A look at English football in the 1960s

MatthewA By MatthewA, 5th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/29f6alx8/
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Few will doubt that the 1960s was a golden era for English football, at both club and national level. It was a decade that had some great teams and players.

A look at English football in the 1960s

To begin with, the first double was won by Tottenham in 1961. This great side proved too good for the rest in both league and cup. Aside from this, Spurs would defend the FA Cup in 1962. Later, they became the first English club team to win a European trophy, the Cup Winners Cup. A 3rd FA Cup would be added, and with 5 trophies they won more trophies than any other club in the 1960s.

However, that is not to say that they were necessarily the dominant club of the era. With only one league title, it cannot be said as such. Then, there was not really a dominant club in the league. Manchester Utd, Liverpool & Everton all won the league twice at most, and Leeds who often showed good league form could only win once but finished second a lot.

Leeds Utd, were perhaps a team that could and should have won more in the era. They won three trophies during the period, but often came close to adding more. Their league winning team in the latter part of the decade only lost 2 games, and was the best of the times.

Shankly was bringing Liverpool to prominence. After regaining their place amongst the elite they were becoming arguably one of the best teams in the country. Aside from two league titles, an FA Cup was also won.

At national level, the appointment of Alf Ramsey as England manager in the early 1960s began a new era. Ramsey had won the league title with a newly promoted Ipswich team, and it was hoped that he could improve on England's World Cup record. The 1962 World Cup saw Englanddefeated in the qtr-finals, beaten by eventual winners Brazil.

He had a very good crop of players. From Greaves, to Moore, Charlton and co there was talent in England's ranks. As the 1966 World Cup approached, he went for a 4-4-2 formation which cut back the 4-2-4 used. The wingless wonders won the 1966 World Cup in England.

With this, it would not be too long before an English club side won the European Cup. Busby's Manchester Utd team of the era had already shown some of the best league form with four top 2 finishes, and then beat Benfica 4-1 in the 1967 European Cup final.

So with that, English football was on a high. The decade would end with Arsenal winning the Fairs Cup in Europe.

By the 1970 World Cup, English football was truly the best in Europe and most probably the world. A golden generation would pass, for the England team would break up and demise.

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England, Fifa World Cup, Football, Soccer

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