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1985: The Toffees Tear it Up!
The Everton Squad From Panini’s 85 Sticker Album

In 1981 Howard Kendall took over as manager and, after an initial sticky period, guided Everton to the most successful era in the clubs history. Everton won the FA Cup in 1984 and two league titles in 1984–85 and 1986–87, plus the club’s first and so far only European trophy securing the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1985 final.

That victory in Europe was at the expense of Rapid Vienna after Kendall’s side had defeated Bayern Munich in the semi-final 3-1 on aggregate.

The entire Everton starting line-up for the final in Rotterdam was from the British Isles, with Andy Gray and Trevor Steven putting the Toffees two-up in the second half. Austrian legend Hans Krankl halved the deficit briefly for Rapid before Kevin Sheedy sealed the deal.

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Having won both the league and Cup Winners Cup in 1985, Everton came very close to winning a treble, but lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Everton were unable to defend their European success though. The Heysel Stadium disaster and the subsequent ban of all English clubs from continental football meant Everton lost the chance to compete for more European trophies.

The most successful side in Everton’s history was broken up following the ban. Who knows what they would have gone on to achieve…

Kendall himself moved to Athletic Bilbao after the 1987 title triumph and was succeeded by assistant Colin Harvey.



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Revie’s Last Leeds
The Final Players of the Revie Era

The 1972-73 season was Don Revie’s penultimate in charge of the Yorkshire giants. They challenged for the title but finished up in third spot behind Arsenal and champions Liverpool.

But at least they had a pair of cup finals to look forward to…

Leeds had at least one trophy in the bag that season, with only second division Sunderland standing in their way of the FA Cup, or so they thought.

In one of the most famous cup finals the underdogs of the North East won the cup with a Ian Porterfield goal and no shortage of great saves from Jimmy Montgomery.

In those days, for a few short years anyhow, a third place playoff was played in the FA Cup. Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Arsenal 3-1 at Highbury to secure the third-place of 1973, a match amazingly held three months after the final.

Eleven days later Leeds traveled to Greece to face Italian giants AC Milan to contest the European Cup Winners Cup Final.

Milan won a hotly disputed match 1–0 thanks to a goal by Luciano Chiarugi.

The Greek crowd at the final reacted to perceived bias towards Milan by referee Christos Michas by throwing missiles during the victors’ lap of honour, but despite protests, the result was not overturned. UEFA later banned Michas for life for match fixing, although his role in the final of this match was not investigated.

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The Leeds side of the following season would steam through to the league title, in fact they didn’t lose a league game until February 23rd 1974 when they were pipped 3-2 at Stoke.

In they end they clinched the crown ahead of Liverpool, the second league title in the clubs history, in what proved to be Don Revie’s last as manager before he took over from Sir Alf Ramsey as England manager.

At the end of the season Norman Hunter was voted the very first winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.

A season that will live forever in the hearts of Leeds fans everywhere was made all the sweeter by Manchester United’s relegation, a mere six years after they were European champions.

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Jimmy Greaves’ 50 Greatest British Football Players

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I’ve worked under some hard taskmasters in my time – Alf Ramsey with England, Bill Nicholson at Tottenham and even Greg Dyke at TV:AM. But the sports editor of the Sunday People has handed me the most thankless task of all this week – to compile a list of the 50 greatest British footballers of all time and in order.

Of course, the whole idea is nonsensical really – how can you compare a goalkeeper from the 1960s with a winger from the 21st century, for example? But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been tremendous fun, bringing back some wonderful memories of some extraordinary players. Football is all about opinions – so this list is the stuff that bar-room debates are made of – so I seem to recall! We only considered players who played after World War Two as if we had gone any further back in the mists of time, even I couldn’t have properly assessed their merits!

50 – Gareth Bale. Who knows where Gareth Bale will end up on a list of Britain’s 50 greatest footballers by the end of his career – but at 24, the world is his oyster. As of now, I can’t lift him above Cliffie Jones as Tottenham’s greatest ever Welsh winger but if he understands quite how good he is, Bale will end up much nearer the top of this list than the bottom.

