David Gold (businessman)
David Gold is an English businessman. He was the chairman of Birmingham City Football Club until 2009, since 2010, he has been the joint chairman of West Ham United. Gold was raised in East London and for some time lived at 442 Green Street near to West Hams Boleyn Ground and he played youth team football for West Ham. His father, Godfrey, was an East End criminal, known locally as Goldy and his father was Jewish and his mother was a Christian. Gold owns Gold Group International, the parent company of the retailer Ann Summers, GGI was jointly owned by Gold and his brother Ralph, until he bought out Ralphs share in 2008. He co-owned adult magazine company Gold Star Publications, including printing and distribution businesses, and he and his brother sold their interests in November 2006. In 2007, the brothers sold their share in Sport Newspapers, following falling sales. He owned corporate air service Gold Air International until he sold it in 2006 for £4. 4m, Gold is the former chairman of Birmingham City F. C. In 2007 the Gold brothers were believed to be in the process of selling their share in Birmingham City which followed Birminghams return from relegation and lower than expected profits. After the club was relegated again to the Championship in May 2008. He sold his Birmingham City shares in 2009, in May 2005, Gold bought the second FA Cup trophy at auction for £488,620, saying he wanted to prevent it being bought by overseas buyers. In January 2010 Gold and David Sullivan acquired a 50 percent share of West Ham United giving them operational and commercial control of the club. They increased their share of the club to 30% each in May 2010 at a cost of £8 million and his time as chairman of West Ham has been conspicuous due to several incidents. In August 2010 his Rolls-Royce Phantom car was attacked by Aston Villa fans outside a pub near Villa Park after West Hams 3–0 defeat, the car sustained £8,500 worth of damage. He described the incident as the most frightening experience of my football life, in November 2010 Gold criticised Birmingham Citys new owners for reneging on their promise to keep him on as chairman following the sale of the club. Birmingham City and their chairman, Peter Pannu, responded by banning Gold from their ground St Andrews for Birmingham Citys game against West Ham on 6 November. Gold later issued an apology to Pannu on West Hams own website. After the campaign against Malcolm Glazers increase in the debt of Manchester United and Portsmouth going into administration in 2010 and he feels it is cheating for a team to take on debts which they could never pay off without external assistance and that he fears for the league
Trevor John Francis, is a former footballer who played as a forward. Throughout his playing career, he played for clubs in England, and also had spells in the United States, Italy. He became Englands first £1 million player following his transfer to Nottingham Forest in 1979, at international level, he played for England 52 times between 1976 and 1986, scoring 12 goals, and took part at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Between 1988 and 2003 he was a manager, most notably with Sheffield Wednesday. Francis is currently working as a pundit with BT Sport, Francis was born in Plymouth and educated at Plymouths Public Secondary School for Boys. He was an agile and skilful forward and joined Birmingham City as a schoolboy, Francis quickly rose in status, making his debut for Birmingham Citys first team in 1970, aged just 16. His talent was noted when, before his 17th birthday, he scored four goals in a match against Bolton Wanderers and he ended his first season with 15 goals from just 22 games. However, in February 1979 came the moment which would define his career, Nottingham Forest, the reigning First Division champions and League Cup holders managed by Brian Clough, put in a bid for Francis which totalled just over £1 million. While recognised as the first million pound player, the transfer fee for the player was £1,150,000. With taxes, the fee exceeded £1. 