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Manchester United 1983 FA Cup Final

Manchester United 1983 FA Cup Final

United have a long and interesting history of football kits that the club have used sparingly, a few used only the one time for a testimonial game or a cup final. I’m talking about those kits where there has been a visible but subtle difference to the kit, usually on the shirt. I can’t be 100% certain but as far as my research can tell me the first time this happened in United’s history was in 1903, as a show of respect by the club following the passing of Alex Bell’s father. Bell was a Scottish wing half for United...


Big Ron

Big Ron

From the late ‘70’s to well into the ‘90’s, Ron Atkinson was British football's King of Bling.  With hair neatly combed, tie done up to the collar, accessories of gold bracelets and ring, and the odd lay down on the sun bed, he certainly stood out.  Indeed, his love of the flash and bling earnt him the nickname of Mr Bojangles. He was born in Liverpool in 1939, and is the only scouser to manage Manchester United.  Ron’s been a bit of a one-off in many ways.  He once recorded an album, singing the songs of Frank Sinatra. Unfortunately for...


Manchester United 1980 – 1981

Manchester United 1980 – 1981

The late 70’s and early 80’s saw the first twelve months in power of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom, a regime that many millions would come to regret and to look back upon with disdain.  It was also when the writing was on the wall for Dave Sexton, sat in the managerial hot seat at Old Trafford. Although Dave Sexton was a very good coach (his time with Chelsea and England being testament to that), he wasn’t really what United wanted in a manager, at that time anyway.  The 1980 – 1981 season would be Dave Sexton’s swan song...


Glasgow Rangers 1985 – 87 Home Shirt

Glasgow Rangers 1985 – 87 Home Shirt

Glasgow Rangers are one of those clubs that attract many different types of views and comments, not surprisingly many quite extreme but whatever you think of Rangers, you have to take your hat off to them for what they have achieved since they’ve been going. They were formed in 1872 by a group of men who were in fact rowing enthusiasts. William McBeath, Peter Campbell, Moses and Peter McNeil were those individuals; David Hill would soon join them in the founding of the Glasgow giants. It’s said it was Moses McNeil who actually came up with the name “Rangers”. As...


Dundee FC 1985-1987 Home Shirt

Dundee FC 1985-1987 Home Shirt

Dundee have had some notably great kits.  The admiral 76-80, the 1961/62 Championship winning Umbro kit, the Sampdoria stripe Asics 1992/93 kit but the 85-87 Umbro kit is a classic for many reasons.  It’s a great looking classic but it was used for many great games and victories.  Everyone knows Albert Kidd stopping Hearts from winning the League game but I remember it for a few less talked about matches.  First up, the 1985 Forfarshire Cup Final at Tannadice.  30th November, a particularly freezing day.  That cold, a Dundee United ball boy was carried from the pitchside with likely hypothermia.  Goals...


Manchester United 1983 - 1984

Manchester United 1983 - 1984

As the 1983 – 1984 football season began English clubs were still dominating Europe and the best players at the top clubs were British. There weren’t many foreign players knocking about in those days. Big Ron Atkinson’s Manchester United were a very entertaining team to watch that was filled with players that are seen today as United Greats. The late great Ray Wilkins, Big Norman Whiteside, Frank Stapleton, Kevin Moran and the original Captain Marvel himself Bryan Robson were all stalwarts of that early 80’s United side. United’s summer of 1983 was one to remember as they comfortably beat Liverpool...


Aberdeen 1986 Scottish FA Cup Final Shirt

Aberdeen 1986 Scottish FA Cup Final Shirt

The story of the Aberdeen of the 1980's is an interesting one to say the least, it's also a story laden with silverware and European glory during a time when British clubs undoubtedly ruled the roost in European competition. In many ways the central figure in this story is Sir Alex Ferguson, however the team spirit of the team coupled with the fact that Scottish footballers were among the best in Europe also had much of a say in matters. The first incarnation of Aberdeen Football Club occurred in 1881, history tells us their very first game was against a...


Manchester United 1991 European Cup Winners Cup

Manchester United 1991 European Cup Winners Cup

The Manchester United of the early 1990’s was a team that was beginning to take the shape of a truly great side.  Alex Ferguson had only been in charge for about four years or so.  His first three years or so in the United hot seat had been full of disappointing performances on the pitch which culminated in calls for his sacking from both large sections of short sighted fans and quite a few idiots in the press who were only too pleased to have a go at The Red Devils.  When Ferguson arrived at United late in 1986 he...


Dundee United 1979 Scottish League Cup Winners Shirt

Dundee United 1979 Scottish League Cup Winners Shirt

There’s been a football team in the Scottish city of Dundee since the 1870’s, back in those days two teams came into being at pretty much the same time in 1877, Dundee Our Boys and Dundee East End. Dundee was one of the first British cities to really embrace the game of football. Let’s have a quick whizz through this very interesting time in the city of Dundee’s history. Those two clubs would go on to join forces to become Dundee FC, United’s Dundee neighbours. A couple of years later, Dundee Harp came into being founded in 1879. The Harps...


United in Blue 1986-88

United in Blue 1986-88

The Red Devils of Manchester United have used a blue shirt for many a decade. The first time United wore a blue shirt as second choice apparel was in 1906. Obviously United are THE team that everyone relates to as the team in red but that blue shirt of Old Trafford has been part of the furniture for generations.  United won its first European Cup in a blue shirt and since those memorable days of the late 1960s the blue shirt has seen many a design change, and a number of shirt sponsors come and go.  Today in 2016 we see football...


