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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Two – Cox In At Newcastle

This evening we continue our look back to the 1980/81 football season with the thirteenth of September 1980 and two of the matches that featured in the weekend’s television schedules. The first match is from the First Division of the Football League, between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion. Whilst Liverpool had ended the previous season as the champions, West Bromwich Albion had finished in mid-table, something of a disappointment considering that they had finished in third place in the league and qualified for the UEFA Cup the year before that. They went into this match in seventh place in the table but it turned out to be a comfortable afternoon’s work for Liverpool. The result saw West Bromwich Albion drop to tenth place in the table, whilst Liverpool jumped from fifth to third place in the table behind the early season pace-setters, Ipswich Town and Southampton. Meanwhile in the Second Division, the cameras of Match of The Day were at Loftus Road for the match between Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United. Newcastle were starting their third consecutive season at this level following relegation in 1978 and following a dismal start to the season, which saw them fail to win any of their first three league matches, manager Bill McGarry was sacked after losing to Bury in the League Cup. Under caretaker manager Joe Harvey, who had previously played...

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The 200% Premier League Pre-Season: Newcastle United

There are several football clubs at which a sense of conflict has, in recent years, become the normal state of affairs, but at few has the sense of embitterment on the part of the supporters been as keenly as felt as it has at Newcastle United. Mike Ashley took control of the club in 2007, but it took less than a year and a half from the point of his take-over for it be publicly announced that it was up for sale for the first time and, against an atmosphere of increasing acrimony since then, the club has tumbled back into the Football League Championship, wandered back into the Premier League at a canter, and surprised everybody by managing European football at the end of the season before last before something approaching normal service – as if there could ever be such a thing as “normal” when it comes to Newcastle United – resumed last season with a sixteenth placed finish. If there were any consolations to be had from such a dismal season, then at least the club’s supporters could point to having finished three points ahead of rivals Sunderland, but this was little more than a thin gruel of a consolation. Last season was more than a disappointment for Newcastle United. It was an abomination. Mike Ashley seems to have two aspects to his leadership style which...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Newcastle United

It’s easy to forget, when the news is throwing stories at us at such a high velocity as they do these days, that this time two years ago that Newcastle United supporters were anxiously returning to the Premier League after a brief sabbatical and worrying whether their club would get dragged into a relegation battle again. Time, however, makes fools of us all. Newcastle Uniteds performance last season, which ended in a fifth-placed finish, was arguably the stand-out performance of any club in the entire division and the question that must now be asked is a straightforward one: is Alan Pardew capable of repeating the alchemy that he managed last season? Such an achievement would be a quite remarkable one. Last season, the torpor that hung over Stamford Bridge and Anfield allowed a window of opportunity that may not be available again this time around. But for all the cries of last season’s performance being a flash in the pan, there are enough chinks in the armour of those that would seek to compete with them around these places in the table to suggest that a repeat may not necessarily be beyond them. True enough, Chelsea are unlikely to be as weak in the Premier League again this season as they were last time around, but both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have taken something of a leap in the...

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