Birmingham City v Aston Villa, 1984

Birmingham City welcomed neighbours Aston Villa to St Andrew’s at the end of March 1984 with manager Ron Saunders the central figure. Villa’s league form had been in decline since winning the title under Saunders in 1980/81, their first league championship for 71 years (and their last to date). However after Saunders’ dramatic departure in…

By Paul W March 31, 2024 0

North American Players in the Football League 1978-92 – Appendix  

An overview of the North American footballers to have played in the Football League between 1978 and 1992.  Canada  Don Ferguson  Born: 02.01.1963 Toronto  Football League Career: Wrexham (1986) – 20 appearances  International Career: Canada (1986-89) 3 caps  * Craig Forrest  Born: 20.09.1967 Coquitlam, British Columbia  Football League Career: Ipswich Town (1985-97) – 263 appearances;…

By Paul W March 1, 2024 0

North America: Foreign Players in the Football League

Historically, few North Americans ventured to the English league. During the 1920s there was a brief exodus in the other direction, in the boom years of the American Soccer League (ASL). Some returned after the ASL went into decline, having gained US nationality along the way.   Most famously, Scottish-born Jim Brown was granted US citizenship…

By Paul W February 24, 2024 0

Eastern European Players in the Football League 1988-92 – Appendix

An overview of the Eastern European footballers to have played in the Football League between 1988 and 1992.  Czechoslovakia  Luděk Mikloško  Born: 09.12.1961 Prostějov  Signed from: Banik Ostrava, February 1990 [£300,000]  Football League Career: West Ham United (1990-98) – 318 appearances; QPR (1998-2001) – 57 appearances  International Career: Czechoslovakia (1982-92) 40 caps; Czech Republic (1996-97)…

By Paul W January 19, 2024 0

Western Europe: Foreign Players in the Football League 

As covered extensively, the bulk of players moving to the Football League post-1978 from Western Europe came from the Netherlands or Scandinavia and the Nordic nations. Other countries including the major footballing nations of France, (West) Germany, Italy and Spain were sparsely represented, with only rare exceptions. Most of the movement from the late 1970s…

By Paul W December 9, 2023 0

Scandinavians in the Football League 1978-92 – Appendix 

An overview of the Scandinavian and Nordic footballers who played in the Football League between 1978 and 1992. Denmark  Kurt Bakholt  Born: 12.08.1963 Odense  Signed from: Vejle, January 1986   Football League Career: QPR (1986) – 1 appearance  * Tommy Christensen  Born: 20.07.1961 Hillerød  Signed from: Elche (Spain), November 1985   Football League Career: Leicester City (1985)…

By Paul W November 4, 2023 0