1970s

Crystal Palace Vintage 1972-80 – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

Our second Crystal Palace Vintage post gathers another collection of retro player and team images based on the club’s 1970s years. In 1973 the club updated its image and our gallery maps the transition in colours from claret and blue (very stylish) to red and blue stripes (a bit less stylish). On the pitch Palace was an up and down club in these years, but by the end of the decade two promotions in three seasons had taken them back…

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Lucio Bertogna – Helenio Herrera’s Striker Who Never Was – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

“As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.” Boris Pasternak, Russian poet and novelist.Helenio Herrera was an undoubted genius who revolutionised football coaching and management in so many ways, but perhaps his greatest talent was for ignoring, distorting or reshaping inconvenient truths to fit his own narrative. The success Herrera brought to Inter was suitably billed as a natural product of his unique talent…

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Burnley Vintage 1973-76 – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

Our final Burnley Vintage post shares player and team images from the last period when Burnley could claim to be top flight regulars as they are today. Promoted as Division Two champions in 1973, their first season back in the big time was a great success and the club managed an excellent sixth placed finish and a run to the FA Cup semi-finals. An ignominious FA Cup defeat by a then non-League Wimbledon was a low point the following year…

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Manchester United Vintage 1970-73 – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

We move into the 70s for our third Manchester United Vintage Post with another collection of retro player and team images spanning the early part of that decade. And not a happy decade either for a club that had been used to being at the top of the English game. The retirement of Matt Busby and the end of the Best, Law and Charlton generation left the club rudderless and, by 1973, United had fallen to the unlikely role of relegation…

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Alan Hardaker Euro-Babbler – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

Long serving English Football League Secretary Alan Hardaker was typical of a certain breed of official and club owner that permeated English football in the decades following the war. While an undoubted aficionado of the game and a generally competent administrator, Hardaker was a petty, insular and xenophobic man forever associated with his utter disdain for foreign football – “too many wogs and dagoes” he told a reporter at The Times. For a Yorkshireman from the ‘say what I like and…

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