This was in spite of the FA's own rules and guidance that a football club should operate in its own connurbation
(although this had already been compromised several years earlier by allowing Wimbledon to ground-share with Crystal Palace).
For a century Glasgow had revelled under the title 'Second City', but its population was dropping, as slum clearance moved large numbers outside the connurbation
Birmingham - taking in the wider connurbation
- came 12th in the table with a GDP of pounds 36 billion, while Greater Manchester was two places behind at 14, with pounds 34 billion.
After all, Stratford, Worcester, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Lichfield et al hardly see themselves as part and parcel of the second-city connurbation
The Metro compares very well with Berlin's transport system but it is a fraction of what is needed for the West Midlands connurbation
to get anywhere near the equivalent Continental cities.
It is the nature of life in dense urban connurbations