First Division


Arsenals Top Seasons 1933-34 – Our 6th Best

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This was a season that was over-shadowed by the death of Arsenal's manager Herbert Chapman he passed away of pneumonia on January 6, 1934. He was 55 at the time of his untimely death.

This is a short exert from GN5's posts on Arsenal's best managers.

"Arsenal Football Club is open to receive applications for the position of Team Manager.

Arsenal – England’s Longest Top Flight Team

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By 1919 the Football League was gearing up for the return of the national game after the trials and tribulations of the First World War. It was proposed that the First Division be extended to include 22 teams rather than the 20 which had competed 4 years previously. On previous League expansions, teams who had sat in the relegation positions stayed up and two were added from Divison Two.

Arsenals Top Seasons 1988-1989 Our (last gasp) 11th Best

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Eighteen years we waited for this to happen eighteen very, very long and difficult years and we fans were wondering if it would ever happen again. Our last First Division Championship win had been in 1970-71 when, under Bertie Mee, we won the First Division and FA Cup double. However Arsenal being Arsenal they made winning this First Division Championship as difficult as they possibly could by waiting until the players had the last gasps of air in their lungs.

Neil Warnock on @TonyFernandes...On This Day: #QPR Crushed #Chelsea...Birthday for Ex-QPR and #Arsenal's Frank McLintock....QPR in India

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"....No owner could be more enthusiastic or well-meaning than Tony Fernandes at QPR, but even he has since admitted he knew nothing about the football business and if he had his time again, I'm sure he would do a lot of things differently. .." Neil Warnock/Independent

- 74th Birthday for Frank Mclintock

- Born December 28, 1939: - Released by Arsenal at age 33 (who preferred Jeff Blockley and later Terry Mancini!

Manchester United

Serie A: Newly-Promoted Benevento On Cusp Of Breaking Unwanted Record Held By Man Utd For Almost 90 Years

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Not that they'll thank us for mentioning it, but newly-promoted Serie A side Benevento Calcio are standing on the very cusp of breaking an antiquated footballing record that has stood for almost 90 years.

The record in question stretches all the way back to the 1930/31 season, when Manchester United lost all 12 of their opening matches in the English First Division.

Premier League’s 10 Most Memorable Moments From 1992-2002 [VIDEO]

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After more than two decades of the Premier League, it seems fitting to pay tribute to the first decade that laid the foundations to propel the Premier League onto the global stage it currently occupies.

Here are few of the great goals by the legends who have graced the game and some of the most memorable moments in the first decade from 1992-2002.

The Early 1980s Decline & Fall Of Manchester City

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In some respects, the 1982/83 football season had much in common with the season that is now drawing to a close. At the top of the First Division table, the most successful club of recent years was steamrollering its way to another championship victory the difference, of course, being that it was Liverpool rather than Manchester United destroying all before them whilst, at the bottom of the table, a desperate scramble occurred over the last few weeks of the season as clubs sought to avoid relegation which included one club which had, just a few weeks prior to the last day of the season, been in what had looked like a comfortable position in the middle of the table: Manchester City.

Match Of The Past: Nottingham Forest

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We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with Nottingham Forest. Twice the champions of Europe, it has now been more than a decade since Forest were last in the top division of English but, whilst our selected six matches all hark back to happier times to some extent, we've left the European Cup matches that everyone has already seen a thousand times off this list.

Bob Paisley vs Alex Ferguson, who is the greatest?

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Seventeen league titles, five European Cups, seven League Cups and fifteen Manager of the Year awards. Both adored by their fans, admired by their peers; and despised either end of the M62.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Bob Paisley OBE are undeniably the masters of their trade. Title after title has been mixed with majestic football and an unerring enjoyment of standing on the sidelines shouting at some of the worlds' most famous sportsmen.

