Category: Match of the Month

Watford v Kaiserslautern, 1983 UEFA Cup

Watford completed a meteoric rise from the Fourth Division to the First between 1978 and 1982, under future England manager Graham Taylor. The Hertfordshire club then finished second behind Liverpool in 1982-83, and embarked on their first-ever European campaign the following season. They drew tough opponents in the First Round, Kaiserslautern, founder members of the…

By MisterPBLW September 28, 2019 0

Manchester City v Oldham Athletic, 1988

It’s hard to imagine the hugely successful global brand that is modern-day Manchester City being troubled by their impoverished neighbours Oldham Athletic, currently languishing in the bottom division of the Football League. Yet a look at their head-to-head record suggests they were once evenly matched, and the Latics occasionally held the upper hand. In their…

By MisterPBLW August 24, 2019 0

England v Uruguay, 1966 World Cup

After the excitement of the preparations and build-up, the 1966 World Cup Finals kicked off at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 11 July 1966 at Wembley. After the low-key opening ceremony, hosts England took on Uruguay, twice winners of the tournament, in front of an expectant crowd of over 87,000 at Wembley. Alf Ramsey, England manager…

By MisterPBLW July 11, 2019 0

Belgium v USSR, 1986 World Cup

Belgium v USSR was a seven-goal thriller in the Second Round of the 1986 World Cup, played in León, Mexico. The two nations had progressed from the opening group stage in contrasting fashion – USSR topped their group, including an impressive 6-0 rout of Hungary; Belgium lost their opening game to hosts Mexico and only…

By MisterPBLW June 15, 2019 2

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, 1982

On the 15th May 1982, Liverpool clinched another Football League title, their fifth in seven seasons, with a win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. It had taken a phenomenal run in the second half of the season for them to reclaim the title from Aston Villa, confirming their status as the First Division’s dominant team…

By MisterPBLW May 4, 2019 0

Cardiff City v Real Madrid, 1971

Cardiff City v Real Madrid was a famous night at Ninian Park in March 1971, as the Second Division side took on the Spanish giants in the first leg of a European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final tie. Cardiff, who knocked out French side Nantes in the previous round, had cup pedigree – their 1927 FA…

By MisterPBLW March 10, 2019 0

Hull City v Scunthorpe United, 1983

Unthinkable today, but the BBC’s flagship highlights programme, Match of the Day, once regularly featured football from outside the top division. This snippet from February 1983 shows the cameras visiting Humberside for a Fourth Division encounter between Hull City (who commentator Tony Gubba insists on calling ‘Hull Tigers’ long before that was seriously proposed) and…

By MisterPBLW February 23, 2019 0