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Footballers & Cars: Scottish Special Featuring Souness, Dalglish, Gray, Hansen, Smith & Stein



How 80’s Is That..?!?

Happier times for Rangers as then player-manager Graeme Souness and his assistant Walter Smith are pictured outside Ibrox with their Jaguars freshly delivered from Taggarts garage back in 1987. The pair led the club to tremendous success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, taking advantage of the ban on English clubs in Europe by bringing in the likes of Terry Butcher, Chris Woods and Trevor Steven.

After Souness left to manage Liverpool in 1991 Smith took over as the Rangers boss, and the success continued as The Gers won nine successive league titles, until Celtic finally broke their dominance in 1998 in their Centenary season.

Not sure the current incarnation of the club would be able to get their hands on a pair of Jags at present, not with their credit rating anyhow!




Driving Liverpool Forward

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish plays the role of chauffeur here – at least we hope that explains the hat – opening a Rover SD1 door for his team-mate, the cherub-faced Alan Hansen.

You can tell it was 1979; the shirt collars aren’t too silly yet the flared trousers simply refuse to go away.

No surprise these two look pleased with themselves, both were a key part of Liverpool’s amazing success in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning countless league titles and a few European Cups to boot.




Take A Bow Son!

Here’s a great picture of Wolves striker Andy Gray outside his house with his Panther in 1980. Gray joined Wolves from local rivals Aston Villa for a then British record fee of £1.5m and would later help Everton to a league title in 1985.

Gray also played 20 times for Scotland scoring seven goals, but younger fans will know him best as a TV pundit and commentator for Sky rather than as a player.


A Lions Share

Celtic manager Jock Stein is clearly pleased with his new Ford Zephyr. Here he is pictured picking it up from a garage on Glasgow’s Cumbernauld Road in 1967 –  just two days before Stein led his side to European Cup glory in Lisbon with a 2-1 win over Inter Milan, meaning they became the first British club to lift the famous trophy.


Liverpool Champions!
They Never Would Have Dreamed Back in 1990 It Would Be So Long Again

Title trio Kenny Dalglish, flanked by assistants Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans after winning the League title in 1990 small


Title trio: Kenny Dalglish, flanked by assistants Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans celebrate winning the League title in 1990, Liverpool’s 18th and last title triumph.

They clinched the league on April 28th with two games to spare, thanks to a 2-1 home win over QPR. After semi-final heartbreak against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup (a side they had beaten 9-0 earlier in the season) they won their final two games to run out 9 points ahead of runners-up Aston Villa.

Liverpool have rarely mounted any kind of a challenge for the title in the following 24 years and have seen Manchester United overhaul their total of 18 triumphs, but all that looks set to change at long last with Brendan Rodgers’ side in pole position to win their first championship of the Premier League era this season.


Liverpool v Spurs Preview
PLUS: Spurs Smashed for Seven by Rampant Reds in match from 1978

 Liverpool  v  Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday March 30th 4pm, Live on Sky Sports

LIVERPOOL   4/9   DRAW   7/2   TOTTENHAM   6/1

For the 165th meeting between the two clubs, Liverpool come into the match in second place on 65 points, while Spurs lay in 5th place on 56 points.

The first meeting came on Boxing Day in 1894 when Liverpool, who had been established just two years earlier after a dispute with Everton, played a friendly at Tottenham Marshes in a game won 3-0 by Spurs. A second visit from Liverpool was even less successful in Easter 1895 with Spurs winning 6-0.

The first Football League meeting between the two clubs took place at White Hart Lane in November 1909 with Spurs winning 1-0 thanks to a Bert Middlemiss goal. He became the first Spurs player to score against both Merseyside clubs.

The reverse fixture that season was won by Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield, which had previously been the home of Everton before their move to Goodison Park.

All 139 League meetings played to date between Spurs & Liverpool have taken place in the Top Flight of English football.

Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Anfield in March 1912 would be their last at the ground for 73 years with the jinx finally being broken when a goal from Garth Crooks won it 1-0 in March 1985.