1m. They won their semi-final, and in May 1979 Forest took on Swedish side Malmö in the final in Munich, and a major instalment of the huge investment money was repaid just before half time. Francis had already begun to sprint into position, but even so he had to increase his pace in order to reach the cross as it dropped and he connected with his head and the ball diverted powerfully into the roof of the net. Forest won the match 1–0 and footage of the goal was used in the titles to Match of the Day for some years afterwards. A giant picture of Francis stooping to head the ball remains on display in the main entrance and reception area of Forests City Ground stadium. In his brief NASL career, Francis scored 36 goals in 33 regular season matches and had 18 assists, placing him one ahead of Pelé on the all-time scoring list. Francis arguably did not achieve his potential as a Forest player. This may partly be due to Clough frequently playing Francis on the right wing and he was in the side which lost the League Cup final to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1980, but missed the European Cup final against Hamburger SV due to an injury to his Achilles tendon. Somehow the success of his Forest career never quite reflected his huge fee, he scored only 14 league goals in the 1979–80 season, although still a regular for England, his scoring record in club football was not spectacular
St Andrew's (stadium)
St Andrews is an association football stadium in the Bordesley district of Birmingham, England. It has been the ground of Birmingham City Football Club for more than a century. The attendance record, variously recorded as 66,844 or 67,341, was set at a 1939 FA Cup tie against Everton. During the Second World War, St Andrews suffered bomb damage, in the 1950s, the club replaced the stand and installed floodlights, and later erected a second small stand and roofed over the open terraces, but there were few further changes. The ground became dilapidated, a boy was killed when a wall collapsed during rioting in the 1980s, the seating capacity of the modern stadium is just over 30,000. It has function rooms suitable for business or social events and a store selling Birmingham City merchandise. A2004 proposal that the club should sell the ground and move into a multi-purpose City of Birmingham Stadium remains speculative, in 2013, the ground was listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011. St Andrews has been the venue for England international football matches at all levels below the national team. It has played host to events in sports, including rugby union and professional boxing. In 1876, they made a move to a fenced-off field in Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, with an estimated capacity of 3,000 spectators, because the field was enclosed. This ground, which known as Muntz Street, had four sides of open terracing, a small covered wooden stand. When first opened it could hold approximately 10,000 spectators, over the years the height of the terracing was raised, which increased the capacity to around 30,000, but this became insufficient to cope with the demand. The attendance at a match in 1905 against local rivals Aston Villa was officially recorded as 28,000 spectators, the landlords refused to sell the freehold of the ground, nor would they permit major extensions to be made. As the board of directors estimated that staying at Muntz Street was costing the club £2,000 a year, director Harry Morris identified a site for a new ground in Bordesley, some three-quarters of a mile from Muntz Street towards the city centre. Covering an area of 7.5 acres, bounded by Cattell Road, Coventry Road, Tilton Road, Garrison Lane and the railway, and near St Andrews church, the site was where a brickworks had once operated. Club director Thomas Turley, a builder, acted as clerk of works, artesian springs, which kept the land flooded, had to be drained and blocked off with tons of rubble before soil could be laid on top. To create height for the terracing on the Coventry Road side of the ground and this embankment was known from the beginning as the Spion Kop, stood 110 terraces high at its highest point, and had a reported capacity of 48,000 spectators, each paying 6d. The Grandstand, on the Garrison Lane side of the ground, was 123 yards in length and it held 6,000 seats divided among six sections, priced from 1s to 2s, and all accesses were lit by electricity
2001 Football League Cup Final
The 2001 Football League Cup Final was a football match played between Liverpool and Birmingham City on 25 February 2001 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the match of the 2000–01 Football League Cup, the 41st season of the Football League Cup. Liverpool were appearing in their final, they had previously won six. They had previously beaten Aston Villa in the 1963 final, as Birmingham were in the Football League they played two more rounds than Liverpool who received a bye in the first and second round. Therefore, Birmingham progressed through six rounds to reach the final, the majority of Liverpools matches were comfortable victories. They won all their ties by at least three goals except for their third match with Chelsea, which they won 2–1. Birmingham matches ranged from comfortable victories to close affairs and they won their first round tie with Southend United 5–0, while their fourth round victory over Newcastle United was 2–1. Liverpool won the match 5–4 on penalties after 90 minutes of time and 30 minutes of extra time could not split the two sides. The victory was Liverpools first major trophy in 6 years, since winning the competition in 1995. The club would go on to win the FA Cup. As Liverpool were competing in the Premier League, they entered the competition in the round and were drawn against fellow Premier League team Chelsea. Liverpool took the lead in the held at their home ground, Anfield. Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola equalised soon afterwards, neither side was able to score a winning goal before full-time and the match went to Overtime. Despite striker Emile Heskey being sent off for a clash with Winston Bogarde, Liverpool were drawn against Second Division side Stoke City in the fourth round. The match held at Stokes home ground, the Britannia Stadium resulted in a victory for Liverpool. Fowler scored a hat-trick, with Murphy, Christian Ziege, Vladimir Smicer, Nick Barmby, Liverpools opponents in the quarter-finals were First Division team Fulham. The match remained goalless throughout 90 minutes, with no goals scored until extra-time when Michael Owen, Smicer, First Division team Crystal Palace were Liverpools opposition in the semi-finals. The first leg at Palaces home ground, Selhurst Park, was won 2–1 by the home side, goals from Andrejs Rubins and Clinton Morrison, despite a late goal by Smicer secured the victory
Geoffrey Malcolm Horsfield is an English former professional footballer and football coach. He made more than 300 appearances in the Football League playing as a striker and he was a strong and forceful player, able to hold the ball up in order to bring other players into the game. Horsfield made his Football League debut with Scarborough as a teenager, released by the club, he returned to part-time football with Halifax Town, Guiseley and Witton Albion, before a second spell at Halifax saw him help the club regain their Football League status. He moved on to Fulham, with whom he achieved promotion to the First Division and he played in the final of the 2001 League Cup with Birmingham, and the following season helped them reach the Premier League. After a short period at Wigan Athletic in 2003, he joined West Bromwich Albion, in 2006, he moved to Sheffield United, but much of his time there was spent on loan to other clubs, namely Leeds United, Leicester City and Scunthorpe United. In July of that year he was appointed player-assistant manager at Port Vale under Micky Adams, in March 2013 he returned to playing football for Alvechurch. Horsfield was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and his father, Terry, was a coal miner, as was his grandfather. While still a schoolboy he started playing football for a team, Athersley Recreation, in the Barnsley Sunday League. On leaving school, Horsfield took a course in bricklaying. Given his league debut in March 1993 by manager Ray McHale, he was released after playing 12 league matches and returned to bricklaying and part-time football. He moved on to Witton Albion, where he sustained a potentially career-threatening knee injury, Horsfield made his second debut for Halifax in October 1996. On the last day of the 1996–97 season, needing to beat Stevenage Borough to avoid relegation from the Conference, the following season, Halifax won the Conference title by a nine-point margin, thus regaining their Football League status. Horsfields 30 goals in 40 league games, including hat-tricks against Yeovil Town, Telford United and Hereford United, together with team-mate Mark Bradshaw, Horsfield was selected for Englands semi-professional representative team for a match against their Dutch counterparts, but injury prevented him from playing. Seven goals in his first ten games in the Third Division attracted a bid from Fulham, then in the Second Division, an initial fee of £300,000 was agreed, plus an additional £50,000 depending on appearances, and in October 1998 Horsfield joined Fulham. A clause was included in the contract which would allow Halifax a share of the profits from any future sale. The remainder of his 1998–99 season produced 15 goals from 28 games as Fulham won the Second Division title by 14 clear points and he was also named in the PFAs Second Division Team of the Year. According to Keegan, Geoffs your old-fashioned centre forward and we love him and he will score goals in this division, he will score goals in the next divisions. He chases a lot of lost causes and is important for us
Blackburn Rovers F.C.
