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England’s World Cup Play-Off 1958

By on 10 November 2017

The history of England’s World Cup pasts are illustrated and covered in our book 1966: The Road to Wembley – England’s journey to World Cup glory through the pages of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly between 1951 – 1966. With the World Cup play-offs under way, we are going back in time to the 1958 World Cup to re-visit a “play-off” game involving England against the Soviet Union. This and other gems of England’s history are covered in more detail in the book along with many many fine pictures from the time.

Because several of the World Cup winning squad are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, we are donating £5 for every sale of the book to the Alzheimer’s Society. So get a great Xmas stocking filler as well as supporting the fight against dementia!

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Meet the 1957-58 Liverpool Team

By on 19 October 2017

Hard to imagine a time when Liverpool were a 2nd Division outfit but in the 1950s/early 60s they spent eight consecutive seasons in the English second tier. This picture was published in the December 1957 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly and features some very well known club legends such as Billy Liddell and Ronnie Moran.

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Tomorrow’s Fixtures – Classic Matches from Yesteryear

By on 13 October 2017

Tomorrow’s fixtures include two hotly contested derbies – Liverpool v Manchester United and Wolves v Aston Villa and less notable Manchester City v Stoke City. We’ve picked these three fixtures out because they have produced some classic encounters from days gone by. SoccerAttic has selected three here with action from the games, pics of some of the scorers and reports from the Sunday papers the following day.

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Manchester United 1955-56 – The Busby Babes

By on 21 September 2017

This picture taken from the February 1957 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly shows, we believe, the Manchester United starting XI against Aston Villa played on 15th October 1955. The game ended in a 4-4 draw, with David Pegg scoring two and Jackie Blanchflower and Colin Webster chipping in the others.

Of this XI, four were to die in the February 1958 Munich air crash; two missed the flight due to injury/illness; four were survivors – but two, Blanchflower and Berry, were never to play again; another one, Whitefoot, was transferred in 1957. Missing from the picture – assume due to injury was the late, great Duncan Edwards.

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Blackpool 1950s – The Golden Era

By on 31 August 2017

Most teams have their golden eras and for Blackpool it was undoubtedly the 1950s. They would then have been considered one of the top English sides having achieved four top-six finishes in the decade and made two FA Cup finals – one of them the famous “Matthews Final” where they came from 3-1 behind to beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in 1953 . This team pictured in Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, April 1956, finished runners-up to Manchester Utd in Division One in 1956 – the club’s highest ever finish in the top flight.

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Beyond the Centrefold – An England XI 1959

By on 4 August 2017

Some England players become household names. Some make just a few appearances for the Three Lions before their international careers are confined to the history books, a fact well illustrated in this centre spread from Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, February 1960.

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