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Billy on the Box: Brian is Moore the merrier after passing test

It was a tale of two Brian Moore’s this week, one who has passed away and one who wouldn’t pass at all.

The one who is still very much alive and kicking is everyone’s favourite rugby curmudgeon (pictured) who popped up on Celebrity Mastermind and John Humphrys stirred him up right from the start by asking him his views on footy.

“I’m impressed by the athleticism, the pace and skill, but I’m not impressed by the diving, acting, cheating and lying but I really like football,” he said before reaching into his pocket for a small blood capsule and accusing Eastenders’ Charlie Slater of hitting him.

He couldn’t even let it lie when he was in the middle of his round, with John asking which player was sent off in the 2006 World Cup Final for headbutting Marco Materazzi. His answer: ‘Zidane — and he deserved it’. Okay, let it go, and well done for winning.

But for those of us of a certain age there’s only one Brian Moore, and ESPN Classic had him at his best in their Red Rivalries series to tie in with United and Liverpool locking horns.

It also meant I could relive my favourite all-time United moment, Bryan Robson’s semi-final replay thunderbolt past Bruce Grobbelaar back in 1985, although it did also throw up a more disturbing mid-eighties phenomenon — the tipped mullet.

Like Anthea Turner in tight red shorts Mark Lawrenson bounded onto the screen, chasing down Cilla Black by the look of it. It was Gordon Strachan but with that gruesome tache it could have been Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog running after him. More spitting in football, Brian won’t be happy, surprise, surprise.

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