Every dog has some sort of day in football

Game of the People

Success and failure are both relative. Arsenal, for example, haven’t won anything since 2005 and they are reminded of it virtually every day in the media. But since winning one of the worst ever FA Cup finals against Manchester United, the Gunners have reached a Champions League final and qualified year-by-year for that competition. No silverware, but plenty of money sloshing through the Emirates’ coffers. Virtually any other club would consider that considerable success. At the other end of the scale, York City have won promotion back to the Football League and reached Wembley twice, three times if you include the play-offs. Some might say York have experienced a lot of success as tumbleweed has rolled through the Arsenal trophy cabinet.

Success is relative. And shouldn’t be taken for granted. It is, though, at the highest level. In the 1980s, the “big five” were Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and…

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