Up the Junction wrote:
It's often been asked when the PL bubble will burst - I wonder if this might be the beginning of the end. Who, outside of the fans of the three or four clubs involved, wants to watch a league that's non-competitive and unwinnable for most participants?
I suspect supporters of clubs such as Stockport County or Rochdale may have a wry smile at such thoughts.
When the PL clubs decided to cast adrift the so called lower league clubs, reducing their income, then buying fewer and fewer players from them, not only did they face the prospect of never winning anything ever , they ran the risk of oblivion.
The most startling comment from the OV for me was the one pointing out Everton had won more league titles by 1987 than Manchester United or Arsenal.
He may have forgotten Everton were one of the laughably named "big 5" who were instrumental in pushing for a bigger slice of the pie in the eighties/ early nineties.
Reap, sow and all that.
However in the past 52 years the English top flight has been won by just 12 different clubs, so there was a high degree of the same clubs generally winning the league prior to football being invented in 1992.
In addition to the 6 clubs who have won the PL, you can add Leeds United, Everton, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa, each of whom were English champions at some time during the previous 26 years.
As for the cups, with only 3 teams winning the FA cup who haven't won the league in the PL era,that to me says more about the teams who are clearly prioritising PL survival above winning a trophy. However, it was generally true in the previous 26 years the stronger sides in the league also did well in the cups , with only 4 sides winning the FA cup who hadn't won the league in that period. So has football really changed ? Maybe, but mainly down to attitude and clubs not understanding what really matters.
The league cup in both the PL era and the previous 26 years has always been the most open competition, that one has seen the biggest concentration into the hands of the PL winners , with just 5 non PL winners winning it in the PL era.
For me the league hasn't really changed all that much, the cups though are about most clubs surrendering and not even trying, prioritising survival in the PL above all else. There are some exceptions , though, and take a bow Wigan Athletic. They've got some silverware that can never be taken from them. It arguably cost them a top flight place, but so what .
No club will ever win anything unless they try. Whenever I see a poster on here suggest a weakened side for a cup tie a little of me just dies, if supporters don't want to win something the game really is lost.
I'll be at the game against Macclesfield Town and I'm hoping to see our first XI against theirs. Few if any of our players will ever hang a winners medal around their necks for the PL, but they could win one for a good cup campaign .If the Manager respects his players, he'll pick his strongest side.