49 – Danny Blanchflower. Tottenham captain when they became the first Double-winners of the 20th century and the first English team to win a European trophy, Blanchflower had the most influential dressing-room voice of any player I encountered. He was football’s Mike Brearley, if you like. A man whose most famous quote said it all: ‘The game is about glory. It’s about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom’.

48 – John Terry. One of the most controversial players in the history of the British game for non-footballing reasons, Terry has been one its most reliable and consistent performers on the pitch. A defender’s defender – unbelievably solid with such a none-shall-pass attitude. The captain and linchpin of Chelsea’s recent golden years. Like Roy Hodgson, I’ve preferred Terry over Rio Ferdinand for footballing reasons – but only just.

BarnesSticker47 – John Barnes. To have scored perhaps England’s greatest ever goal in a victory over Brazil in the Maracana really should mark you out for greatness all by itself. He was also an outstanding part of the last great Liverpool team – named Footballer of the Year award in 1990, after the Anfield club’s most recent title campaign.

46 – Ian Rush. One of the greatest goal poachers in world football, Rush’s goals made Liverpool an unstoppable force in the English and European game in the early 1980s. For Bob Paisley to sign a kid from Chester and see him become Anfield’s greatest goalscorer with a staggering 346 goals in all competitions, suggested that the only manager to win three European Cups was a former coal miner who turned into a gold miner.

45 – Cliff Jones. My former Tottenham team-mate Cliffie was a striker’s dream as a left winger – blessed with pace, dribbling skills and the ability go either way. Cliff’s record of 135 goals in 318 League games for Spurs is unbelievable for a wideman. He was an integral part Tottenham’s Double winning side in 1961.

44 – Tommy Taylor. While Duncan Edwards is rightly mentioned as football’s most lamented loss in the Munich Air Disaster, his fellow Busby Babe Tommy Taylor (front row, second from right) was another true great to perish. Taylor was a tall centre-forward who scored 16 goals in 19 games for England and would have gone down as one of our best-ever goalscorers had he not died just a week after his 26th birthday, when the world was at his feet. I roomed with Tom when I was first called into the England squad in 1957 and he couldn’t have made me feel more welcome – tragically, just months later, he was dead.

RayWilson43 – Ray Wilson. World Cup-winning left-back was probably the first great modern full-back – a player who was as comfortable bombing forward down the flank and crossing it as he was tackling and defending. When Alf Ramsey stumbled on the formula of playing without specialist wingers, the width Wilson gave the team was crucial.

42 – Michael Owen. Owen was a genuine world-beater – and was the last Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or as World Footballer of the Year in 2001. His early days with England and Liverpool were magnificent – with his wonder goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup an unforgettable highlight. Scoring forty goals for England is not to be sniffed at but he’d have ranked a lot higher but for injuries and, perhaps, a shortage of genuine hunger.

41 – Colin Bell. One of Manchester City’s holy trinity along with Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee in the club’s heyday of the late 1960s, Bell was blessed with the most remarkable stamina. An attacking midfielder blessed with great touch, pace and vision, Bell should have won even more than his 48 England caps.

40 – Tony Adams. The captain of the best England team I’ve ever seen – Terry Venables’ side at Euro 96 as well as FOUR Arsenal title-winning teams, bestriding the eras of George Graham and Arsene Wenger. If a young Tony Adams came on the scene now, any club in the Premier League would want to pay tens of millions for him.

jinkySTICKER39 – Jimmy Johnstone. Jinky Johnstone was Scotland’s George Best and the Pele of Parkhead. Johnstone was a thrilling sight as he danced down the touchline and he secured his place in history as one of Celtic’s Lisbon Lions, the first British side to win the European Cup when they defeated Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital in 1967. The brilliant outside-right won nine league titles in ten seasons with the Bhoys and has been voted Celtic’s greatest player of all time.

38 – Nat Lofthouse. The Aarchetypal old-fashioned English centre-forward and a one-club man who spearheaded Bolton Wanderers throughout his career. Lofthouse scored 30 times in 33 internationals and was nicknamed the Lion of Vienna after an heroic performance after a victory in Austria in 1952. The most famous image of Lofthouse arrived in the 1958 FA Cup Final when he barged Manchester United keeper Harry Gregg into the net for the winning goal. Nat was, in the modern parlance, one hell of a unit.

