11 times fathers and sons linked up on the field: Cruyff, Ince, Maldini & more

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Former Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea favourites have all crossed paths with family members during their careers.

This weekend Forest Green Rovers saw Charlie Cooper sent off in their 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in League Two, yet this wasn’t the end of the tale.

In an incredibly Sunday League-esque scenario, his father Mark, Forest Green’s manager, was also sent off for his protests.

That prompted us to take a look back at some of the best times a footballing father and son duo have linked up.

Paul and Tom Ince

Paul has given a lot of assistance to his son in his career, taking him to Notts County on loan for his first taste of senior football after just one brief League Cup appearance at Anfield.

After leaving Liverpool, Tom then joined Blackpool, who appointed his father as manager 18 months later. Paul slapped an incredible £25million price tag on his son’s head, putting off many potential suitors.

Arnor and Eidur Gudjohnsen

They became the first father and son duo to appear in the same international match, when Arnor was replaced by his son in a friendly against Estonia in 1996, however an injury to Eidur meant they never got to play together.

Bob and Michael Bradley

Michael joined MLS side MetroStars at the age of 16, making his professional debut under the management of his father a year later.

Bob was relieved of his duties and went on to take over as the manager of the USA national team only a few months after 19-year-old Michael had made his debut.

Rumours circulated this summer that Michael would join his father at newly-formed MLS franchise Los Angeles FC, but a move never materialised.

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Harry and Jamie Redknapp

Harry handed his son his professional debut for Bournemouth at the age of just 16, 18 months before the midfielder joined Liverpool.

Jamie rejoined his father at Southampton in 2005, which would prove to be his last season as a professional as persistent injuries ended his career prematurely.

Danny and Daley Blind

Daley followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a popular figure at Ajax. Between 2008 and 2012, Danny had a number of background roles while his son took to the field at the Amsterdam Arena.

The current Manchester United man went on to play under his father for the Dutch national team during Danny’s extremely unimpressive two-and-a-half years in charge.

Steve and Alex Bruce

A young Alex joined dad Steve at Birmingham in 2005, but left the club after they were relegated from the Premier League. Ex-Manchester United centre-back Steve suggested his son would develop best away from his management.

The pair linked up once more at Hull, as the club’ reached the FA Cup final for the first time, leading to their first appearance in European competition. They returned to Wembley in 2016, winning the Championship play-off final.

Alex even reportedly helped his dad out this summer, convincing his good friend John Terry to join Aston Villa.

Johan and Jordi Cruyff

As a teenager, Jordi moved with his father from Ajax to Barcelona, eventually graduating to the first team before being sold to Manchester United in 1996.

Both father and son represented the Catalonia national team in their playing careers, with Johan also going on to manage the team.

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Dave and Sam Beasant

Former England and Wimbledon stopper Dave joined son Sam at Stevenage as goalkeeper coach in 2014.

Following an injury to Sam, ‘Lurch’ was registered as a player and named as a substitute for Stevenage at the age of 55, 37 years after his senior debut.

Rivaldo and Rivaldinho

Club president Rivaldo came out of retirement in 2015 to help out Mogi Mirim, for whom son Rivaldinho was playing.

The pair scored in the same game, netting all three goals between them in a 3-1 victory over Macae.

Now at Dinamo Bucharest, Rivaldinho did this in the Europa League earlier this season.

Gary and Lee Johnson

Having left Arsenal at 17, Lee joined his father for the first time at Watford, where Gary was the head of the youth department.

Lee played under his father at Yeovil and Bristol City, and is now manager at Ashton Gate, recently leading them to a famous victory over Manchester United.

Cesare and Paolo Maldini

A father and son who are both Milan legends, Paolo also captained Italy under the management of his father at the 1998 World Cup.

In a great family football shame, Paolo’s first son Christian failed to make the grade at Milan, and now lines up for Serie C club Racing Fondi. Sixteen-year-old Daniel Maldini, however, is still among the ranks at the San Siro.


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