Day: September 6, 2010

Video Of The Week: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, 1982

We’ve got a little late night video for you this evening, with highlights of the 1982 FA Cup quarter-final match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. For both clubs, the match was an opportunity to renew rivalries after a gap of several season. Spurs had been promoted back into the First Division after a season away in 1978, and ended a run without a major trophy with an FA Cup final win against Manchester City in 1981. Their run to the quarter-finals had already been eventful, including wins against Arsenal, (a then-Second Division) Leeds United and the then-defending league champions, Aston Villa on the way. Chelsea, meanwhile, were in the middle of a slump that threatened the very existence of the club. Crippled by the cost of building their East Stand, they were relegated from the First Division in 1979 and, after a near miss with promotion straight back, continued their descent into medocrity over the next two or three years or so. Ken Bates bought the club, who were said to be losing £12,000 per week at the time, for £1 in 1982 and the following year they had the worst season in their entire history, narrowly avoiding relegation to the Third Division. Still, the FA Cup provided them with some respite during an otherwise turgid 1981/82 season, and their win against Liverpool in the Fifth Round of the...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough

It’ a warm and pleasant Saturday afternoon, and it’s a scene that is being repeated the length and breadth of the country. From the tip of Cornwall to the top of Northumberland, Non-League Day is upon us and at The Dripping Pan Lewes were at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Blue Square South. The initiative has put something extra in the air – a sense of heightened expectation that, in some small and modest way, we, for once, are in the spotlight this afternoon. There are a few nursing hangovers from the night before’s unexpectedly comfortable England win, but these are eased by a welcoming clubhouse, local beers and greasy food. Saturday afternoon isn’t a time for being healthy, on the whole, though. On the pitch, Lewes have a problem. Their reasonably bright start to the season is starting to feel like something of a distant memory already. They have lost their last three matches and their team is shot through with injuries. They managed four new loan signings by the closure of the transfer window to try and plug the gaps, but there has been talk that they may even struggle to fill their substitutes bench this afternoon. The reality of their financial predicament is that they can’t afford to just go out and replace injured players with new ones. They can see the light...

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