37 – Stuart Pearce. He tackled like a bulldozer, shot like a cannon and produced the iconic moment of Euro 96 when he celebrated like a true psycho on scoring a penalty in England’s only ever shoot-out win, against Spain, six years after missing in the World Cup semi defeat by West Germany.

BEARDSLEY36 – Peter Beardsley. They said he was no oil painting – but as a footballer, Beardsley was genuinely beautiful. He made the deep-lying second striker’s role fashionable in England and formed one of his country’s greatest strike partnerships with Gary Lineker – employing a visionary final pass and enjoying a telepathic understanding with his goal-poaching colleague.

35 – David Beckham. Probably the most famous British footballer ever and although he wasn’t a true great, Beckham was an outstanding crosser, passer and dead-ball specialist. England’s most-capped outfield player, with 115 appearances, Goldenballs is the only Englishman to score at three World Cup finals. But while Beckham was a phenomenally hard-working pro, Alex Ferguson became convinced that his desire for fame began to outstrip his love of football and his club career faded after leaving Manchester United in 2003.

34 – Paul Scholes. Grew up alongside Beckham and as a personality the little ginger limelight-dodger was the polar opposite of his friend. Many of the modern greats, including Zinedine Zidane and Xavi, would rate Scholes even higher than I do – having played against him, they are convinced he is one of the all-time great midfielders in world football.

33 – David Seaman. Our tendency to bang on about occasional high-profile mistakes clouds many peoples’ judgment of Seaman, who was a truly outstanding goalkeeper for Arsenal and England. The big fella was an imposing sight and a magnificent shot-stopper, his ill-judged ponytail obscuring the fact that he was the toughest of competitors between the sticks.

32 – Frank Lampard. There have been many father-and-son footballers but rarely does the boy outstrip his old man. A true self-made footballer, famed for his workrate and dedication in training, Lampard became Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer from midfield, captained them to Champions League glory and has recently passed 100 caps for England.

eng_geoff_hurst31 – Geoff Hurst. If you are going to be remembered for one thing in football, then it might as well be a hat-trick in a World Cup Final. Of course, Geoff would not have been such a legendary figure in the English game without that day in 1966 but it would be easy to under-rate him as a centre-forward. An extremely strong target man, I enjoyed a brief spell playing alongside him at West Ham. He might have taken my place after I got injured in ’66 but I fully appreciate he was far, far more than a one-day wonder.

30 – Alan Ball. While Geoff Hurst, understandably, got all the personal glory, it was Alan Ball – the youngest member of England’s World Cup-winning side – who was man of the match in the final against West Germany. Bally had a superhuman workrate, was a wholly committed lung-busting runner and a truly infectious character. He was loved by Alf Ramsey but prematurely ditched by his successor Don Revie.

29 – Ashley Cole. Controversies in his personal life and his transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea mean that Cole will never be the most popular man on this list. But he is the best English full-back I have ever seen and was the best left-back in the world for several years – outstanding in defence and when going forward. He has won the Premier League with both Arsenal and Chelsea and has an amazing all-time record of seven FA Cup winners’ medals. What’s not to like!

28 – Billy McNeill. As the captain of the first British team to win the European Cup, McNeill is assured of his place in footballing folklore. The leader of Jock Stein’s Lisbon Lions was a commanding centre-half and a great competitor who would often make our annual England v Scotland clashes even spicier still.

54_john_greig27 – John Greig. Probably the greatest Rangers player of all time, John Greig had supreme ability, reliability, longevity and leadership qualities. Greig made an astonishing 755 appearances for his only club and was a tireless up-and-down midfielder who rarely ever seemed to make an error but could also operate in defence.

26 – Steven Gerrard. One of the great Liverpool players, even though he has never played in a great Liverpool side. A dynamic all-round midfielder, Gerrard produced one of the greatest captain’s performances in world football history when he inspired Liverpool’s comeback from 3-0 down at half-time to defeat in AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final, the Miracle of Istanbul.

