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
Of the 21 clubs that were in the Football League in 1987 when automatic promotion and relegation with non-league was introduced, and were subsequently relegated to non-league (ignoring that some of them have been re-formed): 11 clubs were not in the Football League when the Third Divisions North & South were formed in 1921, and… Continue reading Years In The Football League – Post-1987 Relegation Versus Pre-1987 Longevity
My views about re-shaping the European pyramid have been criticized on this blog and elsewhere. The details of the proposed structure are set out in several earlier posts, dating back to May 2008: Transnational European Leagues Proposals For A European League A British League Atlantic League How The Game Has Changed British League – An… Continue reading A Broader European Pyramid
UEFA adopted financial fair play rules last May. As reported at that time in the Guardian: “Uefa has approved plans to force clubs in European competition to spend only what they earn. The financial fair play rules will require clubs to break even over a rolling three-year period if they want to play in the… Continue reading Competition Faced By European Leagues