Throwback: When Liverpool & Chelsea Still Did Battle In Europe

Well it didn’t take long for Steven Gerrard to find his way back to Anfield. The writing is on the wall, then: It may not be this blip that ousts J├╝rgen Klopp, but at some point The Normal One will get the axe. Why wait? Give it to Stevie now, I say! What could go wrong?

Such is the nature of the fixture list beast, that you get Chelsea in the league after bombing out to Wolverhampton in the FA Cup. From ’04/05 to ’08/09 the two sides met in each of the five Champions League editions, thrice at the semi-final stage. From those Liverpool advanced twice, winning one final and losing another, both against AC Milan in ’05 and ’07 respectively. Whilst Chelsea advanced to the ’08 final which they lost to Manchester United. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Bundesliga Winterbreak Edition

The wait is finally over. After a gruelling 29 days, the Bundesliga is finally back. But, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s a benefit the Premier League doesn’t have. Also, actually peaking towards summer is a bonus; especially when it comes to international tournaments.

Anyway, we decided to give the throwback honours to the Bundesliga re-start. Quite a few match-ups this weekend feature at least one team that’s been promoted just a few seasons ago, but we still dug up a few gems. The first scoreline really is due for a repeat. Continue reading

Tottenham’s penalty nightmare at the Bridge, Feb 27th 1994

Chelsea are the team to beat this Premier League season, while Tottenham are very much in the hunt for a direct Champions League qualifying spot. So, when these two teams meet tonight, it’s the high profile match-up of the 20th round.

It has not always been like that, though. In the 1993/94 campaign, both teams were battling relegation. Meeting on February 27th 1994, it was 17th vs 16th in the league table, as Chelsea hosted Tottenham. Mind, this was still with a 22-team league; but neither side could breathe easy as they were just four and three points off the drop, respectively.

Going into the match Tottenham were also still looking for their first win of 1994, having already played seven matches in the calendar year. In front of some 19.000 fans at Stamford Bridge, the visitors jumped out to an early lead courtesy of Steve Sedgley, Jason Dozzell and some shoddy defending.

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Throwback: Salako’s brace at Highbury, City’s week of Anfield horror, Old Firm in 1928

As an irregular feature on our Facebook page, we’ve run throwbacks to earlier meetings of upcoming match-ups. Say Manchester United are facing Juventus on the day, we’ll dig up memorable, odd or interesting matches between the teams. [‘member Keano?]

We’re moving the series over to the website and are extending it to a handful of upcoming match-ups on the day or the weekend. First up it’s Arsenal vs Palace, Liverpool vs Man City and the Old Firm.

Arsenal 1:2 Crystal Palace, Oct. 1st 1994

Palace are without a league win against Arsenal for more than two decades now. In other words, they never tasted triumph over Arsene Wenger. Their last win came on October 1st 1994, Palace’s side captained by Gareth Southgate. George Graham was still at the helm for the Gunners, presiding over the oldest defence in the world. Tony Adams, at least, always looked to me ten years older than he actually was. Here he’s just 28, Andy Linighan next to him is 32, but they’re made to look 40+ by Chris Armstrong.

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