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Day: July 1, 2011

Video Of The Week: The Barclays League Season Review, 1991/92

A timewaster, then, for a Friday afternoon. It was twenty years ago this year that the First Division of the Football League was lining up for its last season before the breakaway that would change the face of English football forever, and this afternoon we are commemorating this by taking a trip back in time to the 1991/92 season and the Football League’s official review of the season. Times were, of course, very different to now. The First Division included, amongst others, Luton Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Wimbledon, whilst the eventual destination of the championship ended up being Elland Road, at the end of Leeds United’s second season back in the First Division after the best part of a decade in the wilderness. Our thanks go to the original uploader of this magnificent historical artifact. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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A Scheduled Problem: The SPL Starts Early

When Mick Jagger and Keith Richards kicked around the lyrics and arrangement for “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” neither likely found their inspiration from Scotsmen knocking a ball about. The chorus, however, summarizes somewhat the spot where some clubs from the SPL find themselves as the 2011/12 season approaches and stadium personnel would not be faulted for including the song during opening warm-ups. Not quite ready to reinstate a winter break abandoned following the 2000/01 campaign while largely opposed to embarking on a summer schedule, the league’s most recent solution will see its play begin on 23 July, two weeks before the English Football League and three weeks before the English Premiership. The decision for the earlier start–announced in late February–was seen by SPL CEO Neil Doncaster as an attempt to reduce fixture congestion later in the season and allow those clubs competing in Europe better preparation. As with most things north of Hadrian’s Wall, though, the Old Firm had something to say about the alteration. This time, Celtic claimed special dispensation due to the early time conflicting with its participation in a money-spinning pre-season tournament. Doncaster and the league chiefs compromised, allowing Celtic to postpone its opening day fixture in order to take part in the Dublin Super Cup.  The special accommodation then extended to the other SPL clubs, permitting them to postpone one league match during the season in lieu of a friendly. Considering friendlies provide those clubs the ability to fund their way through periods of ...

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