25 – Glenn Hoddle. The second-greatest passer of the ball after the peerless Johnny Haynes, Hoddle was one of the most elegant midfielders ever to play the game. He was such an instinctive and accurate passer, also famed for his free-kicks and long-range shooting. Hoddle was a quintessential Tottenham Hotspur player, all about style and panache, but never fully appreciated by England managers, who demanded a greater work-rate. Could have been a great England manager but for some strange attitudes away from the game.

24 – Peter Shilton. England’s most-capped player of all time with 125 appearances, Shilton would have won far more had Ron Greenwood not rotated him with Ray Clemence for so long. Shilton spent two decades at the top of the game, playing in the 1990 World Cup semi-final at the age of 40, then passing 1,000 League matches before he retired at 47. A key part of Brian Clough’s back-to-back European Cup-winning side at Nottingham Forest, Shilts will forever be remembered as the victim of Diego Maradona’s Hand of God.

23 – Alan Shearer. When Shearer burst on to the scene at Southampton in the late 1980s, I was convinced he would break every goalscoring record in the book, he was that good. Injuries prevented him from having a serious crack at my all-time English top-flight goals record, but he is easily the finest marksman of the Premier League era. Brilliant alongside Teddy Sheringham for England at Euro 96. Won the title at Blackburn but might have won far more had he not turned down Manchester United.

billy-wright-1989-football-greats-fax-pax-trading-card-32032-p22 – Billy Wright. The first man to win 100 caps for England – and that would be 200 in today’s money. A truly great captain for club and country, leading Wolves through their glory years under Stan Cullis in the 1950s. Bill was my first England skipper and he ended up my boss when he was head of sport at ATV. He was as good a gaffer as he was a centre-half. An absolute diamond.

21 – Wayne Rooney. course to break Bobby Charlton’s England and Manchester United all-time scoring records, Rooney could end up much higher up this list now he seems to have recaptured his best form. A teenage prodigy who might have inspired England to glory had he not been injured at Euro 2004, he has yet to impress at a major tournament since that maiden campaign. But as an all-round forward, world-class in at least three different positions, the best may still be to come for Rooney. Two hundred goals and counting for United and 40 for his country, quite a player.

20 – Jim Baxter. Just imagine a slimline Gazza. Those of us who played against the Rangers midfield tearaway, will never forget his ability to tease and torment, most notably when he inspired Scotland to a 3-2 victory over England at Wembley in 1967 and the Tartan Army declared themselves world champions. Slim Jim took the p*** that day by juggling the ball and had he not been performing so many party tricks, the Scots might have won more easily. He retired at 31, was a drinker, womaniser and hell-raiser. But as a footballer, he was a genius, plain and simple.

duncan-edwards-2001-the-all-time-greats-carlton-books-trading-card-55238-p19 – Duncan Edwards. Had he survived the Munich Air Disaster, which took his life at the age of 21, Edwards would probably be No 1 on this list – so forgive me, because more than any other player it impossible to accurately place him in this pantheon of greats. I met Big Duncan when I was first called up by England, shortly before he died in 1958 and he was a true gent. He could have been anything – a great central defender or midfielder, probably a striker too. He would have been at his peak at the 1966 World Cup, he would have won everything the game had to offer.

18 – Graeme Souness. A man’s man. A magnificent footballer. It is exceptionally rare for a footballer to be as hard as nails and yet a supremely gifted ball player but Souness – once dubbed ‘Renoir with a razorblade’ – was the complete animal. He won five titles and three European Cups under Bob Paisley at Liverpool, many as an inspiring captain, then enjoyed success in Serie A with Sampdoria and as a player-manager who transformed the fortunes of Rangers.

17 – Kevin Keegan. The ultimate hard-working footballer who transformed himself from a limited kid at Scunthorpe into a genuine global superstar and was named World Footballer of the Year while at Hamburg. The Mighty Mouse forged an outstanding partnership with John Toshack while at Liverpool and became an English football icon in the 1970s – also featuring in hit TV multi-sporting contest Superstars. He was worshipped at Southampton and then at his boyhood club, Newcastle – where the team he would go on to manage perhaps the most entertaining of the Premier League era.

