This week’s Video Of The Week sees us return to the BBC’s Match Of The Eighties collection for the final episode in the series, for the 1985/86 season. The season before had been the one in which English football had finally been found out with the twin tragedies of Valley Parade and Heysel exposing the extent of the rottenness at the core of the game. English clubs were banned from European competition indefinitely and, as if to mark the fall from grace of the game, a dispute over television rights meant that no live matches in the First Division were shown until Christmas.

Still, though, the game went on with one of the tightest championship battles on record, with three clubs – Everton, Liverpool and, improbably, West Ham United – going into the final Saturday of the season with a chance of winning the title. In the meantime, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were in the process of qualifying for the 1986 World Cup finals, although Scotland’s qualification was marred by the sudden death of their manager, Jock Stein, at the end of their qualifying match at Ninian Park, Cardiff against Wales. Scotland went on to qualify after a two-legged play-off win against Australia under the managership of Alex Ferguson.

This video, from YouTube, is divided up into five parts and is hosted, as this entire season was, by Danny Baker. Our thanks, of course, go to the original uploader.

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