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Sheffield United hit top six

The ESL has died a bitter but highly welcome death.

The breakaway league will no longer be going ahead after all six English clubs pulled out following protests from the supporters across the football pyramid.

Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool have all, essentially, been shouted down by the hordes of supporters who were rightly appalled by the avarice and greed on show.

They made their voices heard and, rightly so, with the owners forced to retreat.

And how dare they attempt to freeze football in time.

We at ClaretandHugh have rolled back the clock and had a look at the clubs who would have been invited back in the 1974/75 season to show how football moves on, and how brilliant teams come and go, with nothing being forever.

That season, in the old First Division, Derby County won the league under Dave Mackay after the exit of Brian Clough. That’s the Rams of the Championship.

In second was Liverpool, under Bob Paisley, one of the great teams of all time.

In third, it was Ipswich Town, another club who are now in the second-tier.

Everton were fourth, while Championship Stoke were fifth, and the Premier League’s  Sheffield United, set to be in the second-tier next season, sixth.

It just goes to show that we can’t take anything for granted, and that attempting to stop the clocks is an act of brazen arrogance never before seen.

Think of the triumphs of Nottingham Forest, of Ipswich, of Derby in Europe, of the brilliant Hammers sides of the 60s and 80s. All of those would have been invited but we reckon there’s definitely one of them who would have told them to stick it.

Forest -under the magnificent ego of Brian Clough – were twice winners of the Champions league equivalent in his day and the Uefa Super Cup.

The old boy would be spinning in his grace at a Super league suggestion  after relentlessly slamming the way the game was heading in the autumn of his career.

The clocks keep ticking. This nonsense must never be revisited – the fans have spoken …and how refreshing is that in these money crazy days.

Cloughie would be spinning in his grave

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Sheffield United hit top six

  1. City were in the third tier much more recently, and Chelski in the second with a home crowd of 7,000 I seem to recall. And both Spuds and Manure have had spells in the second tier since the early 70s. Total hypocrites the lot of em😠

  2. Ipswich Town are today placed 11th in League One, the third tier of English Football. Having been relegated from the old Division One in 1986, they only spent five seasons over two spells in the Premier League before their big decline.
    Even though The Tractor Boys have recently been taken over by American investors, the team are currently a long way from moving up the pyramid judging by their 3-0 defeat at relegation threatened Northampton Town last night.
    Derby County could be joining them in League One next season despite having Wayne Rooney in charge. Stoke City and in particular, Nottingham Forest are light years from the better times that they had in the 1970’s and 1980’s respectively.
    In the mid-70’s the Hammers had a decent side built around Mervyn Day, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds, Graham Paddon and Trevor Brooking. They won the FA Cup in 1974-75 and were runners-up in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final a year later. Of the clubs that Dave Langton referred to, it’s only West Ham that are currently showing promise in moving forward.

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