The club was established in 1875, becoming a founding member of The Football League in 1888. It is one of three clubs to have been both a founder member of the Football League and the Premier League. In 1890, Rovers moved to Ewood Park, Blackburn Rovers have been English champions three times, and have won six FA Cups and one Football League Cup. Blackburn are the only extant club to have won three consecutive FA Cups, the club has spent the majority of its existence in the top flight of English football. In 1992, Rovers gained promotion to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local entrepreneur Jack Walker, in 1995, Rovers became Premier League champions. In the 1998–99 season, the club was relegated and it was promoted back to the Premier League two years later, in the 2000–01 season. It has qualified for the UEFA Cup four times, once as League Cup winners, twice as the Premier Leagues sixth-placed team, the 2011–12 season marked the clubs 72nd, non-consecutive, year in the top flight. Rovers are currently one of six clubs to have won the Premier League, along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City. The clubs motto is Arte et Labore, By Skill and Hard Work in Latin, the club was founded following a meeting, at the Leger Hotel, Blackburn, on 5 November 1875. The meeting was organised by two men, namely John Lewis and Arthur Constantine. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of forming a club to play under Association rules. The first match played by Blackburn Rovers took place in Church, on 28 September 1878, Blackburn Rovers became one of 23 clubs to form the Lancashire Football Association. On 1 November 1879 the club played in the F. A, Cup for the first time, beating the Tyne Association Football Club 5–1. Rovers were eventually put out of the competition in the round after suffering a heavy 6–0 defeat by Nottingham Forest. On 25 March 1882 the club won through to the final of the F. A, Blackburn Rovers was the first provincial team to reach the final, but the result was a 1–0 defeat by the Old Etonians. Cup on 29 March 1884 with a 2–1 victory over the Scottish team Queens Park, the same teams played the F. A. Cup final again the season, with Blackburn Rovers again emerging victorious. Rovers repeated this success yet again the season, winning the final replay 2–0 against West Bromwich Albion
Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club /ˈwɪkəm/ is a professional association football club based in the town of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of English football. The club plays at Adams Park, which is situated on the outskirts of High Wycombe. The clubs nicknames are the Chairboys and the Blues, Ainsworth retired from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season. He is assisted by Richard Dobson and Barry Richardson, the club was awarded the Family Club of the Year award twice in a row in 2006–07 and 2007–08. This is the time that the award has been given to the same club in consecutive seasons. The club received a Football League Family Excellence Award after the 2009–10, 2011–12, the exact details of the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F. C. have largely been lost to history. A group of young furniture trade workers started a team to play matches in 1884 and this team was called North Town Wanderers. In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road and it is highly likely the club was named Wanderers after the famous Wanderers, winners of the first F. A. The club played friendly matches between 1887 and 1896, Amateur Cup in 1894 and the F. A. In 1895 the club moved to Loakes Park, which would become its home for the next 95 years, in 1896 the club joined the Southern League and competed in the Second Division until 1908. In the summer of 1908 the club declined the invitation to retain their membership of the Southern League, the club decided to pursue amateur instead of professional football and joined the Great Western Suburban League and remained there until the outbreak of the First World War. After the hostilities had ended the club joined the Spartan League in 1919 and were Champions in successive years, in March 1921 the clubs application to join the Isthmian League was accepted. The club remained a member of the Isthmian League until 1985, for over sixty years the Wanderers sought to be the greatest amateur club in the country. One of the clubs greatest achievements came in April 1931 when the F. A, Amateur Cup was won for the only time. The Wanderers beat Hayes 1–0 in the final at Highbury, home of Arsenal, the club also reached the first round proper of the F. A. Cup for the first time in November 1932, losing to Gillingham in a replay at Loakes Park, the club remained active during the Second World War, competing in the Great Western Combination, which was won in 1945. It provided the basis for a period of unprecedented success in 1950s, the club appointed Sid Cann as coach in 1952 and he led the Wanderers to their first Isthmian League title in 1956
Birmingham City Football Club
Birmingham City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Birmingham, England. Formed in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, they became Small Heath in 1888, then Birmingham in 1905, the team compete in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. As Small Heath, they played in the Football Alliance before becoming founder members, the most successful period in their history was in the 1950s and early 1960s. They won the competition for the second time in 2011. St Andrews has been their ground since 1906. They have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with Aston Villa, their nearest neighbours, the clubs nickname is Blues, due to the colour of their kit, and their fans are known as Bluenoses. Birmingham City were founded as Small Heath Alliance in 1875, the club turned professional in 1885, and three years later became the first football club to become a limited company with a board of directors, under the name of Small Heath F. C. Ltd. From the 1889–90 season they played in the Football Alliance, which ran alongside the Football League, in 1892, Small Heath, along with the other Alliance teams, were invited to join the newly formed Football League Second Division. The club adopted the name Birmingham Football Club in 1905, and moved into their new home, St Andrews Ground, matters on the field failed to live up to their surroundings. Birmingham were relegated in 1908, obliged to apply for two years later, and remained in the Second Division until after the First World War. Frank Womacks captaincy and the creativity of Scottish international playmaker Johnny Crosbie contributed much to Birmingham winning their second Division Two title in 1920–21, Womack went on to make 515 appearances, a club record for an outfielder, over a twenty-year career. 