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Sunday Night At The Football Palladium 3: Manchester United vs Liverpool, April 1968

Good evening, football fans. This evening’s featured match comes from the First Division of the Football League on the sixth of April 1968. Manchester United are chasing a League Championship and European Cup double, and with eight games of the season left to play, any of they, Manchester City, Liverpool or Leeds United could still achieve the former of these goals. With this in mind, the Match Of The Day cameras travelled north to cover the critical match between Manchester United and Liverpool. Commentary comes from the squawkmeister general, David Coleman.   You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by...

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Raheem Sterling, Obscenity, Outrage & Transfer Fees

In the transfer market at least, this summer has had a slightly unusual feel to it, thus far. Much of the bigger transfer news made has come as a result of player switches that would have been considered relatively unlikely earlier in the year – Petr Cech leaving Chelsea for Arsenal and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival in Manchester from Munich spring immediately to mind – and, with seven weeks still to go before this summer’s window snaps shut and Premier League clubs treating the wealth that they’re now promised as a result of their new television deal in the same...

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Steven Gerrard, The Media & Liverpool’s Structural Issues

As things turned out, at least Brendan Rodgers had more cause to be grateful than most that last Saturday saw Steven Gerrard play his last match for Liverpool at Anfield for now, at least. The media hullabaloo that greeted the team captain at the weekend detracted in no small way from another poor Liverpool performance. This is, after all, a team that has won just two of its last eight Premier League matches, and those wins came against the currently far from mighty Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers. It would be unsurprising to find out that Rodgers had...

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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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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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