To date, the clubs have met 7 times in the FA Cup with Tottenham’s only win coming at Anfield in the 6th Round in March 1995 when goals from Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann earned a 2-1 victory.

They have also met 7 times in the League Cup. Conversely Liverpool’s only win came in the 1982 Final at Wembley, which was won 3-1 after extra time. Steve Archibald put Spurs ahead but Ronnie Whelan’s brace and a goal from Ian Rush meant that the Reds lifted the silverware.

The teams contested the Charity Shield in August that year with League Champions Liverpool beating FA Cup Winners Spurs 1-0.

Overall, Liverpool have the upper hand over Spurs with 75 wins to 49 with 41 of the 165 matches played so far drawn.

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: A surprise result as Liverpool’s great run stalls. Correct Score of Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham at 13/1 is our tip.

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Liverpool  7-0  Tottenham Hotspur – September 2nd 1978

Tottenham hadn’t won at Anfield since the Titanic sank back in 1912 but they arrived full of hope and confidence having just strengthened their ranks with a pair of World Cup winners in Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa. But they met a Liverpool side at their imperious best that day and instead returned to London smarting from their biggest-ever League defeat.

Kenny Dalglish, a scorer in all three games so far that season, took only eight minutes to get off the mark in this one, turning to slide a low shot under Barry Daines after Jimmy Case had miscued his attempt at goal. Dalglish was on hand again after 20 minutes to put the home team firmly in control of the match. Before half-time Ray Kennedy had headed the Reds 3-0 in front and it was already clear which way the points would be going in.

David Johnson of Liverpool celebrates scoring one of his two goals in the 7-0 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur

David Johnson of Liverpool celebrates scoring one of his two goals in the 7-0 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur

Not that Liverpool were content with that, as it was in the second-half that Liverpool really tore Spurs apart. David Johnson,on as a first-half substitute for the injured Emlyn Hughes, took his chance to make a claim for a spot in the starting XI by scoring the 4th and 5th goals.

Midway through the second half Tottenham’s John Duncan made a tremendous clearance off the line to save a certain goal but then moments later tripped Heighway inside the box to concede a penalty. Phil Neal’s spot kick was saved well by Daines in the Spurs goal, but this really wasn’t the North Londoner’s day and the referee ordered a retake deciding that the Spurs ‘keeper had moved before the penalty was taken. Neal’s second attempt  had more power and accuracy than the first and Daines was unable to repeat his heroics.

Six-nil it was, but Liverpool saved the best until last. With about a quarter of an hour left came the goal of the day, perhaps the season even. It began inside Liverpool’s penalty-area during a rare spell of Spurs pressure. Clemence to Ray Kennedy, then on to Dalglish who then found Johnson waiting in the centre-circle. Johnson controlled and turned before spraying a wonderful pass out towards Heighway who was galloping up the left touchline. Heighway never broke stride as he crossed the ball first-time towards Terry McDermott, who had run almost the whole length of the pitch while all this was going on, met the cross at the far post with a bullet header which flashed past Daines who was rooted to the spot.

The goal typified Liverpool’s style during a season in which they played some wonderful football with great consistency.  At home they were almost invincible. Only four clubs even scored at Anfield and only Leeds and Everton escaped with a point that season as Liverpool stormed to their eleventh title losing only 4 games all season.

Liverpool : Clemence, Neal, Alan Kennedy, Thompson, Ray Kennedy, Hughes (Johnson), Dalglish, Case, Heighway, Souness, McDermott.

Tottenham Hotspur : Daines, McAllister, Naylor, Hoddle, Lacy, Perryman, Villa, Ardiles, Taylor, Duncan, McNab.



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.





Paisley shocks Merseyside with retirement announcement

You can’t judge a book by its cover.

On the face of it Bob Paisley was not your stereotypical top-flight football manager. He wasn’t media friendly, wore a flat cap to work and bore none of the charisma exhibited by other managers of the time such as Brian Clough and Malcolm Allison.

