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Leeds Utd – a special on the Northern giants

By on 9 May 2019

Interesting article about Leeds United leading up to their first ever English title, taken from Charles Buchan Football Monthly May 1969 (iss no. 213). Whilst it is full of admiration for the club, players and management, it hints at the later criticisms that were leveled over that period about Don Revie’s Leeds United.

Historically, Leeds were an underachieving club based in a strong Rugby League area. However, Don Revie turned the club around in the early 60’s, but they were renowned as the ‘nearly men’, having narrowly failed to win honours in successive years. Finally, two trophies were won in 1968, the League Cup and Fairs’ Cup, which initiated a period of domination that the honours roll scarcely reflects. From 1968 to 1974, Leeds were the team to beat both here and in Europe.

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Manchester City – A New Appreciation of the League Champions

By on 23 August 2018

When Manchester City won the First Division title in the 1967-68 season, it had been 31 years in the waiting since their last one. It was considered then that the balance of power had very much shifted from the red to the blue half of Manchester. This article by regular contributor and respected football writer, Geoffrey Green, appeared in the October 1968 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly and very much talks up the new and exciting times in store for City under Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison.

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Testing Times for 10 Young Managers

By on 9 August 2018

The plethora of betting firms who are offering odds for the first manager to be sacked this season (by Division!) puts into sharp perspective the pressures facing the modern manager. This article from the September 1968 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly shows that the difficulties facing management 50 years ago were not dis-similar – although there would seem to be a little more patience then.

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Jim Gregory, the Millionaire Boss of QPR

By on 2 August 2018

For fans of the EFL , the new season starts this weekend. There’s always something a bit special about that particular weekend in August when it all kicks off once again. In August 1968, 50 years ago, the start of the season was particularly special for Queens Park Rangers as they began their first ever season in Division One having won consecutive promotions in the previous two seasons.

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Where England Went Wrong – World Cup Mexico 1970

By on 21 June 2018

A couple of weeks ago Soccer Attic re-published an article from Football Monthly in February 1970 where Pat Collins previewed Alf Ramsey’s selection for his final 22 man squad for the Mexico 1970 World Cup. As a follow up to this, and to avoid having to do it when England do eventually go out of Russia 2018, today we’re re-publishing Collins’ post-mortem from the August 1970 issue where he analyses where England went wrong in Mexico.

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England’s World Cup 22 1970…and the ‘Unlucky Six’

By on 7 June 2018

It was in the February 1970 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly that Pat Collins made his predictions as to what he thought Alf Ramsey’s final 22 would look like for the Mexico World Cup later that year. Soccer Attic has republished that article here. With the 2018 tournament in Russia approaching, it’s interesting to read how the build-up to a past finals was covered – in particular when England were going in as holders and one of the favourites.

As World Champions, and with what many considered a better squad than had lifted the Jules Rimet trophy four years earlier, expectations of the England team were realistically high.

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Preston v West Ham. 1964 FA Cup Final Remembered

By on 17 May 2018

It’s FA Cup final weekend and Soccer Attic is looking back to the 1964 final between Preston North End and West Ham. We chose this particular final partly because we have never featured it before and also because it’s one of those that often seems to get missed off the radar in TV coverage of the history of the cup. As ever, there’s also an interesting fact or two behind the story.

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Tribute to Matt Busby – 50 years on

By on 10 May 2018

It was 50 years ago in the May 1968 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly that this tribute to Matt Busby was first published. Clearly there already existed a high degree of reverence for Busby – even before he crowned his career by becoming the manager of the first English club to win the European Cup.

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