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Author Archive for Steven Pye

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When Arsenal and Norwich shared seven goals and a 21-man brawl

Let’s hope the league game between Arsenal and Norwich this week is half as eventful as their match at Highbury in 1989 By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogFreedom, joy and love may have been filling the air as the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989…

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When Arsenal and Norwich shared seven goals and a 21-man brawl

Let’s hope the league game between Arsenal and Norwich this week is half as eventful as their match at Highbury in 1989 By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogFreedom, joy and love may have been filling the air as the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989…

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When Arsenal and Norwich shared seven goals and a 21-man brawl

Let’s hope the league game between Arsenal and Norwich this week is half as eventful as their match at Highbury in 1989 By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogFreedom, joy and love may have been filling the air as the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989…

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A short history of the BBC’s distant relationship with league football

Live top-flight football is back on the BBC this weekend for the first time in 32 years. Let’s hope it’s not cut short by a talk showBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogLive top-flight football is back. And, for the first time in 32 years, it is ba…

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A short history of the BBC’s distant relationship with league football

Live top-flight football is back on the BBC this weekend for the first time in 32 years. Let’s hope it’s not cut short by a talk showBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogLive top-flight football is back. And, for the first time in 32 years, it is ba…

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Quiz: sport in the 1980s

Following on from his quiz about football in the 1980s, Steven Pye has 15 questions about other sporting occasions of the decade At which football ground in London did Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to win the world featherweight title in 1985?Wem…

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When Willie Thorne won his only major event – with a cue from his mum

Given all his talent and maximum breaks, Willie Thorne should have won more titles. But at least we have the Classic in 1985By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWillie Thorne had a lot of doubters to prove wrong at the start of the 1984-85 snooker s…

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When Aston Villa played behind closed doors as European champions

The Premier League is making its return at Villa Park. This is not the first time the ground has been empty for a big gameBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWhen Aston Villa take on Sheffield United on Wednesday, it will be the first time Villa Pa…

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When Aston Villa played behind closed doors as European champions

The Premier League is making its return at Villa Park. This is not the first time the ground has been empty for a big gameBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWhen Aston Villa take on Sheffield United on Wednesday, it will be the first time Villa Pa…

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Sports quiz: football in the 1980s

Our Eighties expert revisits a time when Ipswich, Everton and Steaua Bucharest won in EuropeBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWho captained Italy to World Cup success in 1982?Dino ZoffClaudio Gentile Marco Tardelli Antonio CabriniWhich of these s…

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Sports quiz: football in the 1980s

Our Eighties expert revisits a time when Ipswich, Everton and Steaua Bucharest won in EuropeBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWho captained Italy to World Cup success in 1982?Dino ZoffClaudio Gentile Marco Tardelli Antonio CabriniWhich of these s…

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When Nottingham Forest retained the European Cup 40 years ago

Brian Clough’s team went to the 1980 final without their record signing. They returned as two-time European championsBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog“You win something once and people say it is all down to luck,” reflected Brian Clough after No…

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When Arsenal became the first club to lose a European final on penalties

Arsenal experienced a new style of defeat 40 years ago when Valencia beat them in a shootout in the Cup Winners’ Cup final By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogAs Arsenal’s players trudged off the pitch after losing the 1980 FA Cup final to second-t…

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When Arsenal became the first club to lose a European final on penalties

Arsenal experienced a new style of defeat 40 years ago when Valencia beat them in a shootout in the Cup Winners’ Cup final By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogAs Arsenal’s players trudged off the pitch after losing the 1980 FA Cup final to second-t…

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When Arsenal won a ‘world title’ despite having their physio sent off

Arsenal enjoyed the greatest night in their history in May 1989. A few months later they became unofficial world championsBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogArsenal spent a large part of the 1980s avoiding trophies, but then George Graham arrived …

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When eight footballers tore up their contracts to save Bristol City

Players may lose money during the coronavirus pandemic but few will sacrifice as much as the Ashton Gate EightBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogMany footballers will have to take pay cuts to help their clubs survive during the coronavirus pandemi…

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The season Arsenal played 70 games, reached two finals … and won nothing

After beating Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final and Juventus in a Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final, Arsenal failed at the lastBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogThe date is 12 May 1979, Arsenal are playing their 59th game of the season and Graham Rix i…

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The season Arsenal played 70 games, reached two finals … and won nothing

After beating Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final and Juventus in a Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final, Arsenal failed at the lastBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogThe date is 12 May 1979, Arsenal are playing their 59th game of the season and Graham Rix i…

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When Arsenal won the FA Cup … after playing four replays in the same round

Managers upset about playing one replay should remember that Arsenal faced Sheffield Wednesday five times in 1979By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogTop-flight teams can now win the FA Cup by playing 540 minutes of football. In January 1979, it too…

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The story of professional fouls: from Willie Young to Federico Valverde

The red card shown to Valverde in the Spanish Supercopa can be traced back to a foul in the FA Cup final 40 years agoBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWhen Atlético Madrid striker Álvaro Morata raced through on goal with a few minutes to play in …