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Dundee United 1986-87 Shirt

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Dundee United 1986-87 Shirt

The Dundee United of the late 1980’s was a very decent side indeed, at a time when Scottish club sides could still go to top European venues and come away with wins. The 86 – 87 season would give the Tannadice fans reason to smile, however, ultimately, it was a season of near misses for The Terrors.  In my opinion, Jim McLean’s side were victims of their own success.  They contested nearly seventy matches that season, and as mentioned, they were to go close to lifting silverware, a case of close but no cigar.  The season before, they had finished...


Dundee FC 1985-1987 Home Shirt

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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...


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...


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...


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...


Dundee FC 1983-1985 Home Shirt

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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 1990 FA Cup Final Shirt

Manchester United 1990 FA Cup Final Shirt

The 1989 – 1990 season was quite an interesting one for United.  The pre-season of 1989 saw plenty of speculation in the press regarding the ownership of United. Apparently the then chairman Martin Edwards was looking to sell the club.  There had been takeover speculation surrounding the biggest club in the world before, notably involving Robert Maxwell, thankfully nothing came of that.  However as the 1980’s were coming to end another person decided to throw his hat in the ring, Michael Knighton.  There has been plenty that has been written about this episode in United’s history so I won’t go on...


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...


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...


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...


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...


The Dave Sexton Years 1977 - 1981

The Dave Sexton Years 1977 - 1981

To a certain extent, the summer of 1977 was a turbulent one for United. The May of that year saw United lift the FA Cup, denying Liverpool the treble. Nice end to the season, nice start to the close season. Shortly after the Wembley cup win, to the surprise of United fans everywhere, the club parted company with Tommy Docherty. The United board of directors called Tommy back from his Lake District holiday, for a meeting. On the 4th of July, American Independence Day, the board let their decision be known to the masses via a press statement, in which...


Nottingham Forest 1980-81

Nottingham Forest 1980-81

The club known as “The Tricky Trees” were first formed in 1865, therefore making them one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The founding of the club came about when a group of bandy players in Nottingham decided to form a football club; by the way Bandy is similar to hockey and is primarily played on ice. It was a venture first put forward by a gentleman by the name of J.S.Scrimshaw, the initial meeting took place at the Clifton Arms on Shakespeare Street, which is only a couple of miles or so north from where Forest’s stadium,...


Arsenal 1981 – 1982 Shirt

Arsenal 1981 – 1982 Shirt

The club we know today as Arsenal FC came into being in 1886.  The club was originally formed by the workers of the Royal Arsenal based in Woolwich on the south bank of the river Thames.  Their first name was Dial Square, not long after they changed their name to Royal Arsenal.  Dial Square was a reference to the workshops at the centre of the Woolwich site and in those days the boundary lines were a bit different, back then they were in the county of Kent, these days it’s south east London.  The main men back then who responsible...


Motherwell 1980-82

Motherwell 1980-82

The Scottish football club Motherwell were first formed in 1886 from the merger of two clubs which were Glencairn and Alpha FC. Glencairn were founded in 1877 and were named after Lord John Glencairn Carter Hamilton. Alpha were formed in 1881 by the employees of the George Russell Alpha Steam Crane and Engineering Works. The idea behind the merger was if the two teams could amalgamate then they could compete much better on a national level, rather than a regional one in Lanarkshire, it was an ambitious and bold move. The latter quarter of the 19th century saw a change...


West Germany Euro '88

West Germany Euro '88

Franz Beckenbauer had succeeded Jupp Derwall as the West German team manager in 1984. World Cup glory was almost achieved in 1986 in Mexico when the West Germans were narrowly beaten in the final by Argentina, the final score being 3 – 2. Close but no cigar for Beckenbauer’s men, they had to go again. Their next chance for tournament glory would be at the European Championship of 1988 and it would be West Germany who would be hosting the event. Therefore that meant that they wouldn’t have to go through a qualifying phase, so the West Germans organised a series...


Queens Park Rangers Home Shirt 1985-1986

Queens Park Rangers Home Shirt 1985-1986

Loftus Road Stadium. South Africa Road. London. W12 7PJ.  That's the address of Queen Park Rangers, the football club residing in Shepherds Bush in West London, situated about 4 miles north of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge and about 5 miles south of Wembley stadium.  QPR was founded in the late 19th century when the existing teams of St Judes and Christchurch Rangers merged in 1882.  One of the more interesting facts about the early days of QPR is that they established the record of having the most home grounds in British football history, playing their home fixtures at over twenty football...


