Day: June 26, 2011

The Twohundredpercent Vault: Steel City Blues

Our summer trawl through the Twohundredpercent vaults continues with this video on the decline of Sheffield football. More than a decade before “The Full Monty”, the decline of the city of Sheffield and the effect of the collapse of the city’s steel industry was already well documented. This week’s Video Of The Week goes back to 1984. “Steel City Blues” traces the decline of the city and ties it together with Sheffield Wednesday’s attempts to get back into the First Division for the first time since 1970. The previous decade and a half had been a tough one for Wednesday, with the club having fallen into the Third Division and having only narrowly avoided relegation into the Fourth Division in 1976, but they managed to get promotion back in 1980 under Jack Charlton and almost made the FA Cup Final from Division Two in 1983. This film, in three ten minute parts, is a time piece that tells a story of industrial and sporting decline, but also manages to end on a positive note. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: When Wycombe Made The Cup Semi-Final

As the Twohundredpercent summer interval continues, we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers’ run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001. The FA Cup is a competition that throws up surprise results every season, but some records remain and one that may never be broken is that no-one from the bottom two divisions of the Football League has made The FA Cup final. If we go back far enough, there are traces of lower divsion clubs excelling in the competition – Tottenham Hotspur, for example, were a Southern League club when they beat Sheffield United after a replay in 1901 – but since the 1920/21 season when the Football League Division Three came into being, nobody from outside the top two divisions of English football reached the final of the country’s most iconic competition. Clubs from outside the top two divisions do, however, occasionally appear in the semi-finals of the competition. In 1984, Plymouth Argyle ran Watford close at Villa Park, having beaten Derby County and West Bromwich Albion on the way and, in 1997, Chesterfield led Middlesbrough in the first semi-final match between the two clubs at Old Trafford and took them to a replay before bowing out. Surely the most remarkable of these runs, however, belongs to Wycombe Wanderers who, in 2001, made it to Villa Park and pushed Liverpool all the way from a...

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