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The ‘Team of the ’60s’ Part 2 – The Cups

By on 2 May 2014

Last week SoccerAttic published our English team of the 1960s based on League Championship points (see last week’s post from the home page). This week we continue the debate by examining the English domestic cup records for the decade.

So that we could provide enough relevant data in helping to decide the ultimate team of the ’60s, and, for simplicity’s sake, we only looked at the records of the teams that had spent at least five seasons in the top Division.

It did not become compulsory to enter the League Cup until the 1971-72 season and it was primarily the more successful clubs who chose not to enter in its earliest years. Consequently we have weighted the points awarded for this substantially below the FA Cup. This is underlined by the number of asterisks denoting non-participation in the table below and the fact that three clubs from outside the top Division, Norwich, QPR and Swindon, won the trophy. For the League Cup, we allocated 4 points for winning, 2 points for being losing finalists and a point for reaching the semi-finals. For the FA Cup we allocated 10 points for winning, 8 points for being losing finalists, 4 points for reaching the semi-finalists and a point for reaching the quarter finals.

From our analysis Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham share equal billing as the English cup kings of the 1960s, although arguably it should be a strict ‘trophy in the cabinet’ measurement. By that reckoning it would be Tottenham’s crown.

This is only the second part of the story. We’ll be doing more analysis of the League and European cups and, hopefully with your help, find The ‘Team of the ’60s’. We’d like you to contribute to the debate by contacting us at the link below.

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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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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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