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...


West Germany 1954 World Cup

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West Germany 1954 World Cup

The World Cup of 1954 took place in the central European country of Switzerland, home of FIFA. It was the 50th anniversary of the Federation of International Football Associations, originally founded in Paris during the May of 1904. Uruguay were in Switzerland as defending World Cup champions, it was the only second World Cup since the end of the war and FIFA made a big fuss with anniversary celebrations before and during the tournament. For qualification West Germany were drawn into FIFA Group One along with Norway and Saar. Saar was the national football team of Saarland, which today is...


Norman Whiteside. “Youngest” A Tribute.

Norman Whiteside. “Youngest” A Tribute.

It was the day after the St George’s Day of 1982, on Saturday April 24th that a Northern Irish teenager by the name of Norman Whiteside made his full team debut for Ron Atkinson’s Manchester United. Norman was still to turn 17 years of age, yet he would go on to break records, win silverware, become a genuine United legend and for many years now has been one of the most loved and respected figures associated with Manchester United and Irish football. During that game away to the Seagulls, in front of just under 21,000 fans, Norman came on for...


West Ham United 1980

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West Ham United 1980

The West Ham United side of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s included some of the best ever players to play for the club in the modern era.  Phil Parkes was in goal, a recent buy from Queen Park Rangers.  Also in the team was Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds, two Greats of West Ham United.  Stuart Pearson was another recent addition to the side, brought in from Manchester United, United fans will tell you letting Pearson go was a mistake made by United manager Dave Sexton.  Also in that West Ham side was Frank Lampard and Alvin Martin.   Back then they were managed...


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...


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...


Liverpool 1986 Double Winners

Liverpool 1986 Double Winners

Approaching his mid-thirties, Liverpool favourite Kenny Dalglish became the club's player-manager, taking over the managerial reins from Joe Fagan. Fagan was already a part of the furniture at Anfield when he became assistant manager to Bob Paisley in 1974 after Bill Shankly retired. Fagan had been at Liverpool since the late 1950’s working as the reserve team coach.  When Paisley retired in 1983, the manager’s job was Fagan’s.  Fagan wasn’t in the Liverpool manager’s hot seat for that long but he brought a clutch of silverware to the Anfield club, winning the First Division title, the League Cup and the...


West Ham United 1983-84 Home Shirt

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West Ham United 1983-84 Home Shirt

The 83 – 84 season was West Ham’s third straight season in Division One since their return to top flight football during the 80 – 81 season.  As The Hammers headed into the 83 – 84 season, they had recently tasted domestic success to somewhat varying degrees in both the FA Cup and League Cup. John Lyall was their long serving manager, a Hammers man through and through, who would bring silverware and European football to east London, he proved to be an excellent servant to West Ham United.  He joined the club back in 1955 aged 15, doing various jobs...


West Germany World Cup 1986

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West Germany World Cup 1986

Franz Beckenbauer is one of the truly great names of European and world football, everywhere his career took him he picked up winners medals of many kinds.  When he eventually retired from the pitch he went into management, becoming the national team manager of his home country in 1984, his tenure as the West German national team coach would culminate in the lifting of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.  As a player he made his international debut for West Germany in 1965 during a qualifying match for the world cup of 1966.  The match was a Group 2 game against...


Wales 1980-83 Home Shirt

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Wales 1980-83 Home Shirt

As every Welsh football fan will tell you, this is the shirt Wales wore when they so very narrowly failed to qualify for the world cup of 1982, more on that later.  Not only that but every Welsh fan will tell you this is the shirt they wore when they beat England at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham to the tune of 4 – 1 in the British Home Championship in the May of 1980.  For their qualifying games leading up to Spain 82, the Welsh were hoping for a much better showing than their previous world cup qualifying efforts. ...


The Tommy Docherty Years 1972 – 1977

The Tommy Docherty Years 1972 – 1977

The early 1970’s wasn’t a particular successful time for United.  Only a couple of years or so after United’s European Cup victory over Benfica at Wembley, United were on a bit of a downward spiral.  Certain players were coming to the end of their careers and others were having problems outside of football.  During the close season of 1969, Sir Matt, after 24 years in the job, decided to call it a day as manager of Manchester United and in came the then reserve team manager, Wilf McGuinness, the former United midfielder and still the only Mancunian to have managed...


