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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Thursday

News and links for Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Stoke City v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The story of Stanley Matthews is full of lessons. And, much like those loyal to football’s past, I have come to find that Stanley Matthews the person was equally as intriguing as Stanley Matthews the footballer. Players of the magnitude and longevity of Matthews are rare, but at his core the man simply loved his football and in some obscure yet uncomplicated way, Matthews’ zeal for the game exists in every young footballer kicking about in the back gardens and in slick streets around the world. The enthusiasm he had for the game is perhaps the dominant driving force that makes his story the stuff of legend.

How are your faves doing in the Road to Russia 2018?

You can’t even really be mad at a first touch like that. Really slick goal.

Hopefully he’s thinking about how FREAKING wrong he is about Bill Hamid, who he has like seventh on his depth chart. #fireklinsmann

The A-League! That’s right, the league that you always pick teams from in order to play FIFA against your eight-year-old nephew so that you don’t just score sixteen billion goals against him in the first 30 seconds.

Wait, is this about baseball or soccer? Am I in the wrong place?

More speculation about currency, Brexit, and the impact the of the foregoing on grown men playing games for a living. SPROTS!

Needs to score a couple more against us, obvi.