Club haven't made use of Premier League money
10 March ~ Blackpool extended their winless run to 18 games at the weekend with a 1-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth, pushing the club ever closer to the relegation zone. Having been fourth at the end of November they are now only six points clear of Yeovil in 22nd. It precipitated the most vocal opposition to the club's ownership heard at Bloomfield Road in years. Strange then to think that it was only three years ago that the Seasiders were lighting up the Premier League and a lot of people are entitled to ask: where has it all gone wrong?
Stockholm Olympic Stadium is famous for having hosted two Olympic Games (in 1912 and Melbourne 1956 equestrian competition). With a capacity of 14,500, it's better known by football fans for being home to Swedish side Djurgardens for 77 years. In 2013, though, the club left due to UEFA and Swedish Football Association requirements and now they share the modern Tele2 Arena with Hammarby IF. For this reason, the Stockholm Olympic Stadium is unlikely to see any football played in it until further renovation.
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1970-71
9 March ~ A Feyenoord defender and Dutch international who scored the winning goal in the 1970 European Cup final, Israel was often shown wearing specs in training ground pictures, though they weren't used on matchdays.
7 March ~ Millwall visit Pride Park this weekend. While Derby County aim at automatic promotion, the Lions are struggling to keep themselves out of the relegation zone. Twenty years ago, both teams met in the Division One play-off semi-finals. After winning 2-0 at home, the Rams secured their ticket to the final by winning 3-1 at the Den.
6 March ~ The Division Two promotion places were tightly contested throughout the season – after a defeat at Forest in late January, Leicester dropped from first to fifth but regained top spot after their next match. They clinched the title on the final day with a 3-1 win at Brentford. Centre-forward Arthur Rowley, who got one of Leicester's goals against Bury, still holds the record for career goals in the Football League – 434 from 619 games.
6 March ~ In this region of Burundi it is highly unlucky for a cat to show its arse to you. It is quite all right if the cat ignores you in the usual way and moves away with its tail down, but if the tail goes up (see image) as it leaves, this could mean an absolute meltdown in your private life. Variously recorded in the local newspaper and in hospital records and death certificates are details of what has befallen those who have publicly seen the cat's arse. Read more
28 February ~ Southampton and Liverpool meet this weekend, the Reds having lost on their last three visits to St Mary's. In 1982, the clash between these two teams at The Dell produced one of the finest goals of the season. Mick Channon scored for the Saints after a beautiful team effort involving several passes. Unfortunately for them, Liverpool won 3-2 thanks to goals by Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan (2).
March 1, 1975, League Cup final
27 February ~ Both finalists were promoted from Division Two this season, behind Manchester United, who had been knocked out by Norwich in the semi-final. The other semi-finalists were fourth-division Chester, who beat reigning League champions Leeds 3-0 in the fourth round at a time when no one complained that the biggest clubs didn't take the competition seriously. The only pre-match entertainment was the Band of the Royal Corps of Transport, and the final of the penalty competition organised by ITV's football preview show, On The Ball – teenagers versus West Ham keeper Mervyn Day. Unknown chinless aristocrat the Earl of Harewood presented the trophy (the Queen was washing her hair that afternoon).
25 February ~ Richard Keys sums up some of the many household names he has the pleasure to work with. Including a less than fulsome tribute to Ray Wilkins: "Different, but there's a place for that."
21 February ~ Wigan visit Brighton this weekend with both trying to keep up with the fight for a play-off spot in the Championship. In 1988, the two teams met in the old Division Three with similar aspirations. They were around the play-off positions all season, but a 1-0 win at the Goldstone Ground for the Seagulls pushed them to an automatic promotion place, while Wigan finished seventh and out of contention.
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Man City's empire
Footballers who love golf
New era for Crewe
Stockport on the slide
Mental pressure on players
Scotland: football and the Union
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