve got to do keepie-uppies with a roll of toilet paper – Bale mixed things up by chipping a golf ball (of course he did) into one and, to his credit, he executed it to perfection.

A roll in one, you might say…

Gareth Bale

While Bale’s performances in his living room have been his biggest talking point over the last few weeks, the Wales international hasn’t done much to convince Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane on the pitch.

In 14 La Liga appearances this season, Bale’s been directly involved in just four goals and is on course to have his least productive season since the 2008/09 season, where he played almost exclusively as a left back.

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