Ipswich Town

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty-Two – The FA Cup Quarter-Finals

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It's time for another break from league action, as we're down to the last eight clubs in the 1980/81 FA Cup with seven clubs from the First Division and one from the Third Division plaing for a place in the semi-finals of the competition. First up, a quick mention of the match that is missing from the selection that we have.

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Nine – Liverpool Brave The Sunderland Snow

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We're almost at the end of November 1980 in our story of the 1980/81 football season, and this morning we kick off with four matches from the last week of that month. We start with the UEFA Cup match between Ipswich Town and the Polish club Widzew Lodz from Portman Road, a macth which eneded in an extremely comfortable win for the home team, before going on to three matches from the following weekend's First Division fixtures.

English Premier League

Aldershot Town Are Flying Too Close to The Sun; Club Face Extinction

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As the Premier League was kicking and screaming its way into the world in 1992 amidst talk of a revolution in the way football was played and watched, there was a less seismic but equally historic development unfolding much further down the pyramid. As the First Division clubs packed up their things and left to take up lucrative new contracts in the revamped top flight, Aldershot of the Fourth Division became only the second club in League history, and the last to date, to crash out of business without fulfilling its obligations for the season, crippling debts sending the club to the wall with two months of fixtures outstanding.

The Premiership’s Foreigners: 1989 v 2009.

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This information will surprise nobody who awoke from a 20 year coma last night and whose first move was to hit up the BBC web site (assuming, of course, that comas teach internet): the Premiership is more diverse than it was as the First Division in 1989*. And yes, the change has been quite grand, but [.


SPL: Hamilton's Fate Sealed

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In the end Hamilton had left their late rally too late. A good couple of months too late.

A season that began with back to back 4-0 defeats ended last night in relegation with a game to spare.

St Johnstone ended up the executioners. But Hamilton had were the authors their own death warrant.

Up And Down

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This blog is no place for another man's wet dreams. But I'll point you in the direction of Inside Left's latest post anyway. Seb - along with dreaming of Aberdeen winning the SPL - has been looking at promotion and relegation over the years. It dovetails nicely with my post on Old Firm dominance and shows that clubs have struggled to retain their SPL status when promoted.

The Monday Ballbag

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In another action-packed weekend of Scottish football, Aberdeen fail to capitalise on last week's epic win against Rangers, Hamilton record a rare win but a tunnel fracas after their game with Hearts will keep the SFA busy this week. And it's a sign that all is not well in Scottish football when only 16 goals [.

United Soccer Leagues

USL First Division Quarterfinals

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#2 Carolina RailHawks vs #7 Vancouver Whitecaps
Sept 24 at Vancouver – 10:30 pm ET :: Sept 27 at Carolina – 5:00 pm ET

#3 Puerto Rico Islanders vs #6 Rochester Rhinos
Sept 24 at Rochester – 7:05 pm ET :: Sept 27 at Puerto Rico – 6:00 pm ET

#4 Charleston Battery vs #5 Montreal Impact
Sept 24 at Montreal – 7:45 pm ET :: Sept 27 at Charleston – 7:00 pm ET

2009 USL First Division Playoffs

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The Portland Timbers have secured the first seed in the playoffs.

Carolina RailHawks, Puerto Rico Islanders, Charleston Battery will battle in the last round of matches for 2nd thru 4th.

Montreal Impact, Rochester Rhinos, Vancouver Whitecaps will fight for 5th thru 7th place during the final round of regular season matches.

USL-1 Weekend Results (8.28-30)

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Friday, August 28

Portland Timbers 0:0 Charleston Battery
Charleston clinches USL playoff berth Charleston Post and Courier
Timbers push unbeaten streak to 24 with draw The Oregonian

Saturday, August 29

Minnesota Thunder 1:3 Puerto Rico Islanders
Thunder lose on the road to Islanders Inside Minnesota Soccer

Miami FC Blues 0:1 Austin Aztex
Key breaks finally fall Aztex' way in shutout Austin American-Statesman

Rochester Rhinos 1: 1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Rhinos rally for tie in Vancouver Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Whitecaps, Rhinos duel to 1-1 draw Vancouver Sun

Sunday, August 30

Carolina RailHawks 1:1 Montreal Impact
Carolina steals a draw Canada.

