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‘Goal Crazy’ by Rod Argent

‘The Match’ theme (ITV 1988-1992)

1989-05-26TheMatchNow Rod is an interesting fella. He has many credits, not least playing keyboards on The Who’s album ‘Who Are You’, and in 1972 formed a band called ‘Argent’ who recorded the original version of ‘God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You’ long before Petra and KISS made it famous.

Somehow he found himself writing football TV themes for ITV, and after successfully masterminding their World Cup theme for 1986 (under the guise ‘Silsoe’) he then came up with this for ITV’s new Sunday afternoon live coverage called ‘The Match’.

You only have to suffer 2 minutes of Adrian Chiles introducing ITV’s football coverage nowadays before you find yourself asking the question; ‘Whatever happened to Elton Welsby..???’


The Big Match – Theme from 1974 – 19801984-04-01TheBigMatch_zpse068db08

A true classic; Remember getting comfy in your seat as Brian Moore was about to share his tremendous enthusiasm for the game with you? Muddy pitches, bad haircuts, forthright opinion – it was all coming your way – and you loved it!



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ITV’s World Cup Mexico ’86 Theme Tune

This is one where ITV hit the spot, so popular was this tune that it was used for various other shows many years after Mexico ‘86, most notably ‘Saint and Greavsie.’

ITV went with the same Aztec-oriented style that the BBC embraced but with a modern twist, something they always tried to do. It was a brighter and more melodic number than it’s BBC rival could produce, so much so the song was eventually released as a single which reached number 48 in the UK charts.


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BBC World Cup ’86 Theme Tune

The BBC are the Daddies when it comes to sporting themes, they’ve been kicking ITVs butt in this department for decades.

You can almost feel the uber-confidence exuding from their TV Theme Department (where else does the licence fee go..?) as you listen to this epic anthem. An extravagant, rousing piece with traditional Mexican instruments, this one by Paul Hart and Helmut Zacharias for the 1986 World Cup was a fine effort by anyone’s standards.

The problem was it wasn’t as good as ITV’s…


Sportsnight’ – by Tony Hatch

sportsnight_t1305b-smallSportsnight was the BBC’s midweek sports offering between 1968 and 1997. Presenters included legends such as David Coleman, Frank Bough and Des Lynam. The theme for the show was (rather imaginatively) called ‘Sportsnight’, and was composed by Tony Hatch, himself a legend of TV themes.

The piece is famous for its ‘morse code’ opening signature, giving the effect of speed. Hatch composed many other TV themes including Crossroads, Emmerdale and Neighbours. Hatch was no stranger to the pop charts either, being particularly well known for his collaborations with Petula Clark. The pair’s most famous song is the 1964 classic ‘Downtown’.


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Danish Dynamite


The new ‘cool’ – circa 1986


Team: Denmark

Home or Away: Home

Years Active: 1986 – 1988

As Worn By: Michael Laudrup, Jesper Olsen, Jan Molby, Morten Olsen and Preben Elkjaer.

Denmark at Mexico ’86 were a stylish breath of fresh air, both on the pitch with their football and aesthetically, with this swanky Hummel styling.

The Danes became a dark horse to win the tournament after demolishing Uruguay 6-1 in the group stages, and the excitement of a potential new world order was spectacularly encompassed with this design. The silky skills of  Michael Laudrup et al seduced one and all. Now everyone had a second favourite team at the World Cup, and without exception it was Denmark.


Danish Two-Tone

The bifurcated design with a red panel on one side, and red pinstripes on a white half was groundbreaking and revolutionary. And the second strip with the design in reverse was just as cool.

Alas, it all went wrong for Denmark when they met Spain and Emilio Butragueno in the knockout stages. But following the success of the Danes at the World Cup, Hummel made significant inroads in England supplying versions of the popular design to Coventry City, Southampton and Aston Villa, but (perhaps because of who was wearing it) they never looked quite as good as the original.

This is one that kit-geeks everywhere hold dearly in their top 5 kits of all time. A total classic, and Hummel’s distinctive chevron sleeve trim remained prominent long after this kit fell out of favour.

