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Author Archive for Steven Pye

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Aberdeen v Rangers: a rivalry inflamed by a terrible tackle

Thirty years ago Aberdeen beat Rangers 2-1 at Pittodrie. But that game is not remembered for any of the football played By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogLife was pretty good for Rangers fans at the start of the 1988-89 season. Seven wins out of …

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When Liverpool gave Crystal Palace their biggest ever defeat 30 years ago

Eight different players scored in the 9-0 thrashing at Anfield, but that was not the last Liverpool saw of Palace that seasonBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWhen Crystal Palace made the daunting trip to Anfield in September 1989, Liverpool were…

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When building chaos kept Spurs out of White Hart Lane … 30 seasons ago

Stadium woes are nothing new in N17. Spurs (briefly) lost points after they missed the first game of the 1988-89 seasonBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIt seems that hosting football matches in N17 is not solely a modern problem for Tottenham. B…

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When FA Cup third-round ties could be settled with three replays in a week

The FA Cup has scrapped another set of replays this season. Thirty years ago, clubs kept playing until they found a winnerBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIt was a good day to bury bad news. As all and sundry debated José Mourinho’s time at Manc…

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When Soccer Six was the perfect Christmas present for football fans

The best thing about Christmas 30 years ago was the existence of a televised six-a-side tournamentBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogDifferent times of the year bring to mind the various sporting events I enjoyed in my childhood. The new year mean…

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Liverpool walked the title 30 years ago but never bullied Manchester United

Manchester United were always underdogs at Anfield in the 1980s but they usually showed enough heart to earn a resultBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogEven during Liverpool’s decade of dominance, their record against Manchester United was relativ…

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When Alex Higgins gave snooker its greatest comeback story 35 years ago

Higgins fought back from an overdose, a stint in rehab and an awful start against Steve Davis to win the UK ChampionshipBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogAlex Higgins’ life was in a state of turbulence in late 1983. First-round defeats in the Int…

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When England beat Australia 30 years ago and kickstarted a rugby revival

England went into 1988 on a run of five wins in five years of the Five Nations. They ended the year dreaming of gloryBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogEngland beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup final 15 years ago this week, but they were not i…

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When Ian Rush and Tony Woodcock scored five goals on the same day

On this day 35 years ago, Rush and Woodcock hit five league goals – a feat not matched until Andy Cole faced Ipswich in 1995By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIf David Coleman was right, and goals really do pay the rent, there would have been plen…

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When Gary Lineker scored four goals to help England win 4-2 in Spain

A few weeks after scoring a hat-trick for Barcelona against Real Madrid, Lineker went to the Bernabéu and hit four for EnglandBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogAny Real Madrid fans with a close affiliation to the Spanish national team would have …

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When Manchester United sacked Ron Atkinson 10 weeks into the season

Players were fighting, results were poor, they were humbled in the League Cup and their rivals were thriving. Sound familiar?By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIn November 1985, Ron Atkinson looked destined to become the first Manchester United ma…

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Ryder Cup wildcards: the golfers who turned rejection into redemption

Seve Ballesteros, Thomas Bjorn, Christy O’Connor Jnr and Tony Jacklin all made unlikely comebacks after being overlookedBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogMissing out on the Ryder Cup team hurts; just ask current Europe captain Thomas Bjorn. When …

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When Manchester City thrashed Huddersfield 10-1 at Maine Road

Manchester City have not hit double figures under Pep Guardiola. They did it in style under Mel Machin in 1987By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogHuddersfield had their worst ever season in 1987-88 in the Second Division, when they played 44 league…

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How the season began 30 years ago: TV money, transfers and Tony Cottee

A new TV deal brings about huge transfer fees, Liverpool spend big and Spurs need to sort out stadium issues. Sound familiar?By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogEnglish football was on its knees in the late 1970s and early 1980s as hooliganism and …

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When Guy McQuitty hit the Open’s worst ever rounds – but did not quit

McQuitty set an unwanted record at the 1986 Open, finishing 42 over par after 36 holes, but he also showed admirable courageBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogGuy McQuitty could have turned on his heels and dashed away from his turmoil at Turnberr…

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Boreham Wood lost at Wembley but their journey has brought a lot of joy

Boreham Wood missed out on promotion to the Football League on Saturday but their football and affordable season tickets have made a father and his young son very happy By Steven Pye for That Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkIt never really happened for…

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When Swansea City were relegated through all four divisions in four years

The last time Swansea City fell out of the top flight they sank through the leagues in no time and nearly ceased to existBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkSwansea City lived the dream in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their …

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Chin up West Brom fans. You’ve been through an even worse relegation

In 1985-86, West Brom employed three managers (including two brothers-in-law), lost 26 games, conceded 89 goals, didn’t win a game until late October and were relegated in early AprilBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogThe 1985-86 season was a pret…

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When Fulham’s dreams of promotion died in a game that never ended

Fulham looked certain to be promoted to the top flight in the 1982-83 season but they lost four of their last five games and were left cursing the final 78 seconds of the campaign By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkSometimes i…

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The season six British clubs made it to semi-finals in Europe (and four lost)

The semi-finals of the European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup all featured a British team in 1983-84By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkWhen the semi-finals for the European Cup, European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup…