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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Sixteen – A Merseyside Cup Derby

As mentioned nearer the start of this series, at the start of the 1970s it felt as though, if there was one Merseyside club that might go on to dominate the decade, it may be Everton rather than Liverpool. Everton ended the 1969/70 season as the champions of England, but by the end of the 1970s it felt quite firmly as if they were in the shadow of their neighbours. Perhaps, though, the 1980s would be different. After all, Liverpool had only won the 1979/80 Football League Championship by the skin of their teeth and, as of the 24th January 1981, they were struggling to hold onto the title in the face of prolonged challenges from both Aston Villa and Ipswich Town. The two Merseyside giants were drawn to play each other in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. For Liverpool, this was perhaps one of the less important legs of the club’s challenges on four different counts – the league title, the European Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup were all still up for grabs – whilst for Everton this was a golden opportunity to eclipse their local rivals and take a step closer to a first major trophy since that league title eleven years earlier. We have three other matches from this round, as well. The new Manchester City manger John Bond took on...

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Everton’s Eventful Summer

The Premier League is largely having a quiet summer, but the times are a-changing at one club which has been in a position of stasis for the last ten years.

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David Moyes May Need To Be Given A Chance To Have A Chance

By the time that the announcement had been made, it was starting to feel as if the appointment of David Moyes as the successor to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was old news already. There had been an outside chance that the Glazers might held a sudden press conference at which they suddenly and unexpectedly announce that, contrary to all reporting over the previous couple of days, Dean Saunders was exactly the man that they had been looking for and that they were relieved that Wolves relieved him from his duties when they did, but the truth generally acknowledged became fact this afternoon with the confirmation that Moyes is the new manager of the club, on a six year contract. The right platitudes were given, tributes were all present and correct, and now a newish era can begin at Old Trafford. Continuity is probably the key behind this decision. After all, Moyes is Scottish, has been in one job for a considerable amount of time, and is, you rather get the impression, not the sort of person that you would want to make angry. Times, however, are a-changing at Old Trafford and the fact remains that stepping into Alex Ferguson’s shoes is not going to be an easy task. Ferguson lasted as long as he did in the job because he was the best. He kept winning, relentlessly, and...

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Rivalries & Hatred

There was always something that left an uneasy feeling in the pit of the stomach about the post-Olympic craze for slating ‘football’ for its attitudes and behaviour, and there is still discomfort whenever anyone starts to discuss ‘decency’ with regard to the moral vacuum that is a professional sport-cum-business. Last night at Goodison Park, however, we saw a perfectly pitched tribute to the dead of Hillsborough which left barely a dry eye in the house and reminded all watching that if this game and its institutions can be described as having a soul, then that soul is worth hanging onto. The fulsome tribute from Everton FC was a timely reminder that we are capable of setting aside our tribalism out of respect to the dead and that yes, there are some things in life that are more important than our allegiances, loves and hates. Perhaps, though, this was merely the hors d’oeuvre ahead of the main event on the subject of whether attitudes have changed with regard to English football’s worst disaster. This weekend, all eyes will be fixed on Anfield as Liverpool play Manchester United in a fixture that will, whether rightly or wrongly, be treated as a litmus test for whether supporters can be entrusted with the task of behaving themselves under such a glare. The reaction to the behaviour of some during Saturdays match between Manchester...

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