United’s First Flying Dutchman - Arnold Muhren

United’s First Flying Dutchman - Arnold Muhren

Arnold Muhren arrived at United in the August of ’82, he was already a regular in the Dutch national team, an experienced and well respected midfielder who had won major silverware.  He was born Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Muhren, in Volendam, northern Netherlands in 1951.  Indeed, it was for his home town, a place known for its fishing and tradition of cloth weaving that Arnold began his playing career, at F.C. Volendam in 1970. Arnold was only at Volendam a year before he moved to the academy of Ajax Amsterdam.  It was a fantastic move for the young Dutchman, fantastic for his...


Glasgow Rangers 1985 – 87 Home Shirt

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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...


Bryan Robson, The Original Captain Marvel. A Tribute

Bryan Robson, The Original Captain Marvel. A Tribute

“This Sheffield United right back was kicking me in one game, giving me a few verbals and it affected me a bit.  I said to Robbo “That right back’s just said he’s going to break my legs”, Robbo said to me “Did he?  You come and play midfield, I’m going to play left wing for ten minutes”.  We swapped positions.  Robbo soon came back and said “Aye, you’re alright now, go back over.”  Problem solved!”.  Ryan Giggs. “With this player you’re not taking a gamble, what you’re buying is pure gold”.  Ron Atkinson. Humble Beginnings Just two of the many quotes...


Dundee United 1988 – 1989 Shirt

Dundee United 1988 – 1989 Shirt

As the 1980’s were coming to an end, Dundee United fans could look back on the last few years and agree they had enjoyed a very successful decade indeed.  Jim McLean’s side had started the ‘80’s with two Scottish League Cup wins on the bounce, first lifting the cup after a 3 – 0 replay victory against Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen in 1980 and then again a year later against city neighbours Dundee winning by the same score, that final played at Dens Park, home of Dundee.  That season of 80 – 81 Dundee United had also reached the final of...


Soviet Union 1986 World Cup Shirt

Soviet Union 1986 World Cup Shirt

The Soviet Union national team manager for the world cup of 1986 was Valeriy Lobanovskyi, a much respected name in eastern European football.  He began his playing career at Dynamo Kiev in 1957, winning silverware of various types; he was at the Ukrainian club for seven years until he moved to Chornomorets Odessa on the Black Sea in 1964.  He was only at Odessa for a season before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk, again only spending a short while at that club.  He hung his boots up aged 29.  Lobanovskyi was one of those people who only came to true prominence...


Manchester United 1983 FA Cup Winners Shirt

Manchester United 1983 FA Cup Winners Shirt

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...


Hibernian 1987 - 88 Away Shirt

Hibernian 1987 - 88 Away Shirt

Hibernian Football Club is one of Scotland’s most famous football teams.  They are an Edinburgh team, formed way back in 1875; the only other club in the Scottish capital is Hearts, or Heart of Midlothian to give them their full name.  From about half way through the middle of the 19th century many Irish people made for Scotland in an effort to make a better life for themselves and their families following the Irish potato famine, not surprisingly a number of those Irish immigrants made their way to Edinburgh.  Large parts of Britain in those days were dominated by the...


DDR East Germany 1986-88 Shirt

DDR East Germany 1986-88 Shirt

The late 1980’s was a time when the wheels were beginning to come off for Margaret Thatcher’s position of Prime Minster, despite her recent election victory.  It was a time when the BBC Radio One playlist was full of rubbish and it the world said a final goodbye to Andy Warhol and Liberace.  It was also a time when there were calls for the sacking of Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.  It was also a time when the East German national team was coming to the end of its playing days. For those people that can remember, they will tell you...


Glasgow Celtic 1982 – 1984 Shirt

Glasgow Celtic 1982 – 1984 Shirt

Glasgow Celtic were formed in 1887, they would go on to be one of the biggest names and best supported teams in world football.  The name Brother Walfrid is very significant to the story of the formation of Glasgow Celtic.  Walfrid was a Roman Catholic Marist Brother, the Marists an organization of Catholic Brothers, an order founded in 1817.  Walfrid was born in County Sligo in 1840; he arrived in Scotland in the 1870’s where he embarked on a career of teaching as well as continuing his work for the Catholic Church.  Celtic were born out of Walfrid’s efforts to...


