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23/10/2009 08:36, Report by Steve Morgan
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Red rivals: The 1980s

Use it up and wear it out

Sports casual hands over to scruff, tweed and Barbour jackets in an era that marked the end of innocence.

Decade head to head
League: P20 W8 D10 L2
FA Cup: P2 W1 D1 L0
League Cup: P2 W0 D0 L2
Charity Shield: P1 W1 D0 L0
Overall: P25 W10 D11 L4

The United fan – Ian Hough:

"My abiding memory – although walking to Lime Street, singing in the darkness after Arthur Albiston’s Anfield winner in October 1981 runs it close – has to be the league match at Old Trafford, April 1980. United won 2-1 and it was the first time I really tasted that edge between the teams. Liverpool had loads of fans and I’d never heard the whole ground singing like that.

"Home fans in the United Road Paddock and seats joined in with every song blasted out by the Stretford End. It was the era of caged-in fans. Every time Liverpool got a throw-in, you could see the crowd roaring abuse at their player as he retrieved the ball. At the end of that game my throat was hoarse, I was totally drained – and the fact we’d won was secondary to the experience."

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Honours uneven

Liverpool forge ahead in the title stakes, as United settle for slim cup pickings...

Honours
United: FA Cups 2 (1983, 1985), Charity Shields 1 (1983)
Liverpool: League titles 6 (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988), FA Cups 2
(1986, 1989), League Cups 4 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984), Charity Shields 5 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989), European Cups 2 (1981, 1984)
Title ticker: United 7, Liverpool 17

Red rivals: The 1970s   The 1960s

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