Day: July 30, 2012

Match Of The Past: Barnsley FC

Following on from our series of archive video of the twenty clubs of the Premier League, we are continuing on over the course of the next nine months with the clubs of the Football League and, since we’re doing this alphabetically and starting with the Championship, first up is Barnsley. FA Cup runners-up in 1910 and winners in 1912 whilst in the Second Division, Barnsley would not go on to taste top division football until the 1997/98 season, but the six matches that we have chosen for you come mostly from before then, with one match from the season afterwards. First up, we see a youthful looking Martin Tyler presenting the goals from a trip to Plymouth Argyle in October of 1980. Next up is a match from the club’s League Cup run of the following year. Having already beaten Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion of the First Division, Barnsley’s next match was against Oakwell against Manchester City, and following this is a home league match from the 1982/83 season against Leeds United. We then return to the League Cup and a second round, second leg fixture away to West Ham United, which they went into having drawn the first match nil-nil at Oakwell. To finish off, we have two matches from the 1990s. First comes a demolition of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux from 1991 and finally...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Aston Villa

For the supporters of Aston Villa Football Club, last season ended forty-eight hours after everybody else. Nine months of purgatory under the managership of Alex McLeish had resulted in the team finishing in sixteenth place in the Premier League, two places and two points above the relegation places, and it wasn’t until the clubs senior management and bowed to the inevitable in getting rid of McLeish that their season could truly begin. Although the team had seldom felt in genuine danger of relegation – they always seemed to be be a win or two clear of getting dragged into the mud-wrestling fight that the end of any Premier League season becomes at the wrong end of the table – it was in this act that the inner calm of the Aston Villa could finally begin to return. McLeish’s replacement was Paul Lambert, who led Norwich City from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons and then to a highly creditable twelfth placed finish in their first season back. Lambert is something of a gamble – all new managers are a gamble, and a new manager with only one season of Premier League managerial experience is perhaps more of a gamble than most – but so far Villa supporters seem reasonably pleased with the modest progress that he has made in tidying up the squad and saying the...

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