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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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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Fourteen – Villa & Liverpool Face Off

With the FA Cup Third Round out of the way, the secon weekend of 1981 was time for the league campaign to get back under way, and it’s worth taking a moment to remind ourselves of how tight things were as hostilities in the league resumed. Here’s the top ten in the First Division, as the clubs resumed their fixtures in the new year. Liverpool led the table, but only on goals scored from Aston Villa and with Ipswich Town in third place in the table, a point behind the top two but with two games in hand on the two sides above them. Liverpool and Ipswich, however, were still involved in both European competitions and the FA Cup, whilst Villa’s exit at Portman Road in the Third Round of the competition meant that they could, in the most literal possible sense, “concentrate on the league.” Meanwhile, even at this point in the season and with only two points for a win, even supporters of clubs down to getting towards the middle of the table could, perhaps, convince themselves that a spectacular run could yet see their club propel itself towards the top of the table. It was, then, as good a time as any for Aston Villa to take on Liverpool at Aston Villa at Villa Park in front of the Match Of The Day cameras. We have...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Ten – Liverpool Back On Top… For Now

The first weekend of December saw Liverpool leading the First Division table on goal difference from Aston Villa, and the cameras of Granada Television were at Anfield to see the champions take on mid-table Tottenham Hotspur, who we saw yesterday morning getting beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion the week before. Our second match this morning comes from The Dell, as Lawrie McMenemy’s Southampton win by a solitary goal at home against Coventry City. By the close of business on the 6th December 1980, though, things were tight at the top of the First Division, with just five points separating Liverpool at the top of the table the then-defending European champions Nottingham Forest in eighth place in the table. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Six – Last Year’s Champions vs This Year’s Leaders

Pushed to the final day by Manchester United at the end of the previous season, the defending champions Liverpool had started the 1980/81 season with a degree, just a degree, of uncertainty. Comfortable home wins against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City had given the optimistic plenty of hope that they could life the Football League Championship, but in a defeat at Leicester City and underwhelming draws against Birmingham City and Coventry City were to be seen the seeds of an uncharacteristically uncertain season from a team that would soon be making a habit of sweeping all before it. In the European Cup, nerves were settled after a 1-1 draw in the first leg against the Finnish club Oulu Palloseura with a 10-1 win in the second match at Anfield. In an era during which attendances fluctuated considerably more than they do nowadays, in the space of just a few days in October Liverpool demonstrated just how extreme this could be. On Wednesday the seventh of October Liverpool beat Middlesbrough at Anfield in front of a crowd of just 28,204 people. The following Saturday, however, a crowd of 48,084 people turned out for the match against Ipswich Town. Under the managership of Bobby Robson, the Suffolk club had started their league season with seven wins and two draws from their first nine matches, opening up – in era during...

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Liverpool Edge The Clash Of The Titans

One nil to the Liverpool. For the third consecutive time this season Liverpool won by a single goal in the Premier League, but these three points may well prove to be worth more than the other six were. Manchester United, albeit a flat, lifeless Manchester United playing in the manner of a facsimile of the team that cantered to the Premier League championship last season, were the vanquished team this afternoon, ending a run of four matches without a win in this most vituperative of local derbies and providing a glimpse of one team that finally seems to be turning a corner and one that showed an unnerving lack of conviction for a match of such importance. The goal that settled the match came early, and was scored by one of the greenest shoots of Liverpool’s season so far. After just three minutes had been played, a corner from the right was headed goal-wards and Sturridge, displaying both presence of mind and intelligence, flicked the ball between the two defenders on the goal line and in to give Liverpool the lead. After such an opening and such a trail in the days building up to the match, we have expected further fireworks, but this was a game that never caught light and at full-time the volume rose from the crowd to a crescendo as much from a sense of...

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