16 – Kenny Dalglish. When Keegan left Liverpool for Germany in 1977, they feared he could never replaced – but Bob Paisley unearthed an even greater star for the club in Kenny Dalglish. King Kenny was an outstanding competitor and goalscorer who formed a remarkable understanding with Ian Rush and netted 199 League goals for the Anfield club, having made just as many. Probably the most successful player-manager the English game has known, as he led the Reds to a League and FA Cup double in 1986, Dalglish was also an inspirational figure in Liverpool in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster.

Jennings15 – Pat Jennings. I was once knocked out cold by Pat Jennings in a five-a-side training match at Tottenham and it was like being hit by a truck. A huge man, both literally and figuratively, Pat dominated his area like no other keeper I have seen. He is perhaps the only man to play for Spurs and Arsenal and to be adored by both sets of supporters, which says it all about his genial nature.

14 – Gordon Banks. I cannot put a fag paper between the two best goalkeepers I was lucky enough to play with – Jennings and Gordon Banks. Banks was a very different kind of keeper than Big Pat, smaller and remarkably quick – quick off his line and amazing fast in his reactions. For many top keepers it is all about positioning but not for Banksy – his incredible reactions meant he made such spectacular saves, especially his most famous effort to deny Pele at the 1970 World Cup. Had Banks not fallen ill before the quarter-final against West Germany, England would almost certainly have reached back-to-back finals. Banks might even have won a second World Cup after keeping goal in 1966.

13 – Gary Lineker. The ultimate poacher of goals, a World Cup Golden Boot winner in 1986 and a semi-final scorer in 1990, Lineker ended up with 48 England goals – just one missed penalty short of the all-time record. He also finished top scorer in the English top-flight with Leicester, Everton and Tottenham as well as enjoying a successful spell at Barcelona. Younger readers will only know him as a TV anchorman and a potato-crisp salesman but nice-guy Lineker was absolutely lethal in front of goal. Sharp, quick, phenomenal.

12 – Ryan Giggs. The most decorated footballer in the history of the British game and still going strong just days away from his 40th birthday. Thirteen Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and United’s all-time record appearance holder. Giggs was a thrilling sight as he dashed down the flank in his youth, scoring one of the great individual goals in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal, as United went on to win the Treble.

11 – Bryan Robson. Robson had everything – goals, passing, tackling and a remarkable workrate. Captain Marvel for Manchester United and England and a true leader who was brave to a fault, injuries preventing him from reaching a deserved century of England caps. The outstanding British footballer of the 1980s who stuck around to inspire United’s re-emergence as England’s top club side under Sir Alex Ferguson.

10 – Dave Mackay – Second only to John Charles in his versatility, Dave Mackay was a 5ft 7in titan and an inspirational title-winner for Tottenham and Derby County.The iconic photo of him grabbing the fearsome Billy Bremner by the shirt says it all about his supreme competitive spirit but he was also a wonderfully gifted footballer. Mackay worked hard and, boy, did he play hard off the field too. One of football’s greatest men.

9 – Denis Law. My favourite footballer, pure and simple. Denis in full flight was a simply awesome sight. When we were the two pre-eminent goalscorers in the English game, the Press were always trying to get us to do the other one down – but our mutual respect was total. A consummate goalscorer with 171 in 309 league games for Manchester United but so much more than that, as he spent his formative years playing in midfield. An infectious personality, part of Manchester United’s holy trinity with George Best and Bobby Charlton and probably Scotland’s greatest ever footballer.

Gazza8 – Paul Gascoigne. The best British player to have emerged in the 40 years since the end of my professional career – and in terms of raw talent alone, he is the equal of anyone on this list. Thrilling unpredictable, Gazza’s performances – and tears – at the 1990 World Cup made football truly fashionable again in England after the dark days of hooliganism. Although his immense early promise was never fully realised after his self-inflicted injury in the 1991 FA Cup Final, his goal for England at Euro 96 was one of the best ever.

7 – Johnny Haynes. A maestro, a genius. The first £100-a-week footballer, the Brylcreem Boy, the captain of England and simply the finest passer of a ball the world has ever seen. It was a joy to be on the end of those passes for England. Injury cut short his finest years and prevented him from being a World Cup winner in 1966 but John’s instinctive all-round vision was supernatural.

