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The “Team of the ’60s”

By on 25 April 2014

The “Team of the ’60s” was Everton! Yes, we were surprised too! The table below shows the sum total of all English League Division one Championships played in the 1960s – from 1960/61 through to the 1969/70 season inclusive.

The interesting thing to note is that there were 7 different winners of the title; no-one successfully defended the title; and only 3, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton managed it more than once; and no-one managed it more than 2 times. Compare that to the 5 winners in 21 seasons of the modern equivalent – the Premiership.

Individual seasons are shown below in small image size, but click on individual images to see details – even how the the mighty Ipswich Town won in 1961/62. The most stark point is the dramatic decline in goal scoring towards the end of the decade. Also, how Home advantage really showed in the earlier seasons’ results. Note that, the figures in red show the points total had 3-points for a win been in place. Interestingly, no Championship or relegation issue would have been altered, although one or two placings would have changed. (Note: there is an error in Sheffield Wednesday’s total in 1961/62 season. Should be 6 draws not 16).

This was SoccerAttic’s first attempt to come up with the “Team of the ’60s”. We’ve not taken into account other Cup competitions or Europe – nor the fact that the FA Cup shared equal, or arguably more, billing to the Championship. Also, the League Cup, especially in its early years, was not treated with the respect that it now enjoys. Indeed it was not compulsory to enter the competition until the 1971/72 season. Everton were the last major team to decline to take part in 70/71, as they wanted to concentrate on their European Cup campaign.

So if you have any thoughts as to how to incorporate other competitions in our assessment of the “Team of the ’60s”, we’d like to here from you. Use the contact form.

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Soccer in the ’60s – What it’s all about!

By on 17 April 2014

To celebrate the Easter break and our Half-Price Easter sale of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, we re-publish an article from issue no 208, December 1968. It is amazing how little has really changed over 40 years!

Many critics of the modern game will complain, with some justification, of over-inflated wages, transfer fees, ‘celebrity’ players and the over-riding commercial interests of big business over sporting endeavour. Well; the writers of this article would be turning in their graves given their similar plaintive cries from the late 1960s. Read the article below, but their amazement at the total annual wage bill (with bonuses!) of £194,055 paid by Manchester United that year is illustrative of the tone.

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Leeds Utd – a special on the Northern giants

By on 4 April 2014

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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We will remember them…

By on 9 February 2014

In commemoration of the 56th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, we re-published an article from Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, September 1961, that originally came out a few weeks after the stained glass memorial to Duncan Edwards had been unveiled in Dudley. The response was so positive, we felt that readers would want to read the tribute that Charles Buchan himself wrote in Issue 79, March 1958, just a month after the disaster. To view and scroll the original article, which is also shown here, click on the arrows and move around the image.

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The Biggest Family in the World

By on 12 December 2013

A major reason Soccer Attic first undertook the enormous task of making content from Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly available online and in digital format, was because there are many football supporters, like us, who still possess enormous affection for the magazine. This goes beyond that of simply being able to enjoy a fascinating piece of football history all over again via the power of the internet. For many, being the first football magazine of its kind, Football Monthly occupies a unique place in their own childhood or formative years. We believe this is summed up excellently in the following article, by editor John Thomson, that appeared in the 1958-59 Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly Gift Book. A rare piece of British sentimentality in the post-war period.

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