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The Team of the ’60s – Part 3 – Europe

By on 9 May 2014

This is part 3 of our ‘Team of the ’60s’ debate. This week we look into the European dimension. From our analysis and points weighting, Manchester United emerge as the top European English team. Please feel free to pass comments or suggestions via the link below.

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SoccerAttic has taken a simple approach in assessing the competitions. Winning the European Cup (worth 16 points) is valued higher than the Cup Winners Cup (worth 10 points) which in turn is valued higher than the Fairs Cup (worth 8 points). The rationale behind this is the European Cup had been going longer, had more history to it and was more difficult to qualify for and win. Whereas, the first Fairs Cup was played over three seasons and was a mish-mash created by the one city one team rule – a rule that allowed Newcastle to qualify in 10th place in 1968! England’s first two entrants were, in fact, a London XI and Birmingham City (the London XI being beaten in the final by Barcelona in 1958). We’ve chosen to value the Cup Winners Cup slightly higher than the Fairs Cup because, from our own recollections, it was held in higher esteem and because of the Fairs Cup qualification rule anomalies.   See full points allocation below.

14-05-09 EuroTeam of the '60s

Manchester United European Cup winners 1968

Manchester United European Cup winners 1968

Leeds Fairs Cup winners 1968

Leeds Fairs Cup winners 1968

 

English European Records 1960s

Spurs Cup Winners Cup winners 1963

Spurs Cup Winners Cup winners 1963

Newcastle Fairs Cup winners 1969

Newcastle Fairs Cup winners 1969