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The great team of 1981 12:31 - Jan 27 with 962 viewsBrianTablet

From memory, the great team that we all know and love didn't actually play together that many times, did they?
I seem to remember McCall played quite a lot in 1981.

Cooper
Burley
Mills
Thijssen
Osman
Butcher
Wark
Muhren
Mariner
Brazil
Gates

Just checked here: http://www.prideofanglia.com/page.php?page=seasons&text=1980-81&level=1
McCall played 43 matches. Assume it was Burley that was injured and Mills switched to RB?

Anyone know the stats?

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[Post edited 27 Jan 12:34]

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The great team of 1981 on 12:36 - Jan 27 with 914 viewsFtnfwest

Correct for the most part re McCall/Mills/Burley.

Cup attendances were higher on average than league....
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The great team of 1981 on 12:37 - Jan 27 with 908 viewsThe_Last_Baron

Burley suffered an ACL injury at Shrewsbury in the Cup in late January which is why McCall played the second half of the season.

I believe George was the first player to recover from such an injury, although I felt he lost 10% of what he had had before the injury.

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The great team of 1981 on 12:38 - Jan 27 with 903 viewsgainsboroughblue

The great team of 1981 on 12:36 - Jan 27 by Ftnfwest

Correct for the most part re McCall/Mills/Burley.

Cup attendances were higher on average than league....


Yep. I can remember being far more squashed in at the cup ties. Forest and Charlton especially.
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The great team of 1981 on 12:41 - Jan 27 with 885 viewsPJH

Burley got injured at Shrewsbury in F.A. Cup 4th round on Jan 24th ending his season.

Burley had started 34 games in all competitions at that point.

Mick Mills missed all of December so McCall was deputising for him at LB then but also had a few games in MF when one of the main men out.

Of the 66 games we played Osman started all of them, Muhren 65, Butcher and Wark 64, Copper 61, Gates 60, Mariner and Brazil 58, Mills 54, Thijssen 52.

That iconic team actually only started something like 15 games by the looks of it.

Edit-just had a count up and it seems to me that THE team only started 14 games in all competitions in 1980/81.
[Post edited 27 Jan 14:32]
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The great team of 1981 on 13:04 - Jan 27 with 791 viewsgainsboroughblue

The great team of 1981 on 12:41 - Jan 27 by PJH

Burley got injured at Shrewsbury in F.A. Cup 4th round on Jan 24th ending his season.

Burley had started 34 games in all competitions at that point.

Mick Mills missed all of December so McCall was deputising for him at LB then but also had a few games in MF when one of the main men out.

Of the 66 games we played Osman started all of them, Muhren 65, Butcher and Wark 64, Copper 61, Gates 60, Mariner and Brazil 58, Mills 54, Thijssen 52.

That iconic team actually only started something like 15 games by the looks of it.

Edit-just had a count up and it seems to me that THE team only started 14 games in all competitions in 1980/81.
[Post edited 27 Jan 14:32]


Beattie played a few games that year too didn't he?

Obvious one being the cup semi.
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The great team of 1981 on 13:07 - Jan 27 with 776 viewsPJH

The great team of 1981 on 13:04 - Jan 27 by gainsboroughblue

Beattie played a few games that year too didn't he?

Obvious one being the cup semi.


The Beat started 11 and came on as sub in 6.

The semi final was of course his last ever game for us.

edit-due to injuries to The Beat and Big Al Osman and Butcher had established themselves as first choice central defenders since late 1978/79.
[Post edited 27 Jan 13:09]
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The great team of 1981 on 13:18 - Jan 27 with 737 viewsFtnfwest

The great team of 1981 on 13:07 - Jan 27 by PJH

The Beat started 11 and came on as sub in 6.

The semi final was of course his last ever game for us.

edit-due to injuries to The Beat and Big Al Osman and Butcher had established themselves as first choice central defenders since late 1978/79.
[Post edited 27 Jan 13:09]


The effort Beattie put into that last game (well any game but particularly an FA cup match) might be an eye opener for Mr Klopp
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The great team of 1981 on 14:53 - Jan 27 with 561 viewsBluespeed225

The great team of 1981 on 12:41 - Jan 27 by PJH

Burley got injured at Shrewsbury in F.A. Cup 4th round on Jan 24th ending his season.

Burley had started 34 games in all competitions at that point.

Mick Mills missed all of December so McCall was deputising for him at LB then but also had a few games in MF when one of the main men out.

Of the 66 games we played Osman started all of them, Muhren 65, Butcher and Wark 64, Copper 61, Gates 60, Mariner and Brazil 58, Mills 54, Thijssen 52.

That iconic team actually only started something like 15 games by the looks of it.

Edit-just had a count up and it seems to me that THE team only started 14 games in all competitions in 1980/81.
[Post edited 27 Jan 14:32]


And I think, unfortunately, that Thijssen missed most of his games during the run in? Gates was running on fumes from the cup semi’ onwards, and McCall was a fine utility player who I think gets a bit overlooked as he is compared to Burley who was pretty peerless at full back for a while. Didn’t know Muhren played 65! Butcher and Mariners’ efforts! Remember to include games/travel etc for the 82’ World Cup qualifiers.
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The great team of 1981 on 15:02 - Jan 27 with 537 viewsPJH

The great team of 1981 on 14:53 - Jan 27 by Bluespeed225

And I think, unfortunately, that Thijssen missed most of his games during the run in? Gates was running on fumes from the cup semi’ onwards, and McCall was a fine utility player who I think gets a bit overlooked as he is compared to Burley who was pretty peerless at full back for a while. Didn’t know Muhren played 65! Butcher and Mariners’ efforts! Remember to include games/travel etc for the 82’ World Cup qualifiers.


Yes,Frans Thijssen only played one of the last seven league games(the win at Villa) but did play in and score in both legs of the UEFA Cup Final.

Paul Mariner only played three of the last seven league games and Gatesy missed two of them.

We lost six of our last eight league games having only lost three of the previous thirty four.
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