We do love a good series here on Twohundredpercent, for the next few weeks, every Friday we will be telling the story of the 1991/92 Football League Division One season. This was, of course, the last season of the old order – the Premier Leaague, born with the blessing of the Football Association for commercial reasons and under the pretence of being all about the national team, was coming, and professional football in England would never be the same again. There could have been forgiven a slight air of melancholy over ITV’s coverage over the course of the last year of their exclusive contract to show top division football, but this was a situation entirely of their own making. It was they that had floated the notion of exclusivity during 1979’s infamous “Snatch Of The Day”, after all.
The Premier League had been a couple of years in the making, but in the end the putsch was swift and decisive. Greg Dyke had first met with club representatives in 1990 with a view to forming a breakaway league, though it took more than a year to get the required assent from the Football Association for the split. And we all know how that turned out. The club’s resigned their places in the Football League in February 1992, and the Premier League was launched three months later. Still, in August 1991, the sun was shining. Arsenal were the defending champions of the English football, and Tottenham Hotspur held the FA Cup, and the two teams met in the Charity Shield a week before the start of the league season. It may be surprising to modern eyes, but only 65,000 people turned out at Wembley for the match, which ended in a disappointing goalless draw. It was the last time that the trophy was shared between two teams before extra-time and penalties were introduced. The following week, the last season of the old Football League Division One began. Here’s the goals from each week of the season, and at the bottom of the page is the league table after the matches played on the 31st August 1991.
Football League Division One Table: end of 31st August 1991
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