With still more than 2 months to go until the end of the 2008-09 season, there’s already talk of Manchester United and the quadruple of League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, as early as more than a month ago, and even by Manchester United’s assistant manager, Mike Phelan. Advertisements
Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup Final on 1 March 2009 after both clubs came through difficult semi-finals against Championship sides. It will be the first meeting in a final between two of the more successful clubs in major domestic cup competitions.
Below is a newspaper article from September 1963, as appeared in The Official Illustrated History Of The Football League 1888 to 1988.
Continuing from here, nations such as Scotland and Holland, being constrained by their size, end up with league formats that suffer from conceptual weaknesses. Their size also constrains their top clubs from keeping up with the top clubs from England, Spain, Italy and France, despite past successes. This appears to run counter to a basic… Continue reading Transnational European Leagues
I’ve updated the year on year average home attendances for clubs that have played in the Premier League since 1992. For the first time, Aston Villa have topped 40,000. I should add an average home attendance column here, so that it can be seen more clearly how the average home attendance fluctuates with league performance.
“However, finishing third in the Championship equals Hull’s best ever finish in the league – 1909-10, when they finished third in the old Second Division, missing out on second place by mere goal difference (of 6), with only two clubs being promoted.” Oldham were the side promoted after finishing second on goal difference, and they… Continue reading Oldham Athletic
The draw for the FA Cup Semi-Finals leaves open the prospect of a repeat of the 1912 Final between Barnsley and WBA 96 years ago, Barnsley’s one and only FA Cup win. The one time Portsmouth won the Cup was in 1939, 69 years ago, when they beat Wolves, another West Midlands side. Cardiff’s only… Continue reading FA Cup Semis – First Time Since …