Republic of Ireland Euro '88 Shirt

Republic of Ireland Euro '88 Shirt

The first finals of the European Championships took place in 1960, however the call for a Europe wide national football tournament was first made back in 1927 by French football administrator Henri Delaunay. Delaunay was a former footballer, taking to the pitch for the short lived Paris side Étoile des Deux Lacs, after he hung his boots up he went into refereeing. Unfortunately for Delaunay, his refereeing career would come to a painful halt after he swallowed his whistle after being hit on the head by the ball during a game between ES Benevolence and AF Garenne-Doves. Not long after...


Manchester United 72 – 74 3rd Choice Shirt

Manchester United 72 – 74 3rd Choice Shirt

Four years on from that fantastic night at Wembley in ‘68 when they lifted the European Cup, Manchester United were on a bit of a downward spiral, on the pitch anyway. Sir Matt had retired from management having had to come back once to steady the ship. In the June of 1971, in came Frank O’ Farrell from Leicester City. In Franks first season as team boss, they finished 8th in Division One, the same place they had finished the previous season under Wilf McGuinness. Many of the legendary United players from that illustrious 1960’s period were coming to the...


The Shirts of Manchester United

The Shirts of Manchester United

Serious football fans, no matter which team they support, love their shirts. Their team’s home shirt, the away shirt, the 3rd choice shirt and everything in between. They love to talk kit, whether it be the new one, the old one, the favourite one and that one that everyone thought was crap. Every team under the sun has those shirts. What a team wears on the pitch has always been important to people, United fans are no different. The Old Trafford club has quite a history of special shirts revered by the fans that were worn on those special moments...


Denmark 1984 Shirt

Denmark 1984 Shirt

From its beginnings in the early part of the 20th century, the national football team of Denmark has a very interesting story, it’s also a football nation with its fair share of great players its history.  The birth of the Danish national side occurred within the realms of amateur football.  I suppose it was quite a hindrance for those in Denmark who wanted the introduction of a professional league, like many countries in Europe were doing at the time.  However, the Dansk Boldspil Union now based in the city of Brøndby, (the Danish football association, which was set up in...


Fergie in Boots. The Playing Career of Sir Alex Ferguson

Fergie in Boots. The Playing Career of Sir Alex Ferguson

So where did it all begin for Alexander Chapman Ferguson, the greatest manager in the history of world football?  It started in Glasgow, Fergusons home city, at amateur level for Scotland’s oldest Football club The Spiders, otherwise known as Queens Park Football Club. Sir Alex made his debut aged only 16.  Even though he only played around 30 games for them, he scored regularly for Queens Park, even scoring on his debut in a Scottish Division 2 match on the 15th November 1958 in a 2 – 1 defeat to Stranraer. At the time Sir Alex was an apprentice toolmaker at...


Manchester United 1975-76 Away Shirt

Manchester United 1975-76 Away Shirt

For the 75 – 76 season United's new kit supplier Admiral, introduced the iconic white away shirt, the one with the vertical black lines. It was a shirt that would land Admiral in hot water to an extent, a handbags at dawn incident with another sportswear manufacturer that would only go to increase the interest in the shirt, more on that later. It’s a shirt that many United fans see as the clubs best ever away top, their favourite all time away shirt, it certainly is mine although the first black United shirt of the ‘90’s comes a very close...


The Football League v The Rest of the World 1987

The Football League v The Rest of the World 1987

The football league of England and Wales was founded in 1888, making it the oldest league competition in the world; also it was the blueprint that other countries used to form their own leagues.  The governing body that oversees the league and two cup competitions, the League Cup and the Football League Trophy has the name of The Football League.  The name William McGregor is a very important one in the history of the Football League.  McGregor was born in Braco, Perth and Kinross in 1846.  He moved south of the border to Birmingham to work in the textile industry. ...


Manchester United 1993-94

Manchester United 1993-94

Ryan Giggs' summary of Sir Alex Ferguson's first great Manchester United side could not have been better:  "We'd football you to death, we'd fight you to death," he said. "It didn't really matter to us, we'd beat you." The formidable strength of the team has become their defining characteristic. Few would argue with that - and certainly not to their face - but it does sometimes obscure a level of magnificent, high-octane football that was unprecedented in English football. They had everything: pace, power, passing, counter-attacking, individual brilliance, swagger - and an almighty temper. They did not just earn the...


