The FOX No 61 – May 1996…
This cover illustrates the growing concerns that we had that the gap between Premier and Division One would become too big to cross, creating a closed shop.
Looking back I think we got it wrong… a gap did open up, but it was between the very biggest clubs and the rest. There isn’t that big a difference in quality between teams in the bottom half of the Premier League and the top half of the Championship, and we would have been surprised to see Burnley, Hull, Wigan, Stoke, and Bolton competing up there.
City did jump the gap that year, escaping the ‘Deadendsleigh’, thanks to Steve Claridge’s late winner at Wembley, and lived at that level for six seasons.