Tag: Manchester United

Video of the Day: The 1983 FA Cup Final

Younger readers of this website – presuming there are any, and there may well not be – could be forgiven for wondering why those of us in our forties or over get so misty-eyed about the FA Cup final. After all, this is just a domestic trophy. It doesn’t carry the pan-continental gravitas of the Champions League or the marathon-esque slog of the Premier League – why should they care about a trophy that seems to belong in the last century? This evening’s FA Cup final is an attempt to explain. The FA Cup final was an event, and...

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Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Manchester United, April 1992

West Ham United finally say adieu to The Boleyn Ground this week, and they do so with a home league match against a team from the other end of the country against whom they have had more than a few tete-a-tetes over the years, Manchester United. There was a period when West Ham seemed to delight in denying Manchester United major trophies, and perhaps one of the most famous victories of this period came at The Boleyn Ground at the end of April 1992. It had been a quarter of a century since Manchester United had last been the...

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Video of the Day: Leicester City vs Manchester United, February 1976

It’s likely to be over this coming weekend. Leicester City are one win from the Premier League trophy, and it still feels as though quite a few people believe that we are living in a dream at the moment. And that win might come at Old Trafford, from a trip to play Manchester United, so this morning we’re spinning back to the 1970s for an episode of Granada TV’s The Kick Off Match. Leicester City entertain Manchester United on this FA Cup Fifth Round weekend – these matches were actually played on the 14th February 1976, not as per...

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Video of the Day: FA Cup – Oldham Athletic vs Manchester United, April 1990

There is a case for saying that the eighth of April 1990 is one of the most significant afternoons in the history of English football. With English clubs still banned from European competitions, the FA Cup still held a significance that it doesn’t have today and will never have again, and both FA Cup semi-finals were being shown on the BBC. Most significantly of all, of course, these were the first FA Cup semi-finals since ninety-six people lost their lives on the decrepit terraces of Hillsborough just under a year earlier. Few wanted to admit it, but there was...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Aston Villa, January 1983

Aston Villa will be relegated from the Premier League this weekend, and it is perhaps appropriate that their match over the course of this two days sees the club travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United, fellow founder members of the Premier League but also club that has often seemed to have some sort of hold over Villa. What a different world it was on New Year’s Day 1983. Liverpool were six points clear of Nottingham Forest at the top of the Premier League, with Manchester United, under the guidance of Ron Atkinson, in fourth place, eight points...

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