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 – Sunderland vs Leeds 1976 – Bobby Kerrs Testimonial



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…

Auctionman 2 – The Legend Continues



Although like a lot of Scottish programmes of “the day” not containing enough images to justify a programme of the day, this classic advert from Clydebanks Premier League game against Celtic is well worth a post. Auctionman being an exciting summer signing for the Bankies, and obviously in no way is he based on Roy Of The Rovers, oh no no…also worth a post for some fantastic retro Clydebank tracksuits. Auction, Billy Connolly, Wet Wet Wet, Jim Fallon as Santa, the joint programme with the Saints…are Clydebank the “Coventry City” of Scottish Football, our favourite retro team? They would be, if I wasn’t still bitter about our 1990 Cup defeat…

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…

Programme Of The Day – Liverpool vs Club Brugge 1978



Todays programme of the day is a horrendous to scan look at the 78 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Club Brugge (featuring Russ Abbott apparently). ITV sport were plugging one hell of a retro panel for the World Cup, Liverpool still had industry, and the styling Liverpool fan of the era could not only get a Liverpool mirror but listen to the game on fine speakers, watch the film of the game on wax cylinder, and then enjoy the pre game entertainment of The Mancini March…it was, as they say, quite the night….

High Spirits and Hi Jinks with Jenny Harrison



Programme: Reading vs Cardiff City

Date: 11/01/1986

Meanwhile, over at Reading, it was all happening in the New Year. For fans of footballers at pubs and footballers in pubs with “burds” this one is a terrific treat. One thing you don’t see anymore in these shots of course is the woman being lifted into the air, so consider this redressing the balance. Reading also spent some programme space giving things far and wide to the kids, but we’ll get to that very soon…

Advent Calendar Image #2 – Jim Fallon meets Santa

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Yes, yesterday we kicked off our search for Xmas football images in the vainglorious hope we could find 24 of them to create a tenuous “advent calendar” theme. Luckily, we’ve found 2 so far. This one is more obviously “Christmassy” than yesterdays (David Speedie at the Chelsea Xmas party in a funny hat) as Clydebank legend Jim Fallon and I think someone from Dundee United get to meet not only a top Scottish whistler (c The Daily Record) but also Santa! How Christmassy! Santa hopefully had a better time than young Miles at a Clydebank game – Santa brought me a Ken Eadie hat-trick and getting dumped out the cup by the Bankies in the pishing rain. It was, oddly, as good as it got for Saints in those days…