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 …
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
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 Wikipedia article entitled “European Cup and UEFA Champions League history” addresses periods of dominance by countries or clubs. What it doesn’t address is how the advent in 1997 of having more than one club qualify from certain countries has influenced which countries dominate the competition. The dominant footballing nations of European club football, Italy,… Continue reading Changing Dominance In The Champions League