6 – Tom Finney. An even better all-round footballer than his friend, rival and contemporary Stanley Matthews – and so he should probably stand as joint fifth on this list of Britain’s greats. Unlike Stan, Finney was genuinely two-footed, could operate on either wing or as a fine centre-forward. And the Preston Plumber could also unblock your sink too – as he continued his trade long after becoming a great player for North End. Finney never won a major team honour as Preston were nothing special – even becoming known as ‘the plumber and his ten drips’ – and he was denied moves to Serie A, where he would have excelled. But he was Bill Shankly’s favourite ever player and, now in his 90s, Tom remains the grand old man of our game, a knight of the realm and a complete gentleman.

5 – Stanley Matthews. Stan was feted the world over not just for his amazing longevity, his baggy shorts, his shuffling gait, his devastating pace – no one was quicker over five yards – his phenomenal dribbling skills and his incomparable ability to cross a ball. It was just that no man adored football quite as much as Stanley Matthews. And that no footballer was ever adored quite as much as he.

1961-Kellogg-Charlton4 – Bobby Charlton. This is a man who survived the Munich Air disaster in 1958, won the European Cup in 1968 and played a key role in the appointment of Alex Ferguson as Old Trafford manager in 1986. He’s history in the flesh is Bobby Charlton. He’s our greatest living football man.

3 – Bobby Moore. The man who captained England to World Cup glory, the one oasis in more than 60 barren years of international competition, Bobby Moore is an automatic great. The greatest English footballer of all time was a very close friend of mine and I can assure you that he was no angel, no saint. But he was as good a mate as a bloke could have. Just as long as he wasn’t marking you.

2 – George Best. There are rare players you cannot judge by mere honours nor statistics. There are rare men who are touched by God and by the Devil in equal measure – with all the superhuman gifts that entails. George Best was a lovely man and a dear friend. Sometimes when you were with him, it was easy to forget. Easy to forget that you were in the company of an immortal.

1 – John Charles. Big John was not just a great footballer – he was TWO great footballers. A genuinely world-class centre forward and a genuinely world-class centre-half, Charles was also Britain’s finest footballing export. He was JCharlesadored at Juventus and is still revered to this day in Turin, where he is known as King John. When Juventus signed Charles from Leeds in 1957 for a world-record £65,000 he was one of the first British players to move abroad – and no other Brit has ever enjoyed the same levels of success on foreign fields.

Charles netted 93 goals in 155 matches in the League which boasted the meanest defences in the world – despite often playing at the back. In five years in Turin, he won the Scudetto five times. He is also Leeds’s second highest scorer of all time – despite having also played at full-back and in midfield for the Elland Road. Idolised in Wales, Italy and the People’s Republic of Yorkshire, Big John was quite possibly the greatest all-round footballer the world has ever seen.


Originally published in the Sunday People. 


Fergie’s Original Red Devils
Looking back at United’s first sticker album squad of the SAF era

This should bring back some memories; Here is the first Panini squad of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United.

Although he took over the previous year, the season of 1987-88 was his first full season in charge and therefore his first in United’s colours in a Panini sticker album.

A quick glance down the left hand column and you’ll see that under ‘Honours’ United had a paltry seven league Championships to their name at the time, the last of which had been won over 20 years previous.

Nobody could have foreseen what was to happen at Old Trafford under the stewardship of Sir Alex. Not even the most optimistic United devotee could have imagined their team would usurp Liverpool’s total of 18 league titles under the Scotsman’s guidance.

However United and Ferguson would be made to wait for that first Championship; the season of 87-88 would see United finish as runner-up to Liverpool who won the title by 9 points.

United would finish back in 11th the following season, 13th the year after that, then 6th before finally challenging again in 1991-92, being pipped to the post by Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds United.

It’s hard to imagine United sticking with David Moyes if his first 4 and 3/4 seasons ended in a similar fashion!

Looking through his squad for 87-88 though its easy to see why they were up there – with the likes of McGrath, Whiteside, Strachan, Robson, Olsen and McClair in their ranks.

But am I the only person who thought Peter Davenport looked more like an accountant than a top flight footballer…?

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Villa the Champions! 1980-81 Revisited

Ahh, 1980… Punk was on its way out and the New Romantics were about to take over. Men all over the country would embrace blouses and make-up and spend alternate Saturdays shopping for leather trousers.

