With the start of the new season on the horizon BOBBY has delved into it’s archives to bring you a random selection of photos from years gone by of footballers preparing for the new campaign.
Whilst some approaches were perhaps a little less scientific than others, the pics are a great snapshot of the enthusiasm players brought to the game. They may not have been super-rich like footballers of today, but they certainly realised they were happier being paid to play than work down a pit for example.
Two Bob: A great photo of Bobby Robson and Bobby Charlton training with England at Roehampton ahead of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
Lumber-Up: Chelsea players workout using a 125lbs tree log to stretch during a pre-season training session in 1953.
Poetry: West Ham centre-half Bobby Moore heads the ball during a pre-season training session in Chadwell Heath in August 1962.
Burn Out: Pat Jennings and his epic sideburns in action during a Tottenham training session in 1973.
Lion King: Goalkeeper Brian King of Millwall springs into life in July 1969.
Photocall: Fulham’s Len Fisher limbers up with some stretching in pre-season at Craven Cottage, 1939.
Balls Up: Champions Chelsea get in some heading practice at Stamford Bridge in 1955.
Chin Up: Jimmy Hill goes through his paces at a Craven Cottage training session, 1958.
New Boy: Diego Maradona seen here training with his new Napoli teammates in the mountain resort of Castel del Piano in central Italy on July 27th 1984.
High Gunner: Arsenal’s Frank McLintock showing off his leaping skills ahead of the 1968-69 season.
Scorcher: Manchester United manager Wilf McGuiness with George Best during a training session in 1970.
Hoops: Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon watches Bertie Auld and Bobby Lennox enjoying a bit of the old running in-and-out-of-tyres routine in this training shot from 1967. Earlier that year Jock Stein’s brilliant collection of local players became the first British team to win the European Cup when they beat Inter Milan in Lisbon.
Hairy: Chelsea defender Dave Webb, sporting an impressive beard, seen here in training in Mitcham, south London, before the 1970-71 season. At the end of the previous campaign, Webb had scored the extra-time winner in that feisty FA Cup final replay against Leeds at Old Trafford.
Natter: Tottenham captain Danny Blanchflower (left), and team-mate Dave Mackay, sit and chat tactics during a training session at Cheshunt, in July 1962 as they prepare for the start of the 1962-63 season.