We are the Champions: 1985-86 – Liverpool

AFTER dominating the period from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, Liverpool at last won the coveted “double” with possibly their least impressive team from that period. However, credit was due to Liverpool for timing their run to the finish perfectly, remaining unbeaten in the last 12 games while their rivals slipped up. It was […]

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 […]

We are the Champions: 1982-83 – Liverpool

THE 1982-83 season was not a vintage campaign and even Liverpool’s players, weary at the end of a gruelling league programme, had to admit that “the champagne tasted sour” after a lack-lustre finale. Liverpool were champions by an 11-point margin, newly-promoted Watford were the surprise runners-up. Bob Paisley’s team failed to win any of their last […]

We are the Champions: 1981-82 – Liverpool

AFTER FINISHING fifth in 1980-81, Liverpool – despite being crowned European champions at the end of the campaign – were in something of a transitional period. That was certainly underlined in the autumn of 1981 as the Reds struggled to rebuild their team and found themselves languishing in the unfamiliar territory of mid-table. But a […]

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 […]

We are the Champions: 1979-80 – Liverpool

Although Manchester United ran Liverpool close in the final reckoning, the team that had been all-conquering in 1978-79 retained the Football League Championship in familiar style. It was almost the same Liverpool line-up, with a solid defence, a tough and energetic midfield and the front-line pairing that had been so successful in the previous season. […]