The Way We Were: Aston Villa vs Everton, November 1989


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Alex Mowbray says:

    I was at this match, and remember it well. Paul McGrath was also at the game, but doesn’t remember it so well as, according to his autobiography, he was blind drunk. Despite this, he was magnificent !

  2. Dave...... says:

    Great article. The thing that annoys me the most about watching todays games, is the over use of cameras. The endless different angles on one incident, whilst the match is still going on. The close ups of players with the ball, not on the wide view of who he can pass to or who’s made a run into the box (I’ve never gone to a match and had this urge to run to the front of the stand to get a look at the player from 5 feet away). Can’t they leave the zoom alone? With regard to the commetary, I watch it with the sound off.

  3. ejh says:

    I had a “how things have changed” moment earlier today when reading this piece referring to Lech Poznan as “minnows”. Champions of a European country of 38 million people.

  4. Richard says:

    Excellent article. I remember the game even though I don’t follow either team, purely because live games were still a comparative rarity at the time. Although it was Bonfire Night, this was only the second live domestic match of the season. Therefore live football on the television became an event, rather than every week’s broadcast being “Super Duper Mega Crunch Sunday” or whatever.

  1. September 17, 2010

    […] The Way We Were: Aston Villa vs Everton, November 1989 “Watching repeats of old football matches can be an unsettling experience at times. Watch any match over around thirty years old and everything looks and feels different. The levels of technical expertise and fitness may be lower than they used to be, and the look and feel of the spectacle of the match is strangely other-worldly. At what point, however, did this change? When did what we could describe as the modernisation of football begin? I was reminded of this the other evening whilst watching the semi-final match in the 1984 European Championship between France & Portugal.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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