Programme Of the Day – Manchester United vs Videoton 1985

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Your programme of the day comes to you from the 1985 UEFA Cup 1/4 Final between Manchester United and Videoton. One round after one of our previous programmes where the Mancs played Dundee United, it’s worth noting that Videoton won the tie. The rest of the programme is a wonderful mix of Walkmans, Atkinson, pennants, gazelles, and one of my all time favourite retro shirts, the Videoton two tone sponsor…where that sponsor is Videoton. I always wanted to open a Video store in Irvine called Videoton, but that’s just me…now where’s that walkman…


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…

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…




Gerry Marsden goes to Fulham



Our love of Peter Marinello lead one of our Twitter followers to tell us that Pete once hosted Top Of The Pops – hence the slightly creepy image where Peter was fixating on one of Pans Peoples eyelashes. It wasn’t the only musical dancers/football interface however. Here is an image from 1972 where The Young Generation got to take a picture pre cup final with Gerry Marsden out at Fulham. I don’t know how often TOTP or it’s equivalents got involved with football, outside of that Jimmy Saville 1/2 Celtic 1/2 Rangers top we don’t mention for reasons of taste…

Lee Sharpe – king of tat



Date: 16/09/1989

Programme: Manchester United vs Millwall

One thing you do find as you look at old football programmes and magazines is the sheer number of times Lee Sharpe pops up flogging some tat. This example comes from Manchester United’s programme against Millwall – again, we like to give you examples of Manchester Uniteds pre billion dollar commercial programme. In this case, Lee was inviting you to pick up some late 80s Manchester United crested club bags. The difference between a grip bag and a boot bag is lost to me, but at least Sharpey looks happy. He looks less happy in this photo, but the theme is the same…



Steve McClaren – the tea sipping years



Programme: Derby County vs Doncaster Rovers

Date: 03/05/1986

Sometimes in life you get out what you put in – you can wade through enormously disappointing programmes like Lokomotiv Leipzig vs Arsenal which contain absolutely no funny communist ads, or devote yourself to collecting St Mirren programmes which contain nothing more than a 200 part “Brief history of St Mirren”…but good news! If you work hard, eventually it will work out. And finding popular football manager Steve McClaren as the pin up in this Derby programme was a very exciting moment. Poor old Steve found himself in the reserves but as a consolation he got to celebrate the frosties scoring 15 goals in 2 games by drinking a refreshing cup of tea…