Brazil, Chelsea and England 1970 – Why the perception of “iconic line-up” still misleads us

THE BBC recently published a story that highlighted how rarely some clubs’ iconic line-ups actually played together. It showed that football carries many myths in its rich heritage, but also confirmed that our perception of the component parts of great … Continue reading Brazil, Chelsea and England 1970 – Why the perception of “iconic line-up” still misleads us

Great Reputations: Chelsea 1970 – liquidating the hoodoo

If Chelsea had not got off to a miserable start in 1969-70, they may well have gone much closer to winning the Football League instead of the FA Cup. Not that the Cup was a consolation, because in 1970, it really meant something and for the Blues, it was their first ever FA Cup triumph. Until 2004-05, the team that overcame Leeds United over two arduous games was widely considered to be the club’s most loved and arguably its most successful line-up. Any Chelsea fan from that year would be able to reel off the classic team from that period: … Continue reading Great Reputations: Chelsea 1970 – liquidating the hoodoo

World Cup 2014: A year, a word – 1966-1986

The World Cup brings many memories and they are not always on the field of play. Nobby Stiles dancing, the ubiquitous “John 3:16” banners in Mexico, Gazza’s tears, England’s penalties. And on the field: Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Moore, Eusebio, Rossi, Kempes….we’ve seen them all. Here’s a few memories from 1966 to 1986. In the second part of this feature, we will relive 1990 to 2010. 66 on 66: Dressed in red, white and blue – UK public tolerance 100% England start slowly. Uruguay stifle, Mexico capitulate and France complain as England go through. Italy beaten by Pak Doo Ik. “Animals” … Continue reading World Cup 2014: A year, a word – 1966-1986