Do you agree..? Rate this kit: A bit tragic or a total classic…?

Legendary Midfield Mauler and Movie Star Makes Music!


We’ve said before that soccer and sounds don’t mix, and occasionally we’re proved wrong. But this probably isn’t one of those occasions.

In 2002, not content with making midfielders all over England quake in their boots throughout his playing career and with Hollywood moguls then knocking on his door continuously, Vincent Peter Jones decided to conquer the world of music as well.

He released an album of blues covers entitled ‘Respect’ on Telstar, from which the single ‘Wooly Bully’ was released. He also performed ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ on Top of the Pops 2 in 2002 dressed like Kid Creole’s wayward Cockney cousin. If you don’t believe me you can see for yourself on the link below:

I guess you could say that Vinnie is to singing what Vinnie was to elegant, technically gifted midfield maestros…

Aside from a short speech on the opening track of Joss Stone’s 2007 album ‘Introducing Joss Stone’, Vinnie seems to have left the music industry behind him. His movie career however continues unabated with the release of ‘Escape Plan’ next month, in which Vinnie plays corrupt prison guard Drake alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and 50 Cent.

Upon reflection the record we prefer to remember Vinnie for isn’t ‘Wooly Bully’ – it’s the one he has for the fastest ever booking when he went through Dane Whitehouse in a little under 3 seconds!


Club Classics

Club: Birmingham City

Home or Away: Home

Years active: 1971 – 1975

As worn by: Trevor Francis,  Bob Latchford, Gordon Taylor, Tony Want, Roger Hynd and Stan Harland.

It’s not often we should take fashion tips from Birmingham, but the early to mid 70’s was an exception as City looked positively resplendent in this famous ‘blue penguin’ kit.  The kit was the one worn by Brum when they won promotion back to the top flight in 1972 and sported the popular intertwined lettering club logo.

In fact the kit was so popular the club have revisited it in modern times, with updated versions for the 1997-98 and  2007-08 seasons and indeed for this coming season.

How do you rate this kit..? Tragic or classic..?? Vote now!

STYLE ICON – Johan Cruyff


I remember with total clarity the moment I decided Johan Cruyff was the coolest bloke on the planet.

It was during the World Cup in 1974, and The Daily Mirror had been dispatched to visit him for a profile piece. Cruyff had just performed his legendary Cruyff Turn, the most audacious dribbling trick of all time, and the world’s press had dubbed him “Pythagoras in boots” because of his style, philosophy and massive footballing brain.

I don’t even remember what he said. But I do remember every little detail of the picture.

As you do between crucial World Cup matches, Cruyff decided not on extra training under the cruel German sun, but instead opted for a relaxed game of cards, a ciggie and a bumper glass of iced Martini Rosso.

Holland’s George Best wore a low-cut, plain black V-neck jumper, worn with nothing underneath, and a giant pair of porn star sunglasses.

Legs astride a bar stool covered in cards and piles of money, he wore cream flares and black leather flip flops, while a rectangular silver pendant hung nonchalantly from a chunky silver chain. But the accessory that topped them all was a fat, white continental ciggie, elegantly dangling from the corner of his couldn’t-care-less mouth.

If Adidas did Steve McQueen, this man was it. Cruyff was Richard Ashcroft while he was still in nappies. And just like the way Cruyff played the game, he made it look so, well, effortless. Never mind total football: this guy was total cool.CruyffStyleIcon

Holland may well have ended up the perennial under-achievers in ‘74, but in the style stakes, JC was untouchable.

There was commercial worth in this, and so it was that five years later in 1979, while playing in Barcelona, Cruyff teamed up with Italian designer Emilio Lazzarini and released his own clothing label, Cruyff Sports. Their bread and butter were classic sneakers, although there were also a few dodgy shell suits, worn by Marco Van Basten and Denis Bergkamp (but please don’t hold that against him).

