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Team of the ’60s – Your Vote!

By on 22 May 2014

Your turn to Vote for who you think were the outstanding “Team of the ’60s”. Below a reminder of the results and some new pictures for you to enjoy. Make sure you follow the orange “VOTE” link below.

Further details for the “Team of the ’60s” debate:

 Part 1 covered the League.

Part 2 covered the FA and League Cup competitions.

 Part 3 added the European competitions.

Part 4 provided an overall summary.

But were Tottenham really the “Team of the ’60s”? Your turn to VOTE!

Team of the '60s Summary All Comps

Spurs Double Team In first place, Tottenham Hotspur. The key event for Spurs was the capture of the all-elusive double of League and FA Cup in 1961. Whilst a few teams in the 1950s just fell short of achieving this – most notably Manchester United in 1957 and West Brom in 1954, this was probably the finest Spurs side in history. From a league perspective,  the early part of the decade was when Spurs were at their peak – continuing to challenge in the following three seasons. Spurs were also the first British team to triumph in Europe – a not inconsiderable feat at the time.

Key Figures: From the double team – Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, John White, Cliff Jones.

Others – Alan Mullery, Jimmy Greaves, Pat Jennings.

All managed by Bill Nicholson.

 

Man Utd Champions 1965In second place, Manchester United. The early part of the decade saw the re-building of a post-Munich air crash Manchester United team that reached its peak in the mid-’60s. Winning the FA Cup in 1963 gave United the impetus to go on and dominate the league in the mid-’60s – winning 2 in 3 seasons. They narrowly failed to win the European Cup in 1966 – despite thrashing the then European Champions, Benfica, 5-1 in the Stadium of Light. In reality, the team that eventually produced the first English European Cup triumph was already past its peak.

Key Figures:  Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, George Best, Paddy Crerand, Nobby Stiles.

Managed by (Sir) Matt Busby.

 

Everton Champions 1970In third place, Everton. No-one in the 1960s won more League matches or points than Everton and it brought 2 titles, 7 years apart. An FA Cup triumph was sandwiched in between in 1966.

Key Figures: Alan Ball, Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey, Brian Labone, Alex Young

Managed by Harry Catterick.

 

 

 

 

Leeds spirit!

In fourth place, Leeds United. Leeds’ showing is the more impressive given that they only reached the top flight for the first time in 1964. Initially, perennial second-placers, Leeds won their first English title in 1969 with a then record points total. They were definitely the team to beat in the latter stages of the decade. Arguably their trophy haul then and in the following years should have been higher.

Key Figures: Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Jack Charlton, Peter Lorimer, and later Mick Jones, and Allan Clarke.

Managed by Don Revie