All of which is completely lost on this bunch…

All hail the power of the perm as Villa display all the style that would lead them to a championship, but only just!

The 1980-81 season saw Villa and Ipswich Town fight it out in a tug-of-war for the title that went one way and then the other.

At half-time on the final day Villa, who needed a win to confirm the title, looked like they were going to blow it as they trailed 2-0 at Arsenal, and with Ipswich 1-0 ahead at Middlesbrough the title was slipping away. There were no more goals in the second half at Highbury, but at Ayresome Park the home side rallied to score twice without reply and in doing so handed Villa their first League title since 1910.



Missing from here is Peter Withe who ended the season as the First Division’s joint leading scorer with 20 goals. He had previously won championship honours with Forest in 1978, before joining Villa in the summer of 1980.

He won 11 caps for England and his longest time spent at one club was at Villa, where he scored 74 goals in 182 League games.

Thanks again to our friends at Football for all their help with putting this together.

England’s Squad from Mexico ’86

As World Cup fever increases a smidge more due to the international games this week, we thought we’d bring you a blast from England’s past; the national squad for Mexico ’86 according to Panini.

Oh the memories; Mark Wright’s elongated ET neck, Kenny Sansom’s porno tache, Terry Fenwick’s bewilderment at being there, the list is endless…

If you want to see the Italia ’90 version then just look back through the archive for this section or click here.



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Palace: The Team of the 80’s

Here is the Crystal Palace team that entered the top flight as Champions for the 1979-80 season, Panini style.



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Happy Geburtstag Karl-Heinz!

September 25th is the birthday of arguably Germany’s greatest player in the post-Beckenbauer era, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Rummenigge followed in the footsteps of Helmut Rahn, Uwe Seeler and Gerd Müller ensuring West Germany’s world class forward line was maintained.

Karl-Heinze RUMENIGGE Panini Inter de Milan 86“Kalle” was born in Lippstadt in 1955 and played for the local club Borussia Lippstadt until he was 18 years old and discovered by Bayern Munich. His move to Bayern forced him to give up his job as a bank clerk and concentrate fully on football. It paid off handsomely.

Rummenigge spent a decade in Bavaria scoring 162 goals in the Bundesliga. The young Rummenigge was a member of Bayern’s 1976 European Cup winning team against St Etienne, having necked a glass of Brandy before the game to calm his nerves!

By the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Rummenigge had established himself as one of the superstars in the game. By then he was twice European Player of the Year (1980 and 1981), and a member of West Germany’s European Championship winning team in 1980 where he was named Player of the Tournament.

Knee problems prevented him from performing to his full potential at the World Cup and manager Jupp Derwall used him sparingly. His most memorable contribution – along with his hat-trick against Chile – saw him come off the bench in the classic semi-final against France to inspire a German comeback from 3-1 down with a goal and an assist to eventually win on penalties.  A tired German team could not overcome Italy in the final though and lost 3-1.

Rummenigge, by now an Inter Milan player, would end his international career at the World Cup in 1986. “Kalle” was once again not fully fit, but Franz Beckenbauer – now coach – was determined to bring him to Mexico. He featured in all matches, mostly as a substitute, as West Germany once again reached the final. He was captain in his 95th and last international against Argentina in the Azteca stadium. Rummenigge scored one of the West German goals as they attempted to comeback from 2-0 down with 15 minutes left, but Burruchaga won it for Argentina just three minutes after Rudi Voller had equalised – and Rummenigge became the first captain to lose two World Cup finals. 1987-88 Panini Servette Genève Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE

Germans everywhere will tell you that a fully fit Rummenigge would have made the difference in those World Cups and they would have two more titles to their name.

He spent his last couple of seasons as a pro in Switzerland with Servette before retiring in 1989.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer at the FC Bayern München group of companies.

Rummenigge may not have been as prolific as Gerd Muller, but he was a better all-around player. Not only did he score with ease, he possessed great technique and was a brilliant creative influence for his side and a true legend of the game.

Happy Geburtstag Kalle from all at BOBBY!


Rooney Breaks Into The Top Four!

Wayne Rooney’s two goals in the 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkeusen made him the club’s fourth leading goal scorer of all time.

