Day: July 23, 2012

Match Of The Past: West Ham United

We are nearly at the end of our summer long series of videos featuring matches involving the clubs of this seasons Premier League, and the latest in this series features the club that scrambled into the Premier League via last seasons play-offs, West Ham United. West Ham have a long history of bouncing between the top two divisions – the club has never played below the top two divisions of English football since joining the Football League in 1919 – and our six matches for you come from the period between 1971 and 1986. Our first match comes from January 1971, and it’s a home match against a championship chasing Leeds United team. Our second match is from the following season, and sees West Ham travel to Crystal Palace for a league match played in October 1971. Our next two matches feature very differing FA Cup experiences for the club. First up is a home match against Hereford United from the 1973/74 season. Hereford had only been elected into the Football League in 1972 following an FA Cup run which saw them beat Newcastle United before losing to West Ham in a Fourth Round replay. This time, however, the first match was at Upton Park, and the draw that West Ham scrambled that day only proved to be respite from a giant-killing act. The following season, however, saw the...

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100 Owners: Number 87 – Louis Edwards (Manchester United)

It has, in recent years, become standard for some Manchester United supporters to sing songs regarding the death of Malcolm Glazer. The owner of the club inspires such extreme emotions amongst the clubs fan-base that it is possible to think that him and his family are the first group of individuals to have been involved in this club for reasons that may concern motives other than merely wanting to run a football club and global institution for its own betterment, but this is, of course, untrue and if we are to look back at the history of this club, it is arguably the involvement of another family which truly set Manchester United on the course to the position in which it finds itself today: the Edwards family. The story of Louis Edwards and Manchester United is a story that begins and ends with death, and takes in en route luck, bullying, decline and the worst sort of public exposure. Edwards, however, was a fan of the club from childhood, so how did he end up beginning a succession that would end with one of the world’s great sporting institutions paying for its own take-over by speculators from the other side of the Atlantic ocean? The story begins a week before the Munich air disaster of 1958. Manchester United had travelled to London from Manchester by train the day before...

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