1920 also saw the debut of the 19-year-old Joe Bradford, who went on to score a club record 267 goals in 445 games, and won 12 caps for England. In 1931, manager Leslie Knighton led the club to their first FA Cup Final and they were finally relegated in 1939, the last full season before the Football League was abandoned for the duration of the Second World War. The name Birmingham City F. C. was adopted in 1943, under Harry Storer, appointed manager in 1945, the club won the Football League South wartime league and reached the semifinal of the first post-war FA Cup. Two years later won their third Second Division title, conceding only 24 goals in the 42-game season. Storers successor Bob Brocklebank, though unable to stave off relegation in 1950, when Arthur Turner took over as manager in November 1954, he made them play closer to their potential, and a 5–1 win on the last day of the 1954–55 season confirmed them as champions. In their first season back in the First Division, Birmingham achieved their highest league finish of sixth place. They also reached the FA Cup final, losing 3–1 to Manchester City in the game notable for Citys goalkeeper Bert Trautmann playing the last 20 minutes with a bone in his neck
English football league system
There are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions. As there are no definitions of any level below 11, any references to the structure at level 12. The pyramid for womens football in England runs separately to nine tiers, the Football League was created in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It was dominated by clubs who had supported professionalism. The twelve founding members consisted of six from Lancashire and six from the Midlands, no sides from the South including London initially participated. The system consists of a pyramid of leagues, bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation. A certain number of the most successful clubs in each league can rise to a higher league, in addition to sporting performance, promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. In theory it is possible for a local amateur club to rise to the pinnacle of the English game and become champions of the Premier League. While this may be unlikely in practice, there certainly is significant movement within the pyramid, the top five levels contain one division each and are nationwide in scope. Below this, the levels have progressively more leagues, with each covering progressively smaller geographic areas. Many leagues have more than one division, at the lower levels the existence of leagues becomes intermittent, although in some of the more densely populated areas there are leagues more than twenty layers below the Premier League. Clubs from these leagues may, if they feel they meet the standard of play and have suitable facilities. The seven levels immediately below the Premier League and English Football League are known as the National League System, in May 2014 The Football Association announced provisional plans for a new division between the English Football League and the National League which would include B teams of higher level clubs. The English football league system does not include the version of the game often called Sunday league football. These leagues are independent entities with no promotion or relegation involving the football pyramid, however, some Sunday League clubs have been known to join pyramid leagues if they desire to progress higher. There are also some Saturday leagues such as the Lincolnshire League which are not officially part of the pyramid, at the top is the single division of the Premier League, containing 20 clubs, all of which, up to the 2010–11 season, were based in England. Below the Premier League is the English Football League, which is divided into three divisions of 24 clubs each, The Championship, League One and League Two, the 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League are all full-time professional clubs. They are often referred to as League clubs because, before the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, clubs outside this group are referred to as non-League clubs, although they too play most of their football in league-type competitions
Football League First Division
The Football League First Division is a former division of the Football League. Between 1888 and 1992 it was the division in the English football league system. Following the creation of the FA Premier League it was a second-level division, in 2004 it was rebranded as the Football League Championship. The Football League was founded in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor and it originally consisted of a single division of 12 clubs, known as The Football League. When the League admitted additional members from the rival Football Alliance in 1892, for the next 100 years, the First Division was the top professional league in English football. Then, in 1992 the 22 clubs making up the First Division elected to resign from the Football League, the Football League was consequently re-organised, with the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions now renamed the First, Second and Third respectively. Thus, the First Division, while still the top level of the Football League, the First Division was renamed as the Football League Championship prior to the start of the 2004–05 season, as part of a league-wide rebrand. Liverpool were the most frequent winners of the First Division when it was the top flight of English football, winning it a total of 18 times. After the creation of the Premier League, the new Division One title was won more than once by one club, Sunderland. The First Division initially consisted of 12 founder clubs, since then it has undergone a series of expansions as football became more popular, as of the 1975–76 season players had to make 14 appearances for their club during the season in order to qualify for a winners medal. See List of English football champions, see List of winners of English Football League Championship and predecessors
Preston North End F.C.
