Football

West Ham win at Liverpool: from the era of JFK, Nehru, She Loves You and the 5p loaf

By Brian Sears 30 January 2015 West Ham are above Liverpool in the Premier League table and go to Anfield this weekend looking for a result that will keep them there and still in contention for a top-four finish. But it's been a long time since West Ham won a league match at Anfield. A long, long, long, long, long, long time. The last time West Ham won there, The Beatles were at No1 in the charts with She Loves You. Harold MacMillan was the British Prime Minister, John F Kennedy was the president of the United States and Nehru was the Prime Minister of...


Most ‘slain’ Premier League team Liverpool face banana-skin FA Cup visit of Bolton

By Brian Sears 23 January 2015 The formation of the Premier League from the 1992-93 season marked a major change in English football as the gap between the new top division and the rest of football quickly became a gulf. At a glance the first graphic below pretty much sums up what happened in financial terms. If you want more background on that, this linked piece from 2011 will explain in more detail. Suffice to say, when we talk about the 'Premier League' era, it is not because we think that's when Sky TV invented the game, or because we think it only...


Arsenal’s task of winning in Manchester is harder as City step up to United standards

By Brian Sears 16 January 2015 Arsenal visit Manchester on Sunday to play Manchester City and then return to Manchester for their last away game of the season in May to play United. Old Trafford has long been hard work for Arsenal, not only in the Premier League era but throughout all the post-war years. In 67 league visits to Old Trafford since the war, Arsenal have won on just 10 occasions, with only three wins there in 22 Premier League games. Arsenal have much more enjoyed their post-war visits to Manchester to take on City. The Gunners are in post-war points profit in their visits to City, gaining...