Luton Town 1982 - 1983 Home Shirt

Luton Town 1982 - 1983 Home Shirt

Luton Town Football Club came into being in 1885.  As the more reliable sources say, the Bedfordshire club was formed after a meeting between Excelsior and Wanderers.  As the story goes, a disagreement/argument broke out between the two parties.  Those present at the meeting representing Wanderers claimed, they had in fact been using the "Luton Town" moniker already for quite some time. Apparently, that claim was "thrown out" and the meeting resulted in Luton Town Football Club being founded during the April of 1885, first playing their home games at Excelsior's Dallow Lane ground, a ground with a 7,000 capacity.  In...


Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup Away Shirt

Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup Away Shirt

The memory of the British football fan, who is relentlessly exposed to the England-focused football media is forever shaped by two World Cups:1966 and 1990, the most successful for the England team. The tournaments between those two endlessly-memorialised tournaments are therefore reduced to snapshots of memory, being far more distantly recalled. 1970 was the World Cup of Pelé, of that save by Gordon Banks, of technicolour Brazilian football perfection. 1986, also in Mexico, was the World Cup of Bobby Robson’s Lineker-inspired England, of Maradona’s brilliance and deviousness putting them out in the quarter-finals, and of Scotland’s frustration at the hands...


Manchester United 1983 Charity Shield

Manchester United 1983 Charity Shield

The Charity Shield, or the Community Shield as it is known today, came into being in 1908. Oddly enough it came about following a disagreement between the amateur clubs of England and the Football Association.  The Shield itself evolved from the Sheriff of London Charity Shield which itself came into being at the end of the 19th century.  It was the idea of Thomas Dewar, the first Baron Dewar who was a Scottish whisky distiller. The monies generated from the fixture were given to charities and hospitals; obviously the aim of the Shield was to benefit the needy.  The first Shield...


Manchester United 1984 - 86 Shirts

Manchester United 1984 - 86 Shirts

For the beginning of the 84 – 85 season. Adidas supplied United with a sharp, (pun not intended!), new kit. A well thought out neat design. The red home shirt consisted of the club badge in the centre with the name of the shirt sponsor, Sharp, just underneath the badge.  The Adidas logo would be on both sleeves, facing out.  Around the shoulders a white band, adding to the interesting design.  There was the odd subtle change to the kit here and there.  Throughout the season United would experiment with different coloured shorts and socks for home games, sometimes white...


Scotland 1982 World Cup Home Shirt

Scotland 1982 World Cup Home Shirt

Jock Stein’s Scotland qualified for the world cup of Spain‘82 after finishing top of their qualification group, Northern Ireland finished second to Scotland, so Billy Bingham’s men would be joining Scotland in Spain. Scotland sailed through their world cup qualification, only losing once in their last game to Portugal. That 2 – 1 defeat in Lisbon was purely academic. After the 2-0 defeat the Scottish inflicted upon the Portuguese a few weeks before in Glasgow, Scotland was going to finish up topping the group. So Scotland were on their way to Spain with runners up Northern Ireland. Sweden, Israel and...


Biggest Winning Margin In A Premiership Match? Easy One That

Biggest Winning Margin In A Premiership Match? Easy One That

And it is as well, but let's study the evidence.  In ’97 Blackburn beat Sheffield Wednesday 7 – 2.  In 2000 Spurs beat Southampton by the same score; 6 years ago they beat Wigan 9 – 1.  Not that long ago Arsenal put 7 past Newcastle.  Yes, United have been on the wrong end, we’re all aware of that.  Since we’re on the subject we have to give our next door neighbour Bertie a special mention, only 7 years ago Middlesbrough battered them 8 – 1.  There’s been quite a few high scoring wins in the Premiership.  United are well...


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...


Arsenal 1982 – 1984 Shirt

Arsenal 1982 – 1984 Shirt

In 1977 Arsenal began wearing the branded Umbro shirt, a design seen now as a classic of football shirt design.  At some point in their history, many clubs have worn the diamond shaped logo of Umbro, a sportswear company founded in Wilmslow, just outside Manchester.  The Arsenal shirt of the early 80’s was emblazoned with the name its shirt supplier JVC, the Japanese electronic equipment manufacturer.  The home shirt was a simple but neat red and white design, the body of the shirt was red, the sleeves white with red cuffs.  The shorts for the home kit were white, the...


