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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty-One: Brighton & Norwich Scrap At The Bottom

As February turned to March in 1981, the battle to avoid relegation to the Second Division was hotting up, with just two points seperating Brghton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Leicester City at the bottom of the table. The big match of the weekend at the bottom of the table came from Carrow Road, and was between Norwich and Brighton. With ten games of the season to play, winning points was now critical at the bottom of the table. Our second match from the last day of February 1981 is brief highlights from the match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford. The following week, meanwhile, saw the first legs of the quarter-finals of the big European competitions. So, first up out these matches is the match between Liverpool and CSKA Sofia from Anfield, and we follow this up with what looked like an extremely tricky trip for Ipswich Town to France to play Saint Etienne. It turned out to be a good week for the remaining English clubs in Europe. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by cicking...

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Thirty-Six & A Half Million Holes In The Accounts In Blackburn, Lancashire

At least, the supporters of Blackburn Rovers may choose to console themselves this evening, at least the team won yesterday afternoon. For the first time since the start of last month, Rovers have three points under their belt with a one-nil win against Middlesbrough being enough to lift the team to ninth place in the Football League Championship table. A repeat of last season’s battle to avoid relegation to League One seems highly unlikely to be repeated. If there was success on the pitch for the club yesterday afternoon, however, away from it the results couldn’t have offered a much starker contrast. While the team was playing yesterday afternoon, BBC Lancashire was reporting that Blackburn Rovers Football Club has posted the sort of financial results that send a chill down the spine. Some reasonable level of financial husbandry had been the one saving grace of the otherwise disastrous period of ownership of the Venkys group. In the year to the end of June 2012 the club reported a small operating profit of £4.5m, which we might have hoped would stand as an indication that the club at least had some sort of safety buffer in order to be able to cope with its relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season. A combination of being able to trade profitably and plump parachute payments from the...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty – Liverpool Fall Off The Pace

By the latter part of February 1981, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Liverpool were not going to be finishing the season as the champions of England this time around. Too many drawn matches were costing Bob Paisley’s team, and by the time they travelled to the south coast to play struggling Brighton & Hove Albion they were five points behind second placed Aston Villa, with the number of matches left to try and bridge that gap starting to evaporate. Brighton, meanwhile, were seperated from the bottom three on goal difference only and desperately needed points themselves if they were to avoid relegation back to the Second Division. The second match featured this weekend was another relegation battle, this time between Birmingham City and the team who were tied with Brighton at the foot of the table, Norwich City. The home side were comfortably placed in mid-table, but Norwich had been at or near the foot of the table all season. This report, from ITV’s On The Ball, follows the Canaries to St Andrews for a rare Friday night match. Our final match is a match from the battle for UEFA Cup places for the following season, between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Vincent Tan’s Cardiff City Fiefdom

Tomorrow afternoon at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff City will play Swansea City for the first time in the top division of English football, and from the outside it looks more than a little as if this match might be a be all and end all. Peering in from the outside, it’s not difficult to believe that there has been a something of a sense of “keeping up with the Joneses” about Cardiff’s ownership under Vincent Tan, that parity with the hated “Jacks” was worth the changing of the colours, the changing of the flags and the apparent autocracy that now runs the club with an increasingly worryingly hands-on approach. The battle of the colours of the club has been lost. Perhaps there were too many for whom the blue shirts didn’t matter enough in comparison with being where the perceived action is, in the Premier League. Perhaps there were too many relative newcomers, for whom history meant little in comparison with the ability to puff one’s chest out and say, “We are Premier League.” It’s now difficult to imagine the club reverting back to their traditional colours of blue and white, just as it’s difficult to imagine the very image which represented the football club itself, the iconic Bluebird, being allowed to do anything but fly away into the history books. Since the start of this season, however,...

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Back To The 80s: 1980/81, Part Nineteen – The FA Cup Fifth Round

They’re down to the last sixteen in the 1980/81 FA Cup, and the distinctive aroma of Wembley is in the air. First up are highlights from the second half of the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wrexham – note the gap between the pitch and the main stand at Molineux at that time – and this is followed up with (very) brief highlights of the match between Peterborough United and Manchester City. Finally, we have a replay from the following week. Exeter City had already knocked First Division Leicester City out of the competition, and they’d made a long trip to earn a draw against Newcastle United. The replay saw the two clubs travel from St James Park to St James Park for the right to travel to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the competition. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here....

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