Preston North End Football Club is a professional association football club located in the Deepdale area of Preston, Lancashire. They play in the Championship, the tier of the English football league system. Prestons unbeaten League and Cup season earned them the nickname The Invincibles, Prestons most recent major trophy success was their FA Cup victory over Huddersfield Town in 1938. Many notable players have played for the club, including Tom Finney, Bill Shankly, Tommy Docherty, Alan Kelly, Sr. and Graham Alexander. On 21 January 1875, the club leased a field opposite Moor Park on the site of the current Deepdale stadium, Preston North End were famously successful during the early years of professional football in England. In 1887, Preston beat Hyde 26–0 in the First Round of the FA Cup, Preston forward Jimmy Ross scored eight goals in the match, going on to score 19 goals in the competition that season, also still a record. The clubs last major win was their FA Cup triumph in 1938. Prestons most famous player, Sir Tom Finney, played for the club between 1946 and 1960, Finney is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, and was also a local lad, dubbed the Preston Plumber due to his professional training as a plumber. Finney remains the top goalscorer, with 187 goals from 433 appearances. Following Finneys retirement, Preston were relegated to the Second Division in 1961 and have not played in the top division since, the club did reach the FA Cup final in 1964, but lost to West Ham United. Preston were relegated to the Third Division in the 1969–70 season, Alan Ball, Sr. John McGrath oversaw Prestons promotion back to the Third Division a year later, where they remained when John Beck took over in October 1992. The 38-year-old Beck had only recently been sacked by Cambridge United, the club almost made it two promotions in a row to reach the Premier League, but lost to Bolton Wanderers in the 2001 play-off final. Simon Grayson was appointed by the club on 18 February 2013, of Simon Graysons next 10 games, Preston won 3, drew 4 and lost 3. In Simon Graysons first summer in charge, he permanently signed 4 players, Tom Clarke, a centreback, Chris Humphrey, a winger, Kevin Davies, a Centre forward and Alex Nicholson. He also signed Declan Rudd on a long loan from Norwich City. He allowed 3 players to leave during the summer, those being Luke Foster, Chris Robertson, the 2013–14 season started off well, unbeaten in their first 9 league games. They also beat local rivals Blackpool in the League Cup, before being beaten by Lancashire rivals Burnley in the second round. The 9 league game unbeaten run came to an end on 5 October, against Peterborough United, Preston then went on another 9 game unbeaten league run, winning 5 and drawing 4, including a win against Leyton Orient, only their second league defeat of the season
The EFL Cup, or simply the League Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in mens domestic English football. First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top domestic competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup. It concludes in February, long before the two, which end in May. It was introduced by the league as a response to the popularity of European football. It also took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the fixtures to be played as midweek evening games, with the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup from the 2016–17 season onwards. The tournament is played over seven rounds, with single leg ties throughout, the final is held at Wembley Stadium, it is the only tie in the competition played at a neutral venue and on a weekend. Entrants are seeded in the rounds, and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds. Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one also being the original, the current holders are Manchester United, who beat Southampton 3–2 in the 2017 final to win their fifth League Cup. Some clubs have fielded a weaker side in the competition. Many of the top English sides, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular, have used the competition to give young players valuable big-game experience. However, in 2010, in response to Arsène Wengers claim that a League Cup win would not end his trophy drought, Alex Ferguson described the trophy as a pot worth winning. The original idea for a League Cup came from Stanley Rous who saw the competition as a consolation for clubs who had already knocked out of the FA Cup. However it was not Rous who came to implement it, the re-organisation of the league was not immediately forthcoming, however, the cup competition was introduced regardless. The trophy was paid for personally by Football League President Joe Richards, Richards was proud of the competition, Richards