As football betting fans will attest, the nation’s game has come a long way since the dark days of the late 1970s and 80s when a mixture of violence and tragedy blighted the game’s reputation – and that of its supporters – home and away for long periods. Whilst the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989 gave rise to controversy within certain quarters of the reporting media and the constabularies responsible for policing the event after the shocking and needless death of 96 Liverpool fans, the Heysel tragedy some four years previously implicated English football fans (alongside Italians) and their pre-match drinking policy as key to the events that unfolded that fateful evening.
Many in the professional game along with respected pundits and a legion of regular Football Betting members of the public concur that the five year blanket banning of teams from the inter-continental club competitions for their part in disturbances across Europe cost the domestic game dearly, not least in terms of ground lost to the attracting of emerging talent and development of home grown youngsters who were unable to compete in the highest level competition. Financially the legacy would have been more of a long term burden were it not the series of events that followed in the early 1990s and transformed the game irreversibly as to what it’s become today.
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The upshot of judiciary findings by the powers in the direct aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster was the physical and systematic banishing of terraces at football stadia across Britain, and the introduction of new, vastly improved and prominently family-orientated stadium facilities that would serve to encourage the older and younger generations who’d hitherto been lost to the spectating game as a result of the rioting and antisocial behaviour that had developed during the preceding years; and therein potentially dissuade the more unsavoury trouble making element from continuing to wreak havoc and sully the good name of English football throughout the continent.
Once these recommendations listed in the Taylor Report had taken shape and football steadily began to regain its belief and respect amongst the general public as a whole – and moreover how it was perceived to be taking momentous strides forward – so came the influx of new opportunities and investment beyond most clubs wildest dreams.
1992 saw the official forming of the Premier League, a super league of 22 teams which was created from what was the old English First Division. Having been promoted from the old Second Division at the tail end of the previous season, one of the founding members of the Football League, Blackburn Rovers, now found themselves mingling with the elite in the footballing new order; going on to an almost fairytale league title in 1994/95 under the ownership of sugar daddy Jack Walker, the experienced managerial guidance of Kenny Dalglish and the firepower of a certain prolific marksman Alan Shearer.
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For the first few years less glamorous teams such as Norwich City, Wimbledon and Queens Park Rangers would find themselves tussling with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the higher reaches of the as was Carling-sponsored Premiership. It wasn’t long into the seasonal campaigns though before a more established roll call and unsurprising pecking order manifested itself, with latterly the so-called ‘big four’ comprising the Gunners, the Red Devils, the Chelsea Blues and the Reds of Liverpool making their considerable presences and impressive histories felt by all manner of pretenders to the Premier League throne. Suffice to say that to date only four different teams have won the Premiership, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers.
Because the original 22 clubs (now 20 contest the league) act as shareholders they are effectively responsible and held accountable for individually and collectively negotiating their own destiny; including merchandising, sponsorships, broadcasting revenue stream and every other conceivable facet which ultimately generates a massive prize pot come the end of each season when the spoils are shared out between the teams.