Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Four – The Pressure Builds Under Malcolm Allison
We’re now up to the last weekend of September in the first season that we are covering in this new series, and we have a busy weekend of football from the Football League. The cameras of Match Of The Day were at three matches. First up is the Manchester derby between United and City at Old Trafford, which sees the home side continuing to cling onto the coat-tails of the division’s early pace-setters while the Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison is starting to come under serious pressure following his team’s dismal start to the season, which sees them one place of the foot of the table and without a win from their opening seven matches of the season.
Match Of The Day’s second match is brief highlights of the Third Division match between Portsmouth and Fulham, and they round off with extended highlights of the match from Molineux between Wolverhampton Wanderers and an Ipswich Town side that has already opened up a three point lead at the top of the table. On the other side, meanwhile, the cameras of ATV were at the match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, whilst Yorkshire Television – featuring a very young Martin Tyler commentating – was at the Third Division South Yorkshire local derby at Bramall Lane between a Sheffield United side that was in second place in the table at kick-off and eighth placed Rotherham United. Neither team would end the season in the position in which they found themselves this weekend.
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