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Jimmy Armfield - former England captain and Blackpool stalwart - speaks to some of the heroes of the British game about life before, during and after football in this series of radio interviews.

From the days when a professional's wage was capped at £20 a week and football was an escape route from the pit or the factory, to the unheard of glamour of a continental club contract and the start of the cult status attending the modern game, we hear from some of those who made the journey to legendary status.

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Sir Stanley Matthews

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Stanley Matthews

BROADCAST 1995
20 MINUTES

One of England's greatest players on his regrets at retiring at 50.

Nat Lofthouse

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Nat Lofthouse

BROADCAST 1995
18 MINUTES

The record-breaking 'Lion of Vienna', who could 'run, shoot and head'.

Len Shackleton

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Len Shackleton

BROADCAST 1996
20 MINUTES

Football's clown prince and soccer genius.

Jimmy McIlroy

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Jimmy McIlroy

BROADCAST 1996
23 MINUTES

The Clarets' favourite son.

Cliff Jones

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Cliff Jones

BROADCAST 1996
20 MINUTES

Tottenham's 'Welsh Wizard'.

George Hardwick

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George Hardwick

BROADCAST 1996
23 MINUTES

Middlesbrough's left-back with the famous moustache.

Tommy Lawton

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Tommy Lawton

BROADCAST 1996
19 MINUTES

England's greatest ever centre-forward.

Lawrie Reilly

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Lawrie Reilly

BROADCAST 1996
19 MINUTES

'Last Minute Reilly' - Scotland's greatest striker.

Johnny Haynes

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Johnny Haynes

BROADCAST 1996
22 MINUTES

The game's first £100-a-week player.

Jimmy Greaves

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Jimmy Greaves

BROADCAST 1997
23 MINUTES

'It's a funny old game.'

Geoff Hurst

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Geoff Hurst

BROADCAST 1997
24 MINUTES

England's 1966 hero recalls the match that changed his life.

Jack Charlton

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Jack Charlton

BROADCAST 1997
21 MINUTES

How the Leeds and England player could have been a career miner.

Denis Law

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Denis Law

BROADCAST 1997
21 MINUTES

The striker fans called 'The King'.

Pat Jennings

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Pat Jennings

BROADCAST 1997
20 MINUTES

Top goalkeeper Pat Jennings remembers his long career.

Billy McNeill

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Billy McNeill

BROADCAST 1997
22 MINUTES

The captain of the 'Lisbon Lions'.

Ray Wilson

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Ray Wilson

BROADCAST 1999
21 MINUTES

The low-profile World Cup hero.

Johnny Giles

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Johnny Giles

BROADCAST 1999
22 MINUTES

Player, manager and one of the 'Busby Babes'.

Gordon Banks

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Gordon Banks

BROADCAST 1999
20 MINUTES

England's greatest goalkeeper.

Bobby Charlton

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Bobby Charlton

BROADCAST 1999
24 MINUTES

Footballing royalty in conversation.

Dave Mackay

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Dave Mackay

BROADCAST 1999
22 MINUTES

Honours at Spurs and an Indian summer at Derby County.

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Kevin Keegan

BROADCAST 1999
22 MINUTES

Soccer superstar of the 1970s.

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