Monday, 24 August 2020

1982: Iceland v England

England are about to take on Iceland in the UEFA Nations League. The first time the two countries met was under unusual circumstances.

As the World Cup finals neared in May 1982, England manager Ron Greenwood named a squad of 30 players from which he was expected to choose his final 22 for the tournament in Spain. A further ten players were placed on a standby list, yet realistically none of these players were expected to feature in the preparation matches prior to England's first World Cup finals appearance since 1970.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

1984: Charlton Athletic avoid extinction

Recent news relating to the financial state of Charlton Athletic has left the future of the club up in the air, the #SaveCAFC hashtag trending on Twitter providing a chilling warning about the prospect of the Addicks ceasing to exist as a member of the Football League.

It is not the first time the south east London club have found themselves in this position. In 1984, the Division Two outfit, managed by Lennie Lawrence, may have been challenging for promotion, but off the field the story was completely different. Charlton Athletic were fighting for their very existence.