1961-Kellogg-CharltonAnd Rooney is now 49 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton as the club’s top all time scorer.

If Rooney stays with United beyond this season then he has every chance of overhauling Charlton. Rooney also has Charlton’s England record of 49 international goals in his sights. Rooney is currently on 36 for country.

When United fans of the Sixties and early Seventies are pressed as to who was the club’s best ever goalscorer most are likely to say Scottish International Denis Law, who is second in the all time list.

The Lawman vied with Jimmy Greaves as the most natural goal scoring British striker of his generation.



Manchester United’s top scorers:

Bobby Charlton (249)

Denis Law (237)

Jack Rowley (211)

Wayne Rooney (200)



60,000 Turn Out For Stan The Man

bulgaria-stilian-petrov-212-panini-uefa-euro-2004-portugal-football-sticker-25478-pParkhead was sold out for Stiliyan Petrov’s charity match as 60,000 people turned out  in celebration of the humble Bulgarian who was forced to retire after being diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012.

On an emotional day Stiliyan (not Stilian as the press sometimes spell it) was reduced to tears as stars from the football and showbiz world came together to help raise money for a number of charities including the foundation set up in his name; The Stiliyan Petrov Cancer Foundation.

The popular midfielder put on his boots again for the first time since his diagnosis, playing the first half hour for the Stilyan XI before reappearing in the hoops as a late sub for the Celtic XI, who were managed by Martin O’Neill, the man who brought him to Aston Villa in 2006.

LarssonStickerIt was the Stiliyan XI, managed by Kenny Dalglish (who alongside John Barnes signed the teenage Petrov for Celtic in 1999), that prevailed 5-3 in an entertaining encounter which included a hattrick from Dimitar Berbatov plus goals from Pierre Van Hooijdonk and, of course, Henrik Larsson.

Other names that gave up their time in support of ‘Stan’ included Gareth Barry, Paul Lambert, Chris Sutton, Robert Pires, Shay Given, Chris Kamara, Jamie Redknapp and John Terry.

It wasn’t all pros and ex-pros, comedian John Bishop and Westlife star Nicky Byrne also featured. But the most bizarre moment came when One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was flattened by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in a challenge. The young pop star had to go off and was physically sick at the side of the pitch, leading to Agbonlahor receiving death threats and becoming an instant hate figure for a million teenage girls around the globe.

(For the record, I feel physically sick whenever I think of One Direction so perhaps there’s some payback there. Oh, and if any young One Direction fans want to send me death threats, please feel free to email me at my email address;

france-robert-pires-euro-2000-panini-football-sticker-24281-pThe game drew the biggest crowd of the weekend at any sporting event in Britain, which was certainly a fitting tribute to an inspirational man.

At the final whistle Petrov addressed the fans: “Thank you very much, all the support and everything you have done for me throughout my career. Today you showed the world how special this place is. You made it special for me, my family and these players and thank you for standing by me.”

Petrov’s wife Paulina and their children, Stiliyan Jnr and Kristiyan, joined him on a lap of honour, where the couple were visibly overcome with emotion. A quick glance around the crowd confirmed they were not alone in their tears – it was that kind of day.

PVhooijdonk (1)Celtic XI: Louis Tomlinson, Tom Boyd, Tosh McKinlay, Jackie McNamara, Joos Valgaeren, Bobo Balde, Henrik Larsson, Morten Wieghorst, Chris Sutton, Pierre Van Hooijdonk, Jorge Cadete, Neil Lennon, Tommy Johnson, Brian McClair, Bobby Petta, Martin Compston, Didier Agathe,  Rab Douglas, Stevie Graham, Warren Brown, Jordan Sailsman, Lubo Moravcik, Johan Mjallby, Stiliyan Petrov.



Stiliyan XI: Shay Given, Radostin Kishishev, KamaraFreddie Bouma, Marian Hristov, Chris Kamara, Nicky Byrne, Robert Pires, Dimitar Berbatov, Jamie Redknapp, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Hristo Yovov, Paul Lambert, James Allan, Martin Petrov, Gareth Barry, John Bishop, Habib Beye, Carlos Cuellar, Spencer Matthews, John Terry, Stiliyan Petrov.