described the competitions formation as an interim step on the way to the leagues re-organisation. I hope the Press will not immediately assume that the League is going to fall out with the F. A. or anybody else, the time has come for our voice to be heard in every problem which affects the professional game. The League Cup competition was established at a time when match day attendances were dwindling, the league had lost 1 million spectators compared to the previous season. It was established at a time when tensions between the Football League and the Football Association were high, the biggest disagreement was how revenue was shared between the clubs. During the late 1950s, the majority of senior English clubs equipped their grounds with floodlights and this opened up the opportunity to exploit weekday evenings throughout the winter
Liverpool Football Club is a professional association football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. They compete in the Premier League, the top tier of English football, the club has won 5 European Cups,3 UEFA Cups,3 UEFA Super Cups,18 League titles,7 FA Cups, a record 8 League Cups, and 15 FA Community Shields. The club was founded in 1892 and joined the Football League the following year, the club has played at Anfield since its formation. The club holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably the North West Derby against Manchester United, the clubs supporters have been involved in two major tragedies. The second was the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 Liverpool supporters died in a crush against perimeter fencing, the team changed from red shirts and white shorts to an all-red home strip in 1964 which has been used ever since. The clubs anthem is Youll Never Walk Alone, Liverpool F. C. was founded following a dispute between the Everton committee and John Houlding, club president and owner of the land at Anfield. After eight years at the stadium, Everton relocated to Goodison Park in 1892, the team won the Lancashire League in its début season, and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season. After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division, Liverpool reached its first FA Cup Final in 1914, losing 1–0 to Burnley. Liverpool suffered its second Cup Final defeat in 1950, playing against Arsenal, the club was relegated to the Second Division in the 1953–54 season. Soon after Liverpool lost 2–1 to non-league Worcester City in the 1958–59 FA Cup, the club was promoted back into the First Division in 1962 and won it in 1964, for the first time in 17 years. In 1965, the club won its first FA Cup, in 1966, the club won the First Division but lost to Borussia Dortmund in the European Cup Winners Cup final. Liverpool won both the League and the UEFA Cup during the 1972–73 season, and the FA Cup again a year later, Shankly retired soon afterwards and was replaced by his assistant, Bob Paisley. In 1976, Paisleys second season as manager, the club won another League, the following season, the club retained the League title and won the European Cup for the first time, but it lost in the 1977 FA Cup Final. Liverpool retained the European Cup in 1978 and regained the First Division title in 1979, Paisley retired in 1983 and was replaced by his assistant, Joe Fagan. Liverpool won the League, League Cup and European Cup in Fagans first season, Liverpool reached the European Cup final again in 1985, against Juventus at the Heysel Stadium. Before kick-off, Liverpool fans breached a fence separated the two groups of supporters, and charged the Juventus fans. The resulting weight of people caused a wall to collapse, killing 39 fans. The incident became known as the Heysel Stadium disaster, the match was played in spite of protests by both managers, and Liverpool lost 1–0 to Juventus
Robert Bernard Robbie Fowler is an English former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker from 1993 to 2012. Fowler was known for being a scorer with an instinctive goal-poaching ability. Fowler is best remembered for his time at Liverpool and is the sixth-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League and he scored 183 goals in total for Liverpool,128 of which were scored in the Premier League. He earned the nickname God from the Anfield crowd, becoming a club legend due to his ruthlessness in front of goal and he subsequently played for Leeds United and Manchester City, before returning to Liverpool in January 2006. He moved clubs 18 months later to sign for Cardiff City and he refused a one-year pay as you play contract extension and signed with Blackburn Rovers on a three-month deal on the same terms instead. In December 2008, he departed Blackburn and forged a career in Australia with North Queensland Fury, in 2011, he