EVERTON and Tottenham fought-out an exciting FA Cup fith round tie this week, with the Toffees winning by the odd goal in nine. It has been 26 years since Everton lifted a trophy, 33 since the league title last ended … Continue reading Tottenham are still waiting, but which clubs have been in the queue longest for a trophy?
IN the mid-1970s, there was a certain fascination for all things Dutch among the football fraternity. Some managers, such as Dave Sexton, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson, were students of the European game and attempted to bring elements of the … Continue reading Mühren and Thijssen, taking totalvoetbal to Suffolk
IPSWICH Town have not fallen as far as the third tier of the English game since 1957, but unless something dramatic changes in the closing weeks of the season, the club looks set for relegation. The club’s owner, Marcus Evans, … Continue reading State of Play: Ipswich Town – Decline and Fall
SEPTEMBER 1970. Chelsea, FA Cup holders, had started the season reasonably well, although not with the swagger of the previous campaign when they were London’s most compelling team. There had been an air of expectation at Stamford Bridge that in … Continue reading Stanchion-gate at the Bridge
CARDIFF CITY have made quite a few headlines over the past few years. The controversial switch from the club’s traditional blue shirts to red, initiated by Victor Tan and his associates, did little to endear the administration to the fans. Thankfully, the club reverted to blue, but the episode merely underlined the lack of understanding by the new breed of owners of the heritage of the game, and also suggested that marketing is at the root of everything these days. But on Tan’s watch Cardiff have had a sniff of the big time in the form of elevation to the … Continue reading Through the turnstiles: Cardiff City v Ipswich Town
Even in the this age of stadium sanitisation, a trip to Millwall does make you a little apprehensive. There’s a good reason for that. Picture this: a 17 year-old making his first trip to South-East London to see the London derby between Millwall and Chelsea. Alighting at New Cross, there was a tense atmosphere, a few missiles, stand-offs and police and their canine friends by the dozen. Burly “geezers” with thick necks stood on street corners eyeing the arriving Chelsea fans. That 17 year-old pushed on, not really knowing if he would get back home in one piece. Although the … Continue reading Calling in on Millwall….no-one likes ’em, apparently