USL Weekend Results (8.22-23)

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USL-2 Playoffs
Saturday, August 22

Harrisburg City Islanders 0:1 Richmond Kickers
Delicate lifts Kickers into USL-2 final Richmond Times-Dispatch

Charlotte Eagles 1:0 Wilmington Hammerheads
Hammerheads fall in semifinals to Charlotte


Saturday, August 22
Minnesota Thunder 0 - 1 Cleveland City Stars
City Stars end winless streak by defeating Minnesota clevelandcitystars.

USL Midweek Results (8.19-20)

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Wednesday, August 19

Minnesota Thunder 3:3 Rochester Rhinos
Rhinos stunned by tie after injury-time goal Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

2009 USL-2 Playoffs
Real Maryland Monarchs 1 - 3 Charlotte Eagles
Eagles soar past Real Maryland 3-1

Thursday, August 20

Vancouver Whitecaps 1:1 Charleston Battery
Ian Fuller's second-half goal gives Battery 1-1 draw with Whitecaps The Canadian Press
Battery rallies for draw Charleston Post and Courier

USL Tuesday Results (8.17.09)

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Vancouver Whitecaps 1:1 Carolina RailHawks
Whitecaps help to 1-1 draw against RailHawks Vancouver Sun
RailHawks earn draw with Caps The News & Observer

Montreal Impact 2:1 Cleveland City Stars
Byers, Biello score second half goals as Impact beat City Stars 2-1 The Canadian Press

USL Weekend Results (8.14-16)

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Timbers defender Cameron Knowles has surgery on broken leg, out for season The Oregonian

Friday, August 14
Minnesota Thunder 1 - 0 Miami FC Blues
Blues splutter on offense Miami Herald

Saturday, August 15
Portland Timbers 4 - 1 Rochester Rhinos
(Timbers' 22nd straight game without defeat)
Portland routs Rhinos Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Pore, Keita help Timbers keep streak alive The Oregonian

Montreal Impact 0 - 1 Puerto Rico Islanders
Krause scores in 37th as Islanders win 1-0 over visiting Impact The Canadian Press

Carolina RailHawks 0 - 0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Whitecaps and RailHawks fail to disturb the net Vancouver Sun

Western Mass Pioneers 0 - 3 Charlotte Eagles
Charlotte in playoffs against Maryland Charlotte Observer

Wilmington Hammerheads 2 - 2 Richmond Kickers
Kickers settle for tie with Wilmington Richmond Times-Dispatch

Crystal Palace Baltimore 0 - 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Palace falls 1-0 to Pittsburgh in regular season finale The Examiner

Sunday, August 16
Minnesota Thunder 2 - 2 Austin Aztex
Aztex lose lead, settle for tie with Minnesota Austin American-Statesman

USL Midweek Results (8.11-12)

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Tuesday, August 11

Cleveland City Stars 1:4 Charleston Battery
Cleveland Rocked Charleston Post and Courier

Wednesday, August 12

Portland Timbers 1:0 Montreal Impact
Streaking Timbers fall on Impact Ottawa Citizen
Timbers' unbeaten streak at 21 games The Oregonian

Real Maryland Monarchs 0 - 2 Wilmington Hammerheads
Victory means finale at Richmond for first place StarNewsOnline.

Miami FC Blues Sign Two Players

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In an attempt to bolster their defensive back line as they push to make the playoffs, the Miami FC Blues has signed former Brazilian national team defender Junior Baiano. The 39-year old played for a short time with Blues manager Zinho.

Three days before, the Blues signed U.S. U-20 defender Gale Agbossoumonde to a 3 and a half year contract.

The Rest

On This Day In 1978: Peter Shilton On Fire As Newly-Promoted Nottingham Forest Secure First Division Title (Video)

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There's been much made, fairly understandably, of Leicester's outstanding progress this season from table-proppers all the way up to table-toppers.

