Programme of the Day – West Ham vs QPR 1992

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It’s not all sunshine and light with our programme of the day today – West Hams “bond issue” scandal (remember that?) had death threats being issued to board members, warnings to attend the game safely, and the Hammers rock bottom of the league with returning hero “Ra Frankie Boy” in full colour glory on the cover in his ill fated post Celtic spell. However for our purposes, there’s plenty of entertainment on display. Geoff Hurst gets some windows, fashion statements from stars such as Bishop and Breacker, a lovely photo of “Mad Dog” and an invitation to the Grand Summer Ball…which hopefully went a little better than that Demba Ba one from a few years ago…

Programme Of The Day – Southampton vs Spurs 1985

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Todays programme of the day comes from 1985 as Southampton welcomed Spurs to the Dell, and gave the programme over to mid 80s salad days Greavsie. This wasn’t any old era for Greavsie, but his TV-AM days when he got to pontificate on anything, leading him to campaign against repeats. And he’s on form with the predictions – “I don’t know what could happen” – that’s the spirit. Elsewhere, coming not long after Southampton lost 7-0 to Luton, spirits are raised by trophies shaped like spanners, Shilts mad dog, and a feature on the family enclosure…

Merchandise Catalogue of the Day – Spurs 89 Spring Catalogue

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Ah, now this….when I was a kid I spent some time at Fir Park in Motherwell (not by choice) and the local programme bemoaned the way Hibs and Hearts programmes were now A4, and then in a fit of “world gone mad innit” pique bemoaned not only were Tottenham charging 2 quid for a programme, it was not only A4, but it also had a merchandise catalogue in it! Imagine! Well a fair while later I did get one of these merchandise catalogues, and it’s a work of art that the grumpy Motherwell editor didn’t tell us about. For shame. Gazza, Waddle, and for no real reason, Ally McCoist…

Programme Of The Day – Sunderland vs Leeds 1976 – Bobby Kerrs Testimonial

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Our programme of the day has had a familiar cover – from the moment I saw it the programme from Bobby Kerrs 1976 testimonial programme has been one of my must haves, containing an immortal 1970s cover and a gigantic amount of brown. In fact it could be the initial inspiration for this whole blog. So opening it up was always going to be something I got round to eventually. Luckily Bobby lived up to the billing of the cover, as he had the good sense to dress as a little general just for the purposes of this blog (probably). And there’s so much more – Brian Clough, inaccurate 1976 Cup Final ads, caravans, bikes, windmills…truly a magical wonderland…

Programme Of The Day – Birmingham vs Reading 1987

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Your programme of the day comes to you from the dying days of the 1986/7 season as relegation battlers Birmingham City and Reading faced off at St Andrews. The programme is dominated by the modelling debut of Noreen Campbell, the fresh faced young un having just been voted Miss Birmingham City 1987 – a prestigious title with a long lineage as we saw earlier. Of course Noreen was saddled with the unenviable task of making milk in a crate and a “new FSO car” look appealing…elsewhere meanwhile Ian Botham, John Conteh, Suzanne Dando and our old pal Dennis Waterman were part of the Walk For Life (the largest soccer peace event in history apparently). Also featured were youngsters Julian Dicks and Carlton Palmer, plus Primitives back up drummer Nicky Platnauer, and a quite terrifying of Tony Rees that looks like a crime scene drawing from a child witness…

Perestroika (and a wee Elena) comes to Portman Road

Date: 21/01/1989

Programme: Ipswich Town vs Stoke City

I saw this elsewhere online, but I wanted my own copy for the records and ended up paying probably too much on postage for it like an eedjit. Still, it’s not every day you can pick up a programme with a) an article about the first Soviet player to play in English football, b) a “fabulous football burd”, c) a future famous tennis player as a wee lassie in a parka and a pair of earmuffs, d) a future St Mirren player, e) a full reprint of a programme from 1939 and f) well that’s probably enough. We mentioned before about the CIS vs Argentina at Old Trafford and it’s odd juxtaposition of commerce and communism, but now let’s examine a quick double scan as Perestroika and a wee tiny Elena Baltacha comes all the way to Portman Road…

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