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Football is back!
Every time the football season rolls around it seems as though the last one only just finished; and that is the best part. We Brits love our football and love watching the likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, the Bolton Wanderers and the Blackburn Rovers battle it out for the top prize.
Though it has been a slow start for them, the Bolton Wanderers have an interesting and possibly exciting 2009-2010 season ahead of them as this is their 9th season on the trot in the Premiere League. Their longest since their unbroken run from 1935-36 to 1963-64. Though unfortunately for the Bolton Wanderers, they can boast the somewhat unconverted title of being the club that has spent the most years in the top Division without actually winning the title; a staggering 71! Nevertheless, since they were aided by defender Sam Allardyce in 2001 back into the Premiere League they continue to grow in confidence and skill and will be one to watch in 2009-10.
Birmingham City too could have an exciting season on their hands and although so far they have lost a majority of their games, it is still early enough in the season for them to pick up their game. Indeed the lads at Birmingham City have high hopes for the 2009-10 season, as do their supporters, as they are eager to top their best ever result, which was sixth in the First Division in the 1955-56 season. Considering this was over half a century ago, it may be just the right time for Birmingham City to up their game and really give it a go this season.
On an equal par with Birmingham City at the moment on the League tables is the Blackburn Rovers, who have had a turbulent past that began with them winning the FA Cup in 1884, 1885 and 1886, which was followed up by them being one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888. The creation of the Premiere League in 1992 saw them back to the top of English football with the help of owner Jack Walker who set an English transfer record by signing 22 year old Alan Shearer for £3.5. They then peaked the following year and were later relegated in 1999. Now back in the top Division, there are high hopes for the boys to return to some of their former glory.
One team that certainly knows all too well what the glory days are all about are Arsenal who, as most football fans will know, are regarded as one of the top four clubs in the Premiere League today. Arsenal has gone from strength to strength since their creation in 1886 and holds the title for the most consecutive seasons in football’s top Division, which currently stands at 80. They have various periods of great success over their years playing at football’s top level and this has been heralded in recent years by Frenchman Arsene Wenger who has seen Arsenal finish 8 out of his 12 seasons as manager in either first or second position on the League table.
Finally there is Aston Villa, who so far has shown some real class in the 2009-10 seasons. But will it be enough for them to top their highest ranking so far of finishing runner-up to Manchester United in the 1992-93 season? Only time will tell! In recent years there has been a certain amount of instability within Aston Villa, though this looks like it could be calming down as the boys are currently showing some good form under current manager Martin O’Neill.
It reaches 200 countries in the world and over half a billion people and the Premiership League this year will not let them all down.