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It happened in football – 40, 50 & 60 years ago

By on 9 January 2015

Anniversaries of 40, 50 and 60 years ago. Some interesting moments, including: the birth of the European Cup; a “fashionable” Andy Gray of Dundee United and the “Leatherhead Lip” (remember him?). Follow the links at the bottom of the post to download the Free apps for Shoot in the ’70s or Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly for the 1960s to be able to see many many more moments.

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Memories and Moments

By on 19 December 2014

Events this week in the modern game have once again thrown up some great memories of yesteryear.

With Celtic drawing Inter Milan in the Europa Cup we’ve included some material on the ‘Lisbon Lions’ of 1967 and with Yeovil earning a giant-killing opportunity against Manchester United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, memories of their 5th round tie with United from 1949 came to the fore.

The diving debate reared its head once again and the archive shows that it is not just a feature of the modern era nor is it confined to ‘foreigners’. It also gave us just cause to remember the late, great Emlyn Hughes, all be it by highlighting one of his few indiscretions! Last but not least, with the World Club Championship being played, Celtic’s volatile encounter with Racing of Argentina from 1967 shows the ‘Hoops’ gave as good as they got and Manchester United’s equally bruising meeting with Estudiantes from 1968 proved Alex Stepney could pack a punch.

If you’d like to give an original gift this Christmas you can now buy discount electronic back issue bundle of Charles Buchan from the 1960s or Shoot from the 1970s for the recipient to choose, download and read at their leisure. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post.

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More Memories and Anniversaries

By on 12 December 2014

We had one of our biggest responses to last week’s post, so we thought we’d carry on in the same vein this week.

One of the genuine joys of flicking through old Shoots and Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly (CBFM) is coming across players in their earlier years before going onto bigger stages. CBFM in particular covered both Amateur and non-league football with regular monthly features. Below Alex Stepney is highlighted at the start of his career with Tooting & Mitcham, along with the most noteworthy moment of his career.

Also memorable moments from Ron Davies’ Southampton career, the excitement of the FA Cup 3rd round draw with Blyth Spartans in 1978 and the moment when Wolves were hailed as the “World Champions” 60 years ago this weekend. The Wolves moment is particularly significant for British football, as it laid to rest (temporarily only – sadly) the trauma of the two recent thumpings (6-3 and 7-1) meted out to England by Hungary. Honved supplied many of the Hungary team, including star players Puskas and Kocsis, who had delivered England’s first defeat by a “foreign” team on English soil in 1953.

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Anniversaries and Memorable Moments

By on 5 December 2014

When delving into the football archives, certain memories and anniversaries are re-awakened. Over the last couple of weeks we have been re-visiting some memorable events from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

Here are a selection of real gems we have unearthed in the last couple of weeks. To enjoy more from the archives of Shoot in the ’70s and Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly click the link at the bottom of this post, scroll down and download the relevant app.

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100 Caps – Two Bobbies and One Billy

By on 14 November 2014

Wayne Rooney earns his 100th cap for England tomorrow night against Slovenia. There have been a few players to reach that milestone in recent years – Beckham, Cole, Lampard & Gerrard all within the last seven years. But it was not always thus.

Due to there being fewer teams, friendly matches and qualifying games, not to mention the intervention of two World Wars, it took 87 years before Billy Wright became the first centurian in 1959. It was a fairly understated event as can be seen in the report we found from Charles Buchan reproduced here. Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore became numbers two and three in 1970 and 1973 respectively. They were presented with silver salvers on the day though, again, considering they both played in a World Cup winning side, it was fairly low key by today’s standards.

Bobby Moore writes his own account of reaching 100 caps against Scotland at Hampden Park in 1973 in his column in Shoot Magazine and Bobby Charlton’s tribute was featured in Charles Buchan’s year book 1970-71. Click on the image and zoom in to read.

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1970s Goal of the Season

By on 7 November 2014

Goal of the season was picked from the Goal of the Months throughout the season and usually announced on FA Cup Final day during the then long build up before the game. We all tend to remember Goals of the Season chiefly because most matches were not televised in the 1970s so those goals that stood out, really did leave their mark.

Starting with the first ever one in 1971, Ernie Hunt, here are all of them from the 1970s with some pics. If that gives you a taste for all things ’70s football then you can download the free ‘Shoot in the ’70s’ app at the end of this post. The app includes the first edition of Shoot Magazine from 16th August 1969 completely free.

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Memories of ’79

By on 31 October 2014

Liverpool returned to Championship-winning ways, taking their fourth title in seven seasons, but it was Nottingham Forest who stole the headlines by winning their first European Cup – in the only final where two English managers faced each other – and by retaining the League Cup. Arsenal won the FA Cup in a final which only really came alive in the last 5 minutes, as Arsenal and Manchester United traded 3 goals in a dramatic finale.

In Scotland, Celtic also returned to Championship-winning ways, with Rangers settling for the two Cup competitions. However, Scottish debate was dominated by the aftermath of the 1978 World Cup fiasco.

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Memories of 1978

By on 24 October 2014

1978 was certainly Nottingham Forest’s year. They were the first team since Ipswich Town to become champions as a promoted club and completed the first Championship/League Cup double. It was the start of Forest’s most glorious period in its history and helped cement the legend of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.

In Scotland, having played second fiddle to Celtic from the mid-’60s to the early ’70s, Rangers completed a domestic treble. Download the “Shoot in the ’70s” app to view FREE pages and get the first-ever issue of Shoot from 1969 FREE.

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Why Didn’t England Win the World Cup?

By on 11 July 2014

England suffered a series of disappointing World Cup campaigns throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. At that time it was felt we only really had to show up to win the World Cup. How wrong we were. By the time England left for Mexico in 1970 with a squad that was largely billed as better than that which had been victorious in 1966, it was felt that the old world order had been restored. They were one of the hot favourites to lift the Jules Rimet once more.

Sadly, that confidence spilled over into a quarter final defeat to West Germany where England, having led 2-0, lost in extra time 2-3. And thus began 44 years of soul-searching and analysis into England’s failures at international tournaments. In Shoot Magazine, exactly 44 years ago to the day, 11th July 1970, three stars of the day were asked their opinions on why England had failed in Mexico and here’s what they said. Much of it still rings true today as England return home from another disappointment – all be it where expectations were significantly lower.

You can read more about Mexico 1970, including accounts from Bobby Moore himself, and view colour pictures from the tournament, by following the link below and downloading our FREE ‘Shoot in the ’70s’ app.

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