In 1978, East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest achieved the feat of winning the First Division league title the season after being promoted, which was made mathematically certain on this very day, 38 years ago.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Is Paulo Cesar Arango Being Scouted?

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D.C.'s latest area of interest apparently is/was in the Colombian Leagues. No, it is not this guy.

Confirming an earlier report, D.C. United has apparently expressed an interest in Colombian midfielder Paulo Cesar Arango. Arango appeared in more than 150 games with America De Cali in the Colombian A League (or First Division) on three occasions from 2005-2013, though most recently was let go by La Equidad last month.

Amateur notes: WSL Majors, First Division set-ups for 2014-15 unveiled

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Newcastle Lose Four League Games In Row – First Time in 37 Years

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It was back in September and October of 1977, the last time we lost four league games in a row in England's top league then known as the First Division and we lost 3-2 to West Ham, 3-0 to West Brom, 2-1 to Coventry and 2-1 to Derby County before we took [...]

Non-League Thurrock Relegated By FA After Player Fails To Pay Paltry £16 Fine

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By Alan Duffy

'Harsh' doesn't even start to describe a decision by the FA which has seenIsthmian Premier Division side Thurrock relegated to the First Division.

The FA have upheld a three-point deduction handed out to Thurrock after they had fielded a player who had failed to pay a whopping fine of £16 to West Riding FA.


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This evening (afternoon Denver time) Queen of the South defeated Brechin 6-0. Brechin was the only team able to catch Queen of the South at the top of the Division 2 table, a chance that with today's result is no longer mathematically possible. The Doonhamers will be back in Division 1 next season and they have 6 games left to play.

Pros: Former rivals now teammates

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Rosie Malone-Povolny (Marquette) and Keara Thompson (UW-Milwaukee) were rivals during their college soccer careers in Milwaukee.

Now professional players, the midfielders will be teammates in Norway.

Malone-Povolny and Thompson both signed with Medkila IL, which finished second in the First Division last season to earn promotion to the Toppserien for the second time in three years.

Match Of The Past: Watford FC

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We continue our collection of matches from the past of the clubs of the Football League Championship this evening with Watford. Our first match comes from the 1969/70 season, and is their FA Cup quarter-final match against Liverpool from Vicarage Road. We then skip forward to the start of the following decade, for another FA Cup match, this time against non-league Harlow Town, who the Hornets seemed to have more trouble with than much of their opposition in the league as they shot through the divisions from the Fourth Division to the First Division in the years between 1978 and 1982.

Dunfermline: Pars Party Up

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Outwardly benign, really rather malevolent.

Inviting your enemies round for a house party is a nice gesture. Until they realise that most of the guests have only turned up to celebrate your achievements.

Cruel that.

Spare a thought for Falkirk's fans. Off the pace in the First Division title race, financially suspect, offloading players here, there and everywhere and stuck with a divisive manager for another season.

True Blue Brazil?

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I can imagine this is going to go down like a lead balloon in certain quarters of Scottish football: Donald Findlay, who was forced to resign as vice-chairman of Rangers in 1999 after he was filmed singing sectarian songs at a supporters function, last night returned to football when he was named the new chairman of Cowdenbeath.

Brazilian First Division kicks off its 2010 season

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With ten games, the Brazilian First Division kicked off for a new season this Saturday. Rio de Janeiro State champions Botafogo hosted Sao Paulo State champions Santos in a very entertaining 3-3 tie. Also on saturday, Gremio went to Goiania and held Atletico GO to a scoreless draw, thanks in great part to goalkeeper Vitor.

Expanding the MLS: Montreal, Florida next?

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According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Soccer is hoping to add Montreal and Florida to the league sometime in the near future. The league currently has sixteen teams, with Portland and Vancouver set to join in 2011, bringing the total to the FIFA-suggested eighteen for a first division league.