Author: Ian

Video of the Day: Watford vs Liverpool, January 1986

The Premier League returns this season and, whilst Arsenal and Leicester City got things under way last night with a match which seemed to confirm that peak Arsenal seems to turn up earlier each year, the first Saturday match of the season comes at lunchtime when Watford entertain Liverpool at Vicarage Road. Despite last year’s disappointing seventeenth placed finish last season, there remains the truth that this team is starting to come close to those made of Graham Taylor’s Watford team of the 1980s. Taylor’s team spent six years in the top flight between 1982 and 1988, played European...

Read More

Video of the Day: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, May 1977

The New Premier League season starts this weekend, so we’re going to spend the week looking at old match-ups from the top flight of significance but which have become forgotten about in the mists of time, kicking off with this match from the very end of the 1976/77 season. They might not have won the league or the FA Cup during this decade, but Spurs hadn’t exactly had a completely unsuccessful decade to this point. They’d won the League Cup in 1971 & 1973, the UEFA Cup in 1972 and finished losing finalists to Feyenoord in 1974. At the...

Read More

Football League Review: Seconds Out, Round One

We spend the summer waiting for it, but when it arrives it feels like a little bit of a let-down. Such are the levels of hype that some to associate themselves with the beginning of a new season in the Football League that, by the end of the first weekend of matches, it can all feel a little bit unfulfilling. For all the friendly matches in the world, the players may still be getting used to each other, whilst in the stands there is a certain sluggish feeling in the air as supporters wake themselves from their summer-long slumber,...

Read More

Video of the Day: Coventry City vs Blackburn Rovers, 1995

Coventry City play Blackburn Rovers in the First Round of the League Cup tomorrow night. Both sides, it might well be argued, are at the lowest ebbs in their recent histories, with Coventry having been relegated to League Two and Blackburn to League One at the end of last season, although Coventry City did at least get their new season underway with a comfortable home win against Notts County at the weekend. Blackburn, however, lost by the odd goal in three at Southend United. Their waiting spell in football purgatory continues. For this morning’s video, however, we travel back...

Read More

Video of the Day: Arsenal vs Chelsea, 1984/85

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. The Premier League champions Chelsea play the FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon, two of the very biggest clubs in England playing for this pre-season trinket before the serious business. The winter of 1984 was a very different time for both clubs. Arsenal, then as now, were a decade and a half sine they won their last league title, but Arsenal teams of the early 1980s were too frequently of a mediocre nature. The glimmer of promise shown in winning the 1979...

Read More