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Football tragedy & boxing triumph (E296)

The agony, even grief, at the collapse of Bury FC, one of the founder members of the football league, and the devastation of Bolton Wanderers has again exposed the conundrum: how can a game awash with billions in revenue be unable to save small clubs whose debts, in some cases, are a mere bagatelle. And why are clubs in England owned by rich men or men who turn out not to be quite as rich as they said they were? To give us the story from the inside we asked Sputnik’s very own football maestro, former top professional footballer with some of our biggest clubs and now a highly successful football agent, Barry Silkman.

They called him ‘the Force’ and he was often unstoppable but British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Michael Watson was eventually hit by the immovable object, Chris Eubanks. In one of the most ghastly British boxing tragedies, Michael Watson sustained brain injuries, the effects of which can never be undone. But the boxing legend fought back from near death to rise again. His book ‘The Biggest Fight’ is a tour de force. His charity work is that of pure champions. So, it was an honour to welcome champ Michael Watson, MBE into the Sputnik studio.

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