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11 September 2017 19:52 Post ID: #1552009
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Looked at the fixture tonight: West Ham Utd v Huddersfield Town.

Just didn't look right: strange, like having ice cream on your plate with steak or some potatoes with your apple crumble. Got the feeling that this was a really weird League fixture, alien to my eyes.... even though both clubs have sent most of the last 75 years years bouncing around the top two tiers...

So just checked...and amazingly these two clubs have come together in League fixtures in only five seasons going all the way back to February 1932. That was in 1952/53, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1971/72 and 1972/73.

I know it's West Ham and we automatically don't give a toss. But I'm trying to think of a club that has often inhabited the second and third tiers over the last 85 and we have met so few times in that period. I can't think of one...

Any suggestions?

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11 September 2017 20:01 Post ID: #1552011 - in reply to #1552009
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Maybe Oxford Utd, met them mostly in cup competitions, or league 2 Accrington

Edited by bazzwall 11/9/2017 20:04
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11 September 2017 20:08 Post ID: #1552012 - in reply to #1552009
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I know what you mean, it did look odd, not to mention a complete waste of time for the neutral.
But, keine Punkte for Das Hamas tonight would be a perfect end to the day, especially after the goings on earlier with our other pals.

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11 September 2017 20:24 Post ID: #1552014 - in reply to #1552009
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! went to see a cup tie between the two when I was a kid 58-59 ?, it was a midweek afternoon so probably pre floodlights, 16yr old Dennis Law ripped the arse out of them either 5-0 5-1.
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11 September 2017 21:06 Post ID: #1552019 - in reply to #1552009
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Stockport County are the closest I can think of...

Although are slightly more a 3rd / 4th tier outfit, rather than 2nd/3rd tier.

Edit: Just checked - they've only played 26 seasons in the Second & Third Divisions (as it is now). Most of their time pre 1958/59 was spent in the Third Division North.



Edited by Moody 12/9/2017 09:01
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11 September 2017 21:07 Post ID: #1552022 - in reply to #1552009
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You could always ask Adam
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11 September 2017 21:13 Post ID: #1552023 - in reply to #1552009
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Total guess Cardiff
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12 September 2017 07:45 Post ID: #1552046 - in reply to #1552009
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Its games like this that make The Premier League " the Greatest League in the World " , as Sky TV never tire of telling us.!
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12 September 2017 08:08 Post ID: #1552048 - in reply to #1552046
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lottwall - 12/9/2017 08:45

Its games like this that make The Premier League " the Greatest League in the World " , as Sky TV never tire of telling us.!


And how they wish it had been Leeds that got promoted instead of Huddy.
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12 September 2017 09:00 Post ID: #1552051 - in reply to #1552023
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PurleyLion - 11/9/2017 21:13

Total guess Cardiff


Played them 59 times - soon to be 60 and 61 times in the league.

Probably one of our most regular opponents.
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12 September 2017 16:56 Post ID: #1552160 - in reply to #1552009
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Most played is brizzle city then pompey
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12 September 2017 23:04 Post ID: #1552248 - in reply to #1552009
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We've only played Newcastle (if you can count them as a yo yo team) in 8 seasons since 1930 odd (plus twice in the cup)
Any advance on 8?
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13 September 2017 08:30 Post ID: #1552292 - in reply to #1552248
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onlyagame - 12/9/2017 23:04

We've only played Newcastle (if you can count them as a yo yo team) in 8 seasons since 1930 odd (plus twice in the cup)
Any advance on 8?


I don't know - have spent 75% of their history playing top flight football. The rest all in the Second tier.

This is about a club that have played most of their history in the 2nd and 3rd tiers.

The best ones I can think of are Lincoln City and Stockport County. Historically they have played most of their history between the 2nd and 3rd tiers - but, much of the 2nd tier seasons were before many southern sides joined the FL, pre the expansion of 1920/21. So, not really that accurate for us - especially as up until 1958/59 if they were below the 2nd tier they were playing in the Third Division North.

Because of our ability to bounce around the divisions we have played every established FL club relatively regularly - bar the historically established top tier sides of Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle United.

We have even played Sunderland, once a great power of English football, 32 times in the FL. Soon to be 33 and 34 times.

And the mighty Leeds United have had to face us 30 times in the FL. 32 if you count the Play-offs as FL fixtures.

West Ham are right on the cusp - with 24 Football League meetings between the two (nearly half (11) of which have been draws).

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