Sports quiz: football in the 1980s

Our Eighties expert revisits a time when Ipswich, Everton and Steaua Bucharest won in Europe

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

Who captained Italy to World Cup success in 1982?

Dino Zoff

Claudio Gentile

Marco Tardelli

Antonio Cabrini

Which of these statements about the 1980 European Championship is true?

It was the first finals tournament to feature eight teams

It was the last European Championship to feature a third-fourth play-off match

The top scorer in the tournament scored all his goals in one match

All of the above

Steaua Bucharest beat Barcelona on penalties in the 1986 European Cup final, making them the only Romanian club to have won the trophy. What was the score in the penalty shootout?





At which stadium did Liverpool beat Everton to win the 1984 Milk Cup final – their fourth consecutive League Cup triumph?

Old Trafford

Villa Park


Maine Road

Ipswich won the Uefa Cup in the 1980-81 season – their only European silverware (so far). Which of their players scored 14 goals in the competition that season?

John Wark

Alan Brazil

Paul Mariner

Eric Gates

Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle released the song Diamond Lights under the name ‘Glenn & Chris’ in 1987. Where did it peak in the UK charts?

No 1

No 2

No 12

No 89

Celtic won the double in 1987-88, their centenary season. Which team did they beat in the 1988 Scottish Cup final? Clue: they beat the same team by the same score in the final three years earlier.



Dundee United


Arsenal pipped Liverpool to the league title in the 1988-89 season after a memorable victory at Anfield in the final match of the campaign. Which player – who was on the field that night – finished as the top scorer in the league that season?

John Aldridge

Ian Rush

Alan Smith

Paul Merson

Which two teams lost FA Cup semi-finals in the same season in the 1980s, but then contested the final 10 years later?

Manchester United and Everton

Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday

Nottingham Forest and Tottenham

Newcastle and Arsenal

Everton won their first and, so far, only European trophy in the 1980s, when they beat Rapid Vienna in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1985. Who scored the last goal in the final?

Graeme Sharp

Andy Gray

Trevor Steven

Kevin Sheedy

Which club – who were managed by Neil Warnock at the time – were promoted to the Fourth Division in 1987, becoming the first club to earn promotion by winning the Conference?

Boston United




Complete the sequence of these Wembley cup winners: Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Reading …


Nottingham Forest

Crystal Palace


Who was the only footballer to finish in the top three of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in the 1980s?

Paul Gascoigne

Gary Lineker

Kenny Dalglish

Ian Rush

Which team won the last edition of the Anglo-Scottish Cup in the 1980-81 season?




Notts County

QPR, Luton Town, Oldham Athletic and which other club played home matches on an artificial pitch during the 1980s?




Preston North End

2 and above.

Don’t worry. It was a long time ago

1 and above.

Don’t worry. It was a long time ago

3 and above.

Don’t worry. It was a long time ago

4 and above.

Don’t worry. It was a long time ago

5 and above.

Don’t worry. It was a long time ago

6 and above.

Nice work

7 and above.

A fine score

8 and above.

A fine score

9 and above.

A fine score

10 and above.

A superb score

11 and above.

A superb score

12 and above.

A superb score

13 and above.

A superb score

14 and above.

A superb score

0 and above.

Don’t worry. It was a long time ago

15 and above.


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