Over the following years, Cruyff nailed the Burberry trench coat look, totally owned the black polo neck – never easy unless you’re a black jazz pianist or a secret agent – made oversized man bags musthaves and was the only man ever to wear an Adidas tracksuit top zipped down to midships with a bare chest underneath and not look like a drug dealer. Hell, he even looked good in floral shirts and flares the size of yachting sails.

But the pinnacle was when he opened the Cruyff Shoetique in Amsterdam. That’s right, not boutique, but Shoe-tique.

Selling premium, hand-made Italian loafers in luxe materials like lizard skin and with genuine silver clasps, they’re the most stylish item designed by any footballer, ever. Rare as rocking horse manure, they occasionally pop up on ebay and are known to reduce grown men of a certain age to tears.

Mark Powell is a Soho tailor par excellence.

Class is permanent: The new VW Golf GTi

We review the new Volkswagen Golf GTi and discover there’s no substitute

GolfGTiIt would be pretty hard to argue that the Volkswagen Golf GTi is not the most iconic hot hatch. It’s a symbol of success; the racy hatchback that looks majestic on the gravel drives of the nation’s fanciest addresses.

It’s a change from years ago when the GTi was a little on the classless side. These days it’s the chariot of choice for the aspiring Made in Chelsea types before they graduate to Audi or BMW.

It is now without question the grownup of the hot-hatch group. For its prowess, quick steering, and immense torque on tap, the GTI is the small performance car you should pick either for a daily commute through the city, or a cross-country drive. Ride quality is great; the interior is definitely the quietest of this class; and the standard seats are genuinely comfortable.

This latest version has a little of the heritage, courtesy of that tartan trim interior that’s not to everyone’s taste. And there is the badging of course and the obligatory red piping. But unless you cough up a further £600 for the 18in “Austin” alloys that turn heads all on their own, there are few out there who would be able to distinguish it from a well-maintained regular Golf.

The 220bhp 2-litre engine hums along at low revs with little or no indication of its potent potential. It also delivers impressive fuel economy figures for a car that hits 60mph from a standing start in 6.5 seconds and climbs to 153mph.

It also costs just £195 more than its predecessor and, thanks to a camera-based emergency braking system, has fallen five insurance groups, which is nice…

Perhaps the greatest success of the Golf GTi though is how it manages to balance on the social tightrope, it’s neither too flash nor too insipid. It doesn’t seek attention yet it demands respect.

Rivals might be meaner, faster and more uncompromising, but the Golf is the only one with the scent of first-class about it. The rest are more Gary Megson and David Batty, to the GTi’s Liam Brady and Michael Laudrup.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Tested: Five-door hatchback, with four-cylinder, 1,984cc turbocharged petrol engine, six-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive

Price/on sale: £25,845 to £28,895

Power/torque: 217bhp @ 4,500rpm/258lb ft @ 1,500rpm.

Top speed: 152mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 6.5sec

Fuel economy: 37.7mpg/47.1mpg (EU Urban/Combined)

CO2 emissions: 139g/km

VED band: E (£125)

1976-Volkswagen-MK1-Golf-front-endOur Verdict: Great build quality, classy design inside and out, powerful engine and a clever differential. Your ultimate deft drive.


Back Home or World in Motion?

Usually soccer and sounds don’t mix. Thankfully the days of Cup final songs to raise some cash for the player’s pool have long gone. That’s one of the upsides to today’s cash loaded game.

But two England songs did hit a chord.

‘Back Home’ from the 1970 Mexico World Cup finals, where England were knocked out in the quarter finals by West Germany, has a sound that captures the last knockings of the upbeat mood of the Swinging Sixties.

‘World in Motion’ from the 1990 finals in Italy hits the mark and prefaces the dawn of a new era in the English game with its fusion of rap and rave. It was the Germans again of course who made sure it ended in agony rather than ecstasy beating England in a semi-final penalty shoot-out.

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New Order (Feat. John Barnes) – World In Motion (HQ) 1990 Youtube video

ENGLAND WORLD CUP SQUAD ~ BACK HOME (U.K.No1.1970) Youtube video