Great Football League Teams 30: Wimbledon, 1982-3

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Great Teams | 2 Comments
Great Football League Teams 30: Wimbledon, 1982-3

The nine year rise of Wimbledon Football Club from Division 4 to the English game’s summit is a story of such remarkableness that it’s often forgotten just how much of a yo-yo club the Dons were in the years immediately following their ascension to the Football League in 1977. Indeed, the club’s first two spells in the third tier lasted a single season each — they were relegated under Dario …

Great Football League Teams 29: Blackburn Rovers 2000-1

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in Great Teams | 2 Comments
Great Football League Teams 29: Blackburn Rovers 2000-1

After a two month hiatus, our Great Teams series is up and running again with this account of Blackburn Rovers’ return to the top echelon in 2001, a third Lancastrian study in a row after Fiona Martin and myself considered matters Blackpool and Bolton in turn. You can follow Phil on twitter here – and look out for further entries in the series throughout February.

The 2000-1 season was only …

Great Football League Teams 28: Blackpool, 2006-7

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Great Teams | No Comments
Great Football League Teams 28: Blackpool, 2006-7

Making her debut on these pages, Fiona Martin winds the clock back five years to Blackpool’s momentous return to English football’s second tier. Much has happened in the interim, of course, but this was arguably the season which gave the Seasiders the impetus to push on and climb the league tables.

The summer of 2006 on the Fylde Coast was one of upheaval. Blackpool were still recovering from the …

Great Football League Teams 27: Bolton Wanderers, 1996-7

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Great Football League Teams 27: Bolton Wanderers, 1996-7

In recent years, parachute payments have helped ease the agony of relegation even if their bounteousness can lull a club into thinking the cash flow is never ending. The pattern of a first dry run in the Premier League followed by immediate relegation and then promotion has at times resembled a deliberate strategy — the likes of Charlton and West Bromwich Albion have prospered in a way that clubs

Great Football League Teams 26: Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1982-3

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Great Teams | No Comments
Great Football League Teams 26: Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1982-3

First: a word of qualification. The 1983-4 season that saw Wolverhampton Wanderers promoted back into Division 1 was a shocker. After an encouraging 1-1 draw with a then dominant Liverpool at Molineux in the season opener, the club failed to win until mid November, clocking up an ignominious run of 14 matches without a victory from the start of the season – 16 if you count a double header

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