Yugoslavs in the Football League 1978-92 – Appendix

A brief overview of the Yugoslav footballers who played in the Football League between 1978 and 1992. Radomir ‘Raddy’ Antić Born: 22.11.1948 Žitište (d. 06.04.2020) Signed from: Real Zaragoza (Spain), July 1980 [£50,000] Football League Career: Luton Town 1980-83 – 94 appearances, 9 goals Football League Debut: West Ham v Luton, Second Division 16 August…

By Paul W January 7, 2023 0

Yugoslavia: Foreign Players in the Football League

Yugoslavia provided a surprising number of imports to English football in the wave that followed the summer of 1978. While Ardiles and Villa, Mühren and Thijssen took the headlines, apart from the Netherlands no overseas country provided more players to the Football League in the immediate post-1978 period than Yugoslavia. 14 players moved to England…

By Paul W December 31, 2022 0

Argentina: Foreign Players in the Football League

Argentina provided the impetus for the first wave of foreign imports to the Football League from 1978. Though the PFA’s secretary Cliff Lloyd had warned, “I don’t think we would stand for a big influx of Argentinians to this country”, there was indeed a short-lived trend of English clubs tapping Argentine talent. Before the end…

By Paul W December 10, 2022 0

South Americans in the Football League 1978-92 – Appendix

A brief overview of the South American footballers who played in the Football League between 1978 and 1992. * Osvaldo ‘Ossie’ Ardiles Born: 03.08.1952 Córdoba, Argentina Signed from: Huracán (Argentina), July 1978 [£325,000] Football League Career: Tottenham Hotspur 1978-87 – 221 appearance (16 sub), 16 goals; Blackburn (loan) 1987-88 – 5 apps; QPR 1988-89 –…

By Paul W November 26, 2022 0

South America: Foreign Players in the Football League

South America reinforced its credentials as the strongest footballing continent when Argentina lifted the World Cup for the first time on 25 June 1978 at the Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires. By beating the Netherlands 3-1 to win the tournament they had hosted, Argentina joined neighbours Brazil (three times winners) and Uruguay (twice) as World Champions…

By Paul W November 19, 2022 0

Foreign Players in the Football League: Introduction

The Football League was made in England and founded by a Scot, William McGregor. The world’s first professional league flourished from 1888 with the contribution of Scottish, Welsh and Irish talent. While Britain exported the game worldwide, for much of its history foreign players in the Football League were a rarity. That changed permanently in…

By Paul W October 29, 2022 0

Notts County v Mansfield Town, 1987

Notts County met Mansfield Town in a rare Nottinghamshire derby in October 1987. County had spent the early part of the decade in the First Division, before successive relegations. Mansfield were in the Fourth Division until promotion in 1985-86. When the clubs met in the Third Division on Boxing Day 1986, it was their first…

By Paul W October 15, 2022 0

Stoke City v Luton Town, 1982

Stoke City welcomed Luton Town to the Victoria Ground in September 1982. It was a high-scoring day in the First Division – results included Coventry 4 Everton 2, Notts County 0 Ipswich 6, Spurs 4 Forest 1, Watford 8 Sunderland 0, and West Ham 4 Manchester City 1. The game at the Victoria Ground matched…

By Paul W September 25, 2022 0

Portsmouth v Southampton, 1987

Portsmouth hosted Southampton at Fratton Park in August 1987 in the first-ever meeting of the two clubs in the top division of English football. The former Southern League rivals had first met in the Football League in September 1920 as members of the newly-formed Third Division. Promoted in May 1987, Pompey were returning to the…

By Paul W August 20, 2022 0