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1984/85 UEFA Cup: QPR v Partizan Belgrade
There is not much hope of Arsenal overturning their four goal deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but in 1984 QPR threw away the same advantage in their UEFA Cup tie with Partizan Belgrade. The beginning of the 1980s was an exciting time ...

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1985 FA Cup Fifth round: Blackburn v Manchester United
As Manchester United prepare to visit Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round, I'm taking a look back at the same fixture from the 1985 competition. Many thanks to Mick Rathbone for his time in helping me write this piece. Back in the winter of 1985, the...

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1986: The tied Test
Australia will soon be touring India to take part in a four Test series, but it is hard to imagine any of their matches being quite as dramatic and exciting as the 1986 Madras Test. It seems that the debate relating to the future of Test cricket is not just...

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1989 FA Cup Fourth Round: Norwich City v Sutton United
Sutton United will play Leeds United in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend, and they will be hoping it goes a lot better than the last time they reached this stage of the competition in 1989. Mention Sutton United to football fans, and many will justifiab...

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1982/83: Graham Taylor and Watford
When the sad news of Graham Taylor passing away broke on January 12, naturally the tributes came flooding in. Whilst many noted that his time in charge of England was troubled, a lot column inches and html paragraphs were dominated with the successes Taylor...

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1986: Jossy's Giants (Series 1)
Something a bit different this week, as I take a look back at series one of the cult BBC1 children's programme Jossy's Giants, in the form of an end of season newspaper report. And so the journey from Grasshoppers to Giants is complete. When Jossy Blair too...

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1985 FA Cup Third round: Burton Albion v Leicester City
When Northern Premier League Burton Albion were drawn against Division One Leicester City in the 1985 FA Cup third round, on paper it appeared to be a romantic tie. The typical David v Goliath clash, the outside chance of a shock, and a day in the spotlight...

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1988: Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy
This article first appeared in  issue 262 of The Gooner There have been a number of awful football competitions organised throughout the history of the sport, from the Anglo-Scottish Cup to the Zenith Data Systems, taking in such delights as the Texaco Cup,...

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Great sports photos of the 1980s (Part I)
Something slightly different for my final blog before Christmas, as I take a look back at some great sporting photos of the 1980s. This may be something I come back to in the future, so any suggestions for Part II are very welcome. Please note: I have state...

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1980s sporting retirements
Nico Rosberg recently made the shock decision to retire from Formula One after winning the World Championship title. So this week I am taking a look back at some sporting retirements of the 1980s, including an England rugby union captain forced to quit the ...
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