Liverpool 1993 – 95 Home Shirt

Liverpool 1993 – 95 Home Shirt

Despite a recent First Division title win and tasting FA Cup glory, the early 1990’s weren’t a good time for Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool fan or not, the very recent Hillsborough tragedy was very much on the minds of people of Britain back then. Liverpool fans, the people of Liverpool and the countless supporters everywhere would have to wait years before seeing any kind of truth to come out of the tragedy, even now twenty six years on we’ve seen recent legal goings on in the courts regarding Hillsborough. During those dark days whilst the players and manager of Liverpool...


PSV Eindhoven 1988 European Cup Final Shirt

PSV Eindhoven 1988 European Cup Final Shirt

PSV Eindhoven of Holland are easily one of Europe's elite clubs.  They are a club with heritage, tradition and an impressive roster of past world class players.  The city of Eindhoven is situated in the south of the Netherlands, in the province known as North Brabant.  The history of the city stretches back to the 13th century, when it was first granted city status by Duke Henry of Brabant.  The name Eindhoven derives from two Dutch words, Eind, meaning last, or end and Hoeve, meaning an area of land said to be around fourteen hectares.  During the 19th century Eindhoven,...


AS Roma 1991 - 1992 Home Shirt

AS Roma 1991 - 1992 Home Shirt

AS Roma, one of the two major football clubs of the Italian capital, were founded in the July of 1927, in fact the history books give us the exact date, the 22nd of July.  Of course the other major football club in Rome is Società Sportiva Lazio, more commonly known as Lazio.  AS Roma were founded by Celestino Italo Foschi.  Foschi was a former soldier and a supporter of fascism during the early part of the twentieth century, despite his obvious faults he was heavily into sport.  In the early 1920’s he had a hand in the formation of ASD...


United v Saint Étienne, A Brief but Interesting History.

United v Saint Étienne, A Brief but Interesting History.

1977 The summer of 1977 saw The Red Devils install a new manager for the third time in seven years. In came Dave Sexton replacing Tommy Docherty, the reasons for The Docs dismissal well documented. During his four and a bit years at Old Trafford Docherty had succeeded in turning United back into a force again, at least as far as Division One was concerned anyway. Under The Doc United were once again an attacking minded side that played with flair and style. Young and highly thought off players were brought into the side by Docherty, players such as Stuart...


Glasgow Rangers 1987 – 1991

Glasgow Rangers 1987 – 1991

As far their domestic football was concerned the mid to late 1980’s would see Glasgow Rangers return to prominence in the Scottish game, the end of the 1986 – 1987 season saw Rangers reclaim the Scottish title after nine barren titleless years. At the end of a forty four game domestic league campaign in which Ally McCoist was the clubs top scorer with thirty four goals, Graeme Souness’s side brought the Scottish Premier Division trophy back to Ibrox.  It was an impressive first season for Souness in the Ibrox hot seat, he had been in the job for little over...


Norwich City 1982 – 1983 Home Shirt

Norwich City 1982 – 1983 Home Shirt

The Canaries regained their First Division status for the second time in eight years at the end of the 1981 – 1982 season when they finished third in the old Division Two behind champions Luton Town and runners up Watford.  Team manager Ken Brown hadn’t been in the job long; he had taken over from John Bond late in 1980 when Bond agreed to go and manage Manchester City.  Norwich have never had a particular great trophy winning record, however the Canaries were chirping loudly in 1985 when Ken Brown lead his side to League Cup glory courtesy of a...


The Netherlands UEFA European Championship 1988 Shirt

The Netherlands UEFA European Championship 1988 Shirt

The UEFA European Championship of 1988 hosted by West Germany was the 8th time the tournament had been staged.  The tournament was first held in 1960 and was won by France who defeated the Soviet Union in the final.  As the years went on the tournament would evolve, an increased number of teams taking part meant the tournament could take on a more recognizable format for knockout tournament football.  By the time the 1988 tournament arrived it already featured a host nation with the competing teams being drawn into groups with a knockout phase before the final.  Sounds kind of...


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...


Manchester United 1993-95 Away Shirt

Manchester United 1993-95 Away Shirt

There is a natural divide when asking supporters to name their favourite shirt but ask any Manchester United supporter which is the coolest their club have ever had and you’re likely to get a unanimous decision. Sure, depending on your era, you may have a particular fondness for the late 70’s white Admiral effort with the black stripes, but even supporters from the Doherty era go misty-eyed at the strip that is surely the creme de la creme. I’m talking, of course, about the 1993-1995 all black, “Sharp Viewcam” effort. Reference it and one image comes to mind; Eric Cantona,...


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...


 

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