Great Football League Teams 35: Fulham, 1982-3

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Great Teams | 6 Comments
Great Football League Teams 35: Fulham, 1982-3

Every one of the previous thirty four entries in our Great Teams series has featured promoted teams and this would seem apt given the epithet ’lower leagues’ so often applied to the English divisions 2 to 4.

Today, however, we feature a Fulham side that finished the 1982-3 season outside the promotion places. A tempestuous and controversial 1-0 defeat at Derby (more of which later) left the Cottagers short of …

Great Football League teams 34: Derby County 1986-7

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Great Teams | No Comments
Great Football League teams 34: Derby County 1986-7

Part 34 of our Great Teams series sees us welcome Jonathan Rodgers, a long time fan of Derby County. Here, he recalls one of the great Baseball Ground campaigns – always a fiendishly difficult place to visit as an away fan and a place that simply oozed character, history and tradition. Jonathan can be followed on Twitter at @popsider

It’s started already. Ten months of undoubted, solid progress for Derby …

Great Football League Teams 33: Walsall, 2000-1

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Great Teams | 3 Comments
Great Football League Teams 33: Walsall, 2000-1

The thirty third installment in our Great Teams series sees us remain in the midlands. Nathan Briant has recently blogged on the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England manager but here, he casts his mind back to an entertaining Walsall side from just over a decade ago, one whom one member of the TTU staff remembers with much anguish after an unhappy visit to the Millennium stadium. Nathan can be

Great Football League Teams 32: Aston Villa, 1987-88

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Great Teams | 6 Comments
Great Football League Teams 32: Aston Villa, 1987-88

Poor Graham Taylor. Forever criticized for his bewilderment at people not being able to ‘knock it’ and taking on the impossible job, his career trajectory more than stands scrutiny but, even when winning, the praise he is damned with is feinter than feint — ‘a dull long ball merchant, out of his depth in more rarefied climes and the personification of English football’s problems’.

Take the Aston Villa for whom …

Great Football League Teams 31: Liverpool 1961-2

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Great Teams | 5 Comments
Great Football League Teams 31: Liverpool 1961-2

I grew up during a period of near total domination for Liverpool Football Club but one thing I shall always remember is a notebook my Dad had stored away in which he had kept a record of all the FA Cup results for several seasons in the early 1950s.

Poring through this, I recall my shock at reading the score line, ‘Gateshead 1-0 Liverpool’ – to such an extent that …

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