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Boris will be wide awake for Her Majesty: On Monday the Queen will begin a historic visit to Russia. Nicholas Bethell explains why our monarchy is so revered there

I WAS there at Wembley on 30 July 1966, when our side hit the underneath of the crossbar in extra time, and I remember the linesman signalling frantically to the referee his opinion that it had crossed the line. It was that Russian linesman, as much as Geoff Hurst, who was responsible for England going 3-2 ahead in the World Cup final.

Football: Time is on England's side: Romania match highlights extent of the task facing Venables

GIVEN that it will be a major surprise if Romania are not back as one of the favourites for the 1996 European Championship, what are the chances of England beating them then? Greater, perhaps, than would appear from Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Wembley.

Letter: English soccer woes

Sir: Miles Kington in his article on Scottish football (5 September) speaks of 'Scottish cockiness', which 'as so often, dissolved into tears' and the 'breast-beating, and wailing, and agonising of the Scottish variety that always follows'. Since he mentions 'one of the classic Scottish gripes', I'll give him another two:

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The hard work of greatness

IT WAS, no doubt, pure coincidence that on the very day when David Platt of Sampdoria was elevated to football's pantheon by his coach I fell into a long and ultimately heated discussion about greatness in the game.

Sports Letter: The Walker way

Sir: Mike Walker of Norwich City should certainly be a leading contender for the job. With drastically limited resources, he has proved that it is still possible to get British players to control and pass the ball accurately, and make intelligent use of space off the ball. In the context of the English Premiership, this is little short of miraculous and makes a mockery of the idea that our players are incapable of such skills. I'm sure Bayern Munich were impressed.

Football: Gascoigne wins computer vote

COMPUTER analysis of English football has found it to be a 'clodhopping, long-ball, kick-and-rush game' that does not meet up to the sophistication of the Continental teams, according to the latest psychological research.

Football: World Cup linesman dies

Tofik Bakhramov, the Soviet linesman who judged Geoff Hurst's shot against the crossbar in the 1966 World Cup had crossed the line to put England 3-2 ahead of West Germany, has died in his native Azerbaijan at the age of 66.

Football: Fond farewell to the legend

THE long banner draped behind the North Bank goal put into words the feelings of everyone present: 'Goodbye Bobby - thanks for the memories'. They came in their thousands to fill Upton Park with its biggest crowd of the season, laying wreaths, hanging up scarves, pinning to posts old programmes and match tickets and moving tributes to Bobby Moore, who served the club so admirably on 642 occasions.

Robert Frederick Moore, 1941-1993: A master of the defensive arts: The player

THE WORST thing anyone in football ever said about Bobby Moore was that he was 'an occasional player'. But what occasions. And what a player. If the primary role of defenders had always been to spoil, he and Franz Beckenbauer elegantly and conclusively spoiled that old assumption by proving that they too could be stars.
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