Great Football League Teams 40: Reading 1985-6

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Great Teams | 2 Comments
Great Football League Teams 40: Reading 1985-6

Prior to 1985, Reading had spent only a handful of seasons in their history above the third tier of the English game. Since then, the impact of economic geography and demography, the emergence of John Madejski in classic sugar daddy mode and a cautious, realistic emphasis on slow, sustainable progress have allowed the Royals to establish themselves as a top ten Championship club (I’m not so naïve to …

Great Football League Teams 39: Charlton Athletic 1997-8

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Great Teams | One Comment
Great Football League Teams 39: Charlton Athletic 1997-8

The 39th step in our Great Teams series sees the archive approach its third anniversary – and we are delighted to welcome Al Gordon, purveyor of the eclectic God, Charlton and Punk Rock website to TTU Towers; Al having become a regular at The Football Attic in recent months. Here. Al waxes lyrical on the subject of the Addicks’ 1997-8 vintage – he can be followed on Twitter here

Great Football League Teams 38: Liverpool 1893-4

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Great Teams, Uncategorized | One Comment
Great Football League Teams 38: Liverpool 1893-4

Liverpool’s first promotion into the top flight of English football came but a year after the founding of the club in 1892 and it’s as well to remind ourselves of the circumstances preceding this first gathering of silverware.

For the Liver Birds were actually founded as a splinter group from Everton following an internecine dispute that saw patron, brewer and Tory councillor (ouch) John Houlding and his fellow freemason John …

Great Football League Teams 37: Leyton Orient 2005-06

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Great Teams | 2 Comments
Great Football League Teams 37: Leyton Orient 2005-06

Hot on the heels of John McGee’s well-received Brighton yesterbation, Orient supporter Chris Roberts takes us back to the mid 2000s and ‘that’ goal at Oxford.

Early in my career, I was advised never to start a presentation with an apology. Similarly, I should probably have avoided beginning a piece on a lower league football team with a well-worn cliché, but it’s undeniable that life for Leyton Orient …

Great Football League Teams 36: Brighton and Hove Albion 2010-11

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Great Teams | 8 Comments
Great Football League Teams 36: Brighton and Hove Albion 2010-11

Last Wednesday Bradley Wiggins’ big yellow Tour de France victory parade passed near to a town synonymous with its greatest ever champion – Mourenx, site of the coming of age of the indomitable Belgian, Eddy Merckx.  From the moment his breakaway victory there on the 17th stage of the 1969 Tour, people spoke in hushed tones about Merckx’s achievement.

In leaving his great rival Felice Gimondi for dead in …

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