joined Thai side Muangthong United as a player, but later was appointed player-manager which he remained until his retirement in 2012. He was capped for England 26 times, scoring 7 goals, Fowler was included in Englands squads for Euro 96, Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Fowler was born in Toxteth, Liverpool and brought up in the city area of Liverpool. At this time he was known as Robert Ryder, his mothers surname and he lived in Toxteth at the time of the 1981 Toxteth riots, when he was six years old. As a youngster he supported Everton F. C and he played regularly for schoolboy team Thorvald, and once scored 16 times in a 26–0 rout. He signed as a team player on leaving school in the middle of 1991. Fowlers first involvement with the Liverpool first team came on 13 January 1993, Fowler scored all five goals in the second leg at Anfield two weeks later, making him the fourth player in Liverpools history to score five in a senior fixture. He scored his first league hat-trick against Southampton in only his fifth league game and he scored twice in a thrilling 3–3 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on 18 December. His first 13 games for the club yielded 12 goals, and he was rewarded with an England Under-21 debut against San Marino in November 1993, in which he scored Englands opening goal in the third minute. His record stood for twenty years until broken by Sadio Mané on 16 May 2015 for Southampton against Aston Villa, Fowler also scored braces against Aston Villa, Ipswich Town, Chelsea and Norwich City in the league that season. Fowler was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year in two years in 1995 and 1996, a feat equalled only by Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. Throughout the mid and late 1990s, Fowler was widely considered to be the most natural finisher playing in England, Fowler sealed this reputation as he scored more than 30 goals for three consecutive seasons, up to 1997. Stan Collymore, Fowlers strike partner from 1995 to 1997, said in his autobiography that Fowler was the best player he has played alongside
Darren John Purse is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for National League South club Bishops Stortford. He began his career at Leyton Orient, before winning a £100,000 move to Oxford United in July 1996 and he continued to impress, and was bought by Birmingham City for £700,000 in February 1998. He played for the Blues in the Premier League and the 2001 Football League Cup Final, after a year with the Baggies, he was transferred to Championship side Cardiff City for just under £1 million. Appointed as club captain, he was a substitute in the 2008 FA Cup Final. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in July 2009, and was appointed as captain. The Owls suffered relegation into League One, and he moved on to Millwall in January 2011, loaned out to Yeovil Town, he switched to Plymouth Argyle for a 12-month spell in January 2012. He left Plymouth for Port Vale in January 2013, and helped the club to promotion out of League Two in 2012–13. Purse was born in Stepney, London and attended Cardinal Pole RC School in Hackney, as a youngster Purse played in the same Sunday league side as Lee Bowyer. He signed his first professional contract with Leyton Orient when he turned seventeen and he spent close to two seasons at Brisbane Road, and scored five goals in 66 league and cup appearances for Tommy Taylors Os. Orient were relegated out of the Second Division in last place in 1994–95 and he also spent time in Finland on loan at Kakkonen club BK-IFK. In July 1996, Purse was signed by Oxford United for a £100,000 fee and he made 31 appearances in the 1996–97 season, as Denis Smiths Yellows posted a 17th-place finish in the First Division. Purse impressed at the Manor Ground, and scored six goals in 35 games in 1997–98, Purse joined Birmingham City for £600,000 plus Kevin Francis in February 1998. He started just two First Division games at the end of the 1997–98 season, Purse established himself in the Blues first team in the 1999–2000 season, making 41 starts in league and cup competitions. He played at the Millennium Stadium in the 2001 Football League Cup Final and he also converted his penalty in the shoot-out, which was won by Liverpool 5–4. With four goals in 49 appearances in the 2000–01 season, Purse won the vote to be named as the player of the season. This represented a significant turnaround for a defender who was barracked by City supporters at the start of the campaign. He missed the start of the 2001–02 season after a ground shot from manager Trevor Francis broke his wrist. Francis was sacked just after Purse returned to fitness, though the defender managed to keep his first team place under new boss Steve Bruce