Monday, June 18, 2012

In 3rd Division Mansfield Town finished first, but the next clubs in the final table were more interesting:

Brighton & Hove Albion finished second, three points behind the champions.

Not exactly a team to brag about, but these boys were to go even higher and soon.

Third was Crystal Palace, quite shaky club, which not so long ago, in 1972, was proud member of 1st Division. The steep decline eventually halted and now the Londoners were lifting up their heads again. Not so brightly yet – they finished 3rd, enough for promotion.
Their climb was not to end just with this promotion, but unlike Brighton & Hove, not to mention Mansfield, Crystal Palace had already two persons who were soon to play major roles not only in English football: one young left full-back named Kenny Sansom and another young man – their manager Terri Venables. Just wait a few more years.