Neville Bartos wrote:
The 'old sport was cobblers' argument is a myth. You try punting a soaking wet medicine ball about a ploughed field for 90 minutes, all whilst being hacked to death.
Ronaldo wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes in 1950, let alone 1934.
Spirit and endeavour are different from fitness and preparation.
If you'd have dropped Sir Bobby into last night's game he'd have been fucked after 30 minutes.
If Sir Bob had been born in 1990?
He'd have ran the show last night.
Preparation has more to do with technology than technique.
As for fitness and conditioning.
Look at Charlton's injury record at Manure. For 15 seasons in a row he played more than 28 games and only twice did he play less than 36.
And that's indicative of players of that era. Bobby Moore, once established at West Ham had exactly the same kind of run. 13 seasons on the spin where only once did his appearances dip under 30 for a season. 37 was the next lowest number during that period.
So whilst modern techniques might optimise a players fitness in the short term, it doesn't seem conducive to an injury free career.
Modern football isn't better -- especially if you've not won a trophy since the early 80s -- it's just different.
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