The Lost World of Football: C is for Charity Shield

Got, Not Got

Continuing our series of extracts from ‘The Lost World of Football’ (which is ‘brilliant’… if you believe the first published review in Sport mag!)

Since 1908 the Charity Shield had been treated like a mixed metaphor of dog’s dinner and moveable feast. Touring all the big grounds from Highbury to Goodison, it eventually settled on a formula of League Champions vs. FA Cup Winners. However, by the early Seventies, its stock was pretty low.

In 1973 it should have been contested by Sunderland and Liverpool, but neither could be bothered, so holders Manchester City played Second Division champions Burnley at Maine Road.
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In The Lost World of Football we go on to look back on Cloughie’s Leeds vs. Shankly’s Liverpool – not a highly charitable occasion.
But here we remember the 1975 Shield between champs Derby and Cup winners West Ham. Specifically, how smashing it was when Umbro shirts and…

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