Re-Publishing historical football content digitally

Derek Dougan – a tribute on his 80th birthday

By on 18 January 2018

Yesterday on Facebook SoccerAttic marked the anniversary of the abolition of the professional footballers’ maximum wage in 1961 – an initiative championed by the then Chairman of the PFA, Jimmy Hill. Today we pay tribute to another former Chairman of the PFA who, but for his death in 2007 aged just 69, would have been celebrating his 80th birthday tomorrow – Derek Dougan.

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Beyond the Centrefold – Coventry 1964

By on 12 January 2018

A great result last weekend for Coventry City beating Stoke in the FA Cup. It might be a little premature to say that things might be on the up for the Sky Blues but they also find themselves third in League 2. As a result, SoccerAttic has chosen a bit of a Coventry theme this week. This team photo from Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, November 1964, shows the squad that won promotion from the old third division the previous season under the vision and leadership of Jimmy Hill. They would go on to win promotion to Division One in 1967. Hover or tap the face of each player for more information.

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Everton v West Brom – 1968 FA Cup Final

By on 5 January 2018

There is no doubting the FA Cup occupies a much reduced status in the modern game. Attempts by the media to over egg the so-called “magic of the FA Cup” serve only to highlight this fact. But, taking it for what it is – its history and tradition and the fact that it is a damn good knockout competition – at SoccerAttic, we can’t help but get excited when the Third Round comes along.

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I’m Dreaming of a Warm Christmas

By on 21 December 2017

In the January 1965 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly (published in the third week of December 1964) Roland Allen penned quite an endearing article telling some football-related Christmas tales from history. As SoccerAttic prepares to go on a Christmas break, we thought it would be appropriate to re-publish it here for your enjoyment.

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Happy Birthday Sir Geoff Hurst – England and West Ham Hero

By on 7 December 2017

A number of England’s 1966 World Cup squad have been beset by ill-health in recent times and at Soccer Attic we wish them well of course. At least West Ham and England legend Sir Geoff Hurst is healthy and celebrating his 76th birthday today. Happy Birthday Sir Geoff and let us to pay tribute to the man who is still the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

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1960s Football in Black & White

By on 30 November 2017

Pele punching, Bert Trautmann sent off, Bobby Moore prostrate in agony – just a few of the fascinating black and white images from the 1960s issues of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly that we are re-publishing for this weekend.

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1967-68 – A Season to Remember

By on 22 November 2017

For English football 1967-68 was a season to remember! The title race went right down to the wire with surprise winners Manchester City clinching the championship in their last game against Newcastle Utd and England had its first European Cup courtesy of Matt Busby’s Manchester Utd. And there was more as Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly was quick to acknowledge in this article from the July 1968 issue. Soccer Attic has republished the article below and, where we have appropriate team pictures from the magazine, you have the opportunity to buy mugs printed with some of the key teams of the era.

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When “Doubles” Were Unique

By on 16 November 2017

This Saturday Spurs go to Arsenal and, probably in many supporters’ minds, they are the favourites for the first time in years. Not that the Bookies agree! This week though, SoccerAttic looks back on two achievements that these two North-London rivals managed in the last century – the League and FA Cup double.

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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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