IF BAYERN Munich win the Bundesliga this weekend, it will complete a clean-sweep for the five champions of the major European leagues, in oither words, every winner from 2017-18 will have retained their title. Across the big five (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), we have seen monopolies emerge over the past eight seasons – Juventus (8 titles), Bayern (7), Paris Saint-Germain (6) Barcelona (5) … Continue reading Doubles all round?
Lancashire was the heartland of early industrial football. Look at the first Football League of 1888-89 and you’ll see that five of the 12 pioneers were Lancastrian. Bolton Wanderers were one of the five and it fifth place was where they ended up in 1888-89. The “Trotters” were not one of the more successful clubs from the region, although they finished runners-up in 1894 and … Continue reading Great Reputations: Bolton Wanderers, cup kings of the 1920s
I should have expected it. Two clubs, positioned at 86 and 91 in the rankings, terrified of making the drop into non-league football. Portsmouth and Torquay. The home side, reeling after three relegations in four years, the visitors looking like they might become something of a yo-yo club. Welcome to Fratton Park, “owned by Pompey fans”. Traditional football fans can’t help but like the place. … Continue reading Calling in on….Portsmouth, the Pompey clangers