AFC Bournemouth have just been promoted to the top tier of English football for the first time (since they joined the Football League in 1923). Tranmere Rovers have been relegated to the Conference, losing their place in the Football League for the first time since they first joined in 1921. The two clubs were amongst… Continue reading Bournemouth, Tranmere Rovers, And The Letter “B”
So Germany have won the World Cup. Which means that, since the resumption of the World Cup after World War II, they have won every World Cup held in a year ending with the number “4”, except for 1994 (winning it in 1990 instead). Germany (or West Germany before re-unification) have won the World Cup in 1954 (in… Continue reading Years Ending With …
Incidences of English clubs retaining the title are fairly well-documented and easily listed. Not so easy so spot are periods where 2 clubs alternated in winning the title. It includes the last 4 seasons (including the one just concluded), with the two Manchester clubs alternating.
On BBC News: “Foreign footballers now appear in almost two thirds of minutes played in the Premier League …. A BBC Sport study has calculated the total minutes played by each nationality in the English top flight, …. English players made up the highest percentage of minutes played in the Premier League at 31.8% of… Continue reading Englishness Of The Premier League (Or The Lack Of It)
With the relegation of Hartlepool United from League One, three of the four clubs that have spent the most number of seasons in the fourth tier of English professional football are back there. The club with the most number of seasons in the fourth tier, Rochdale, are also only recently returned, having been relegated from… Continue reading Years In The Fourth Tier
Manchester City’s 0-1 loss to Wigan Athletic in yesterday’s FA Cup Final means that of the 10 finals they have been in, 5 or 50% have ended 1-0. That is a higher proportion of 1-0s than for any other club that has reached 9 or more FA Cup finals.
Moving away from the distraction of David Moyes replacing Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, three weeks ago, I noted: The cup finals in England, Spain and Italy this season all involve two clubs from the same city/metropolitan area – all Madrid final in Spain, all Rome final in Italy and all Greater Manchester final in… Continue reading FA Cup Final 2013 – Manchester City v Wigan Athletic