It’s a couple of days later than usual, but this week’s Video Of The Week returns to the BBC’s “Match Of The Eighties” series and on to the 1983/84 season. Liverpool had run away with the 1982/83 league title and they were to repeat this by finishing three points clear of Southampton, with Nottingham Forest in third place. How times have changed. Meanwhile, it wasn’t a terribly good year for most clubs in the Midlands – West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Coventry City, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers took up the bottom six places in the First Division.
In the FA Cup, Plymouth Argyle had a run to the semi-finals before finally meeting their match in the form of Watford and Everton ended a lengthy period in the doldrums by winning the competition. Liverpool, meanwhile, flush with their league championship, had the dubious pleasure of travelling to Rome to play AS Roma in the final of the European Cup. As for England… well, the less said about them the better – suffice to say that they didn’t appear in the finals of the 1984 European Championships. And on the last day of the season, Newcastle United bade a strangely over-emotional farewell to Kevin Keegan as they celebrated promotion back into the First Division, promoted alongside Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea, who had been recently purchased by one Kenneth William Bates.
This is a YouTube video, so it comes in handy ten minute long chunks – perfect for some Friday morning skiving, between repeated trips to the coffee machine and staring out of the window for extended periods of time. Our thanks, of course, go to the original uploader, for making this treasure of a series available for us to enjoy.