Prati, Serena and Villa’s Withe – how easy we forget some of Europe’s winners

THE death of Pierino Prati will have been met with appropriate sadness in Milan and Rome, but outside of Italy, there’s probably a lot of football fans who have never heard of him. He is part of a list of players who were on target in crucial games but their place in history has largely […]

Inter Milan 1989 – Italian football with a teutonic twist

SERIE A in the late 1980s and early 1990s was a fiercely competitive landscape with all-star line-ups comprising some of the world’s best players. Italy was a magnet for top talent, including Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Diego Maradona, Gianluca Vialli and Michael Laudrup, to name but a few. The rest of Europe just sat […]

Great Reputations: Hellas Verona 1985 – a romantic tale to rival Shakespeare

MODERN football has made it nigh on impossible for provincial teams to win major prizes. As the game’s chief beneficiaries are mostly metropolitan clubs from large cities, the possibility of an unexpected championship triumph becomes beyond rare. In Italy, Juventus from Turin and the Milanese clubs have invariably dominated Serie A, but very rarely, a […]

Picture Post: How we used to live – stadiums from the 80s

THESE photos, taken in the period between 1988 and 1991, demonstrate how football has changed in the past 30 years. Mansfield, circa 1989. A notable main stand, similar to Arsenal’s Highbury stands. Also notable is the attire of the locals. On the right is Rochdale’s Spotland, taken before the home team’s game with Scunthorpe in […]

We are the Champions: 1984-85 – Everton

AFTER Liverpool’s three-year stranglehold on the league title, the trophy made the short journey across the city to Everton’s Goodison Park, with the Toffees’ first championship since 1970. Everton were surprise winners, although the quality of their performances, resulting in a 13-point margin at the top of the table, fully justified their position as champions. Nobody […]