Being a long-distance fan of European Football, and especially English Football,
from time to time I post some questions about all sorts of matters on the net
in the hope of getting some close-up, inside information. Now is another of
those times !! If you could e-mail me the answers to any of these questions, I'd
be very grateful ...
1. A BIG one to start off with - Re: Europe.
- What are the names of the 3 European club competitions ? [Aren't they the
CHAMPIONS' CUP, the CUP-WINNERS' CUP, and the UEFA CUP ?]
- When people use the generic term "The European Cup", which one are they
referring to ? [I presume "European Cup" = "Champions' Cup"]
- How do the "playoffs" work in each tournament ?
- Which competition is viewed as the most important/prized by the fans/players/
coaches/media ? Which is seen as the least "valued" of the three ?
- How does European success rate (with players/fans/media etc.) compared to
winning Division 1 or the FA Cup ? [By the way which IS valued more highly -
League title or FA Cup ? I presume these are more highly "treasured" than
the Rumbelows & Zenith Cups ... :-) ]
- Which English clubs are in the UEFA Cup this time ? Is it the top 3 in
Division 1, or some other assortment ? Assuming it is the top 3, ie Leeds Utd,
Man Utd, Sheff Wed, then does this mean that Leeds get to play in the
Champions' Cup as well as the UEFA Cup ? [And that if a side managed to pull
off the League-FA Cup double they would be in all 3 ?] Or can an English side
only play in one European competition per season ?
2. Re: Second Division Promotion Playoffs.
After the 2-leg "semifinals" between 3&6, 4&5 in Division 2 (I presume that
these are home & away ties with the normal rules, eg. away goals used to
split a tie, etc.), is it just a "one-off" match at Wembley to decide the final
team to get promoted to Division 1 (sorry, Premier League ?) Assuming it is,
this would have to be a VERY big occasion for both sides ... will this game be
a sellout, with live TV coverage etc. ? Can this "promotion final" be decided
on a penalty shootout or will there be replays if necessary ? [By the way my
tip is Middlesborough to make the Premier League ...]
3. Re: A Certain Player Who Switched Sides.
Have Liverpool fans ever forgiven Michael Thomas ? [They certainly seemed to be
urging him on last Sunday ...]
4. Re: Recent History of the Division 1 Championship; M. Thomas.
In that classic match where Mr Thomas scored for Arsenal v Liverpool in the
dying seconds to win the League, if my memory serves me correctly that was
the SECOND goal in a 2-0 win for the Gunners. I presume the second goal was the
all-important one (not the fact that they were already winning the match) since
Arsenal needed a 2-goal margin to overhaul Liverpool on goal difference. Anyway,
what I want to ask is this: what decides who wins if two teams' points and goal
difference are the same ? Is it just goals FOR by each team ? What happens if
this is also the same ? [Yes I know it's unlikely but it COULD happen, and one
of these years it probably will ...] You see, during that famous match, the
commentators were implying that Liverpool were "safe", even though they were
losing, as long as they stayed only 1 goal behind. I presume this meant that
the points would now have been equal and Liverpool's goal difference 1 better
than Arsenal's ... so when the Gunners scored for the second time it must have
brought them level on goal difference. So then why did Arsenal win if it was
indeed all level like this ? Or have I got it all wrong ? Could someone please
explain all this to me ? [I sincerely hope this one does NOT degenerate into
a Liverpool-Arsenal flame war, particularly with one Liverpool supporter I can
think of ... ]
5. Re: Liverpool Preferences.
Most of the home fans at Anfield seemed MIGHTY chuffed when Liverpool stopped
Manchester United to give Leeds United the title. Does this mean that Liverpool
fans generally "like" Leeds a lot more than Man United ? [Or that they HATE
Man Utd a lot more than they hate Leeds ? :-) ] Is it all to do with the Wars
of the Roses, ie. Liverpudlians (?) would much prefer to see a Yorkshire team
(eg. Leeds) win the title rather than a Lancashire one (eg. Man Utd), if
Liverpool cannot win it themselves ? [Liverpool IS a "Yorkshire" club, aren't
6. Re: Liverpool's Stuff-up (?) in 1973.
Did Liverpool lose to Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final ? Why would Leeds
fans not want this to happen again ? [I read on the net, just a little while
ago, of a Leeds fan praising his title-winning team (rightly so too), and
he ended by saying he wanted Liverpool to take the Cup so as "to avoid a
repeat of 1973". Why ?] Or is this just a simple case of a person
supporting more than one team ?
7. Re: Magic Goals of 1991/92.
Now that the action is all but over for another season, I thought it would be
fun for as many of you who feel like it to e-mail/post your best 3, 5, 50,
5000 etc. or however many "magic goals of the season". You know, the most
skilful, spectacular, dramatic, funny, lucky, unlucky, important, or stupid
goals you can think of - or whatever else makes them stick in the memory. Any
recollections/comments/consequences/additional info on any of the goals would
also be a lot of fun ...
As an example, here are a few of mine (mainly from the last few months of the
1st Division season, seeing as I can't remember all that far back ...) :-
- Anders Limpar's 45m chip v Liverpool at Highbury. BRILLIANT !!
- Lee Dixon's chip from a similar distance at Highbury, except
unfortunately for him, he placed it perfectly over Dave Seaman :-)
[Was it v Coventry ?]
- Any Peter Beagery goal for Everton, after which at least 6 backflips
- Eric Cantona's "special" at Elland Road v Chelsea.
- Brian Deane's 40m chip over Bruce Grobelaar at Bramall Lane, after
good old Brucie very uncharacteristically came charging way out of
the box. :-)
- Mark Walter's flying lunge v Manchester United which sealed the title
for this year. THE DRAMATIC CLIMAX OF A WHOLE YEAR'S ENTERTAINMENT !!
I look forward to hearing from all you fanatics on this one ...
=========================================================================== Thanks to any of you who have made it this far, the end of this article ... =========================================================================== Tim Hatfield MANCHESTER UNITED - EUROPE'S BEST TEAM FOR PLAYING UNDER PRESSURE :-) "If the season started 2 weeks ago, Mancester United would have been relegated" -- Me :-)
Like I said before, any e-mailed info on the above matters would be greatly
CONGRATULATIONS TO WILKO AND LEEDS UNITED, NOT TO MENTION THE *OWLS* ...
GO NOTTS COUNTY V LUTON ... LUTON TOWN, CRASH AND BURN !! (well they deserve to)
Thanks to any of you who have made it this far, the end of this article ...
=========================================================================== Tim Hatfield MANCHESTER UNITED - EUROPE'S BEST TEAM FOR PLAYING UNDER PRESSURE :-) "If the season started 2 weeks ago, Mancester United would have been relegated" -- Me :-)
MANCHESTER UNITED - EUROPE'S BEST TEAM FOR PLAYING UNDER PRESSURE :-)
"If the season started 2 weeks ago, Mancester United would have been relegated"
-- Me :-)