Dundee FC 1983-1985 Home Shirt

Dundee FC 1983-1985 Home Shirt

The 83/85 Dundee FC Umbro shirt, the first of the silky kind the club had and it didn’t take long for cult status. We hadn’t beat Dundee United since the 1979/80 season, a 1-0 victory with Eric Sinky Sinclair notching the winner. The 5th November 1983 will live long in the memory as the fireworks were at Tannadice with a 1-0 win with Peter Mackie scoring the famous goal. A result that helped in stopping that United team winning the League for a second year. It wouldn’t be until the following season we would see another derby victory and what...


Manchester United and the FA Youth Cup

Manchester United and the FA Youth Cup

As everyone knows United have such a rich history of youth football. It’s something that the club has prided itself upon, a long standing cornerstone of the Old Trafford club. Over time United’s reputation as a centre of youth footballing excellence became the envy of other football clubs around the world. Players such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Eddie Colman, George Best, David Beckham and Gary Neville have all featured for United in the FA Youth Cup. With that in mind it’s no surprise to learn that United have become the most successful club in the history...


Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup

Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup

Northern Ireland qualified for the world cup of 1982 by finishing runners up to Scotland in the UEFA qualifying Group 6.  It began with a 0 – 0 draw away to Israel (who were then managed by Salford native Jack Mansell), in the late March of 1980.  They were managed by Billy Bingham who had just been installed as the national team boss of Northern Ireland, Billy had little time to get comfortable in the managers hot seat before he was off to Israel with his Northern Ireland team.  It was Bingham’s second time in charge of his home country’s...


My International Top 10 Football Shirts

My International Top 10 Football Shirts

Go back a decade or four or even further, it’s easy to see that football is choc – a – bloc with eye catching kits.  Let’s be honest there’s been a few disasters when it comes to football kit designs but this article is all about my own favourite international kits in my own fanboy career as it were.  I’m going to approach it in Top of the Pops style in reverse order, think Sunday evenings listening to the charts on Radio 1 and you’ll get the idea.  10. East Germany Away 1988 The blue away shirt of East Germany...


Manchester United 1980-82 Away Shirt

Manchester United 1980-82 Away Shirt

As far the United board of directors were concerned, four seasons under Dave Sexton was enough, in came Big Ron Atkinson and for a time at least United certainly played a pretty tune. Despite an FA Cup final appearance in ’79 and finishing as runners up at the end of the 1979 – 1980 season, the board thought a change in management would be wise. They weren’t wrong, United’s football under Sexton wasn’t good, one thing I remember is that the team became draw specialists. However, one positive that came out of Sextons time at United was the signing of...


The Michael Knighton Fiasco

The Michael Knighton Fiasco

It was Saturday 19th August 1989, when Michael Knighton ran onto the Old Trafford turf in training top, shorts and boots. It was the opening day of the 1989/90 season and we were at home to new champions Arsenal. Knighton then proceeded to run towards the Stretford End surrounded by photographers, whilst attempting keepy uppy with a ball. In those days, Old Trafford had yet to undergo any major refurbishment of what we know today, I was in my usual place in the Stretford End, right in the middle of the red fence above the tunnel. When he kicked the...


United In Blue 1981 – 1982

United In Blue 1981 – 1982

Big Ron arrived during the summer of 1981 to take charge of United, replacing Dave Sexton as first team manager. Sexton’s United had finished in 8th place the season before in the old Division One, yet despite winning their last seven games of the season it just wasn’t good enough for a club like United and the United board of Directors saw Atkinson as just the man to take United forward in the right direction. Atkinson was new chairman Martin Edward’s first appointment, Edward’s father Louis had passed away leaving his son to take the chairman’s seat. United fans were...


Bayern Munich 1984 – 1986

Bayern Munich 1984 – 1986

Bayern Munich is one of those clubs that needs no introduction, it is after all one of the world’s biggest clubs, recipient of many trophies and titles. The club was formed in 1900 by a group of footballers who wanted to go their own way, away from Münchner TurnVerein 1879, a Munich sports club dominated by gymnastics. Many German clubs were founded in similar circumstances, breaking away from Sports Clubs that were dominated by other sports. The enthusiasm for football in West and East Germany was a slow burner to be honest. Germany’s first ever football team was a club by...


United - The Birth of a Legend

United - The Birth of a Legend

Before the Industrial Revolution Newton Heath, a 10 minute drive up Oldham Road from Manchester city centre, was primarily a farming community. The name “Newton Heath” means a new town on the heath; the heath in this case went from Miles Platting to Failsworth. At that time Manchester was largely an insignificant Lancashire town. However, by the start of the 19th century Manchester was growing at an impressive rate, the Industrial Revolution had begun. Out went the farm and in came the factory and the engineering workshop. With the vision and money of industrialists such as Richard Arkwright and Belfast...


Glasgow Celtic 1980

Glasgow Celtic 1980

The period between the late 1970’s and early 1980’s was one of the most memorable for Celtic.  It was indeed a great time for both Glasgow giants, they were dominating Scottish football, the old Firm Derby was one of the biggest fixtures in the world and it was a time when Scottish players were amongst the best in the world.  Indeed many world class Scottish players were plying their trade for the biggest clubs around.  The home international tournament was still going and as the 1970’s were coming to a close the memory of all those Scottish fans running amok...


 

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