Everton and the “golden vision”

TODAY, players’ nicknames lack imagination. There are no “Black pearls”, “Nijinskys”, “Maradonas of the Carpathians” or “Ghosts” (for the uninitiated, these players were: Eusebio, Colin Bell, Georgi Hagi and John White). In the 1960s, Alex Young of Everton was dubbed “The Golden Vision” – a near-celestial nickname. It was Tottenham Hotspur’s double-winning captain, Danny Blanchflower, that coined the phrase in tribute to Young. Ironically, it … Continue reading Everton and the “golden vision”

The best bridesmaids: 10 teams that should have been champions

THE STATISTICS suggest that Liverpool 2018-19 are the best-ever nearly men in English football history. Certainly, 97 points is a phenomenal record, but the figures only tell part of the story. Liverpool’s performances, the charisma of Jürgen Klopp and the attacking power of the team will forever be remembered, and not just by Reds’ fans. Putting rivalries aside and taking an objective look at the … Continue reading The best bridesmaids: 10 teams that should have been champions

The best bridesmaids: 10 teams that should have been champions

THE STATISTICS suggest that Liverpool 2018-19 are the best-ever nearly men in English football history. Certainly, 97 points is a phenomenal record, but the figures only tell part of the story. Liverpool’s performances, the charisma of Jürgen Klopp and the attacking power of the team will forever be remembered, and not just by Reds’ fans. Putting rivalries aside and taking an objective look at the … Continue reading The best bridesmaids: 10 teams that should have been champions

We are the Champions: 1987-88 – Liverpool

LIVERPOOL  returned to the top of the first division two years after their double-winning performance of 1985-86. It was a reshaped Liverpool team that was crowned champions, playing a brand of football that led many pundits to declare them as one of British football’s best-ever sides. Liverpool spent heavily in building this team, signing England internationals John Barnes (£ 900,000 from Watford) and Peter Beardsley … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1987-88 – Liverpool

We are the Champions: 1986-87 – Everton

AFTER finishing runners-up to Liverpool in both the Football League championship and the FA Cup in 1985-86, thus relinquishing the title they won in 1985, Everton bounced back to become champions for the second time in three seasons. This was a significant achievement given they lost their leading forward Gary Lineker to Barcelona after a summer in which the England forward had finished top scorer … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1986-87 – Everton

Great Reputations: WBA 1978-79 – uncrowned people’s champions

THE PASSING of Cyrille Regis is an appropriate time to assess the West Bromwich Albion team of 1978-79, a side that would have been very popular champions should they have kept pace with the all-conquering Liverpool unit of that era. Albion played with an attitude that was as flamboyant as their manager at the time, Ron Atkinson. Love him or hate him, Atkinson always divides … Continue reading Great Reputations: WBA 1978-79 – uncrowned people’s champions

We are the Champions: 1983-84 – Liverpool

LIVERPOOL completed a hat-trick of Football League titles in 1984, only the third club to achieve that feat, in a season that will always be considered to be one of their most productive. In addition to being crowned champions once again, they also won the European Cup and the Football League Cup. These successes were all the more remarkable given that the club had waved … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1983-84 – Liverpool

We are the Champions: 1980-81- Aston Villa

SEVENTY-PLUS years had passed since Aston Villa had last won the Football League Championship, their six title triumphs ended in 1910. In the intervening decades, Villa had known despair at times, spending  two years in Division Three at the start of the 1970s. In 1975, under the ultra-disciplinarian, Ron Saunders, Villa returned to the top flight, also winning the Football League Cup in 1974-75. Villa … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1980-81- Aston Villa

We are the Champions: 1973-74 – Leeds United

From the late 1960s, Leeds United were always in the running for the Football League championship. Between 1964-65 – their first season in the top division after promotion – and 1972-73, Leeds had won five trophies and finished runners-up in 10. While being the epitome of the ultra-professional modern football machine, they had also acquired a reputation for being “nearly men”, often failing at the … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1973-74 – Leeds United

The cock is crowing three times…Premier title, what Premier title?

Who is going to be next to deny interest in the Premier League title race? The way that top managers are speaking at the moment, it sounds like they have already handed the prize to Jose Mourinho. While it is a little early to throw the towel in, the reality is that all bets are almost off. Chelsea have a five point lead, Manchester City … Continue reading The cock is crowing three times…Premier title, what Premier title?