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”
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
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
My first reaction, yesterday: The press have appointed David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor. Will he follow in the footsteps of Wilf McGuinness or Frank O’Farrell? Man Utd would be better off trying to coax Jupp Heynckes out of retirement, as least for 3 years. You need an experienced and successful interim between a legend and… Continue reading Replacing Alex Ferguson
The 2013 League Cup Final on 24 February 2013 between Swansea City and Bradford City has been notable for the following: Swansea City are the first Welsh club to win the League Cup. This is only the second occasion that a Welsh club has won either of the two major domestic cup competitions in England.… Continue reading Last Eight To Finals Of The League Cup, 2012-2013