He was also burdened with the scepticism many had about his ability to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Bill Shankly. Indeed Paisley himself was reluctant to step into Shankly’s shoes.

Fast-forward nine season to 26th August 1982 when he announced that the 82/83 season would be his last as manager of Liverpool FC and you could hear the tide turn in the Mersey such was the shock.

For Liverpool fans everywhere realised the truth of Kenny Dalglish’s words when the Liverpool star said: “There was only one Bob Paisley and he was the greatest of them all…There will never be another like him.”

His record over those nine seasons stands head and shoulders over most other managers not just in England but wherever the game is played.

European Cup winners: 1977, 1978, 1981

UEFA Cup winners: 1976

League championship winners: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983

League Cup winners: 1981, 1982, 1983

Charity Shield winners: 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982

Manager of the Year: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983


But when Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager of Manchester United in May 2013 started a debate as to who was the greatest British manager of all time, I wonder how many put ‘Uncle’ Bob Paisley at the top of their list?

Perhaps today we look too much at image rather than substance. For many Paisley was like your favourite uncle. He didn’t rant and rave, he didn’t class himself as the special one – long before Jose Mourinho claimed the title. He simply turned up for work and got down to the business of turning eleven fit, skilful young men into world beaters. And he did it again and again.

Even there he had his detractors. There were those who said his success came from inheriting Shankly’s team, forgetting that as Shankly’s assistant Paisley had a great say in how that team was constructed.

And Shankly wasn’t the only one in the Liverpool camp with witty one liners.

For instance, when one Saturday after Shankly had retired Paisley was asked by a reporter what the former Liverpool manager was doing that afternoon he replied: “He’s trying to get right away from football. I believe he went to Everton.”

What would he have made of the debate after Ferguson’s retirement earlier this year about who was the greatest England manager? Personally I don’t think he would’ve got involved. He didn’t need to. He’d simply opened his trophy cabinet and point. Enough said.

That was Bob Paisley; a book with success written on every page, if you bothered to look beneath the cover.

By Richard Bowdery

Tartan Rampage!

How could we focus on the upcoming England v Scotland game without remembering the incredible Tartan Army invasion of Wembley and those infamous images of broken goalposts..?  Estimates are that 70,000 of the 98,000 fans were from North of the Border and looking at this photo you can almost smell the whiskey…


England 1 – 2 Scotland

EngSco1977For the travelling Scots it was joy unconfined just before halftime as the thunderous, hairy head of Gordon McQueen rose above all others in the box and powered the ball in for 0-1. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Kenny Dalglish sealed the deal with a goal of sheer willpower. After making a run & seeing his shot blocked, Dalglish forced the ball in for a 0-2 lead. England would score a late penalty in a formality before the real bedlam broke out. In truth it was celebration rather than hooliganism but some of the media went on to report it unfavourably.

The jubilation felt by the 70,000 in the Tartan Army was just too hard to contain, especially considering the last trip to Wembley was a 5-1 win for the ‘Auld Enemy’ two years earlier.

4th June 1977 Wembley Stadium

Attendance    98,103


Gordon McQueen      43     

Kenny Dalglish          59

Mick Channon (pen)  87     


Starting lineups:


Ray Clemence

Dave Watson

Mick Mills

Phil Neal

Brian Greenhoff

Emlyn Hughes (captain)

Ray Kennedy

Brian Talbot

Trevor Francis

Stuart Pearson

Mick Channon

 Manager: Don Revie


Alan Rough

Tom Forsyth

Danny McGrain

Gordon McQueen

Willie Donachie

Don Masson

Willie Johnston

Asa Hartford

Bruce Rioch (captain)

Kenny Dalglish

Joe Jordan

Manager: Ally MacLeod


Trevor Cherry for Brian Greenhoff   
Dennis Tueart for Ray Kennedy      
Lou Macari for Joe Jordan    
Archie Gemmill for Don Masson