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



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…

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…




Manchester City – the shirt tucked into shorts years


Date: 15/04/1987

Programme: Tottenham Hotspur

There’s no doubt at the back of Manchester Citys programme against Tottenham most eyes would have been fixed on news, team line ups and league tables as City fought against relegation, but this being the blog we are, we’d like your attention drawn to the Umbro ad down the bottom (much as we’d like to big up Kevin Langley). Citys fashions are of course of the time – the chequer board shirt in particular. However, we’d like to point out the fashion crime of tucking shirt into shorts. Particularly the kid in the blue top – he’s gone for a serious tuck. Also if you squint kind of hard the guy on the left kind of looks like Michael Owen…well maybe not, but he’s just as wooden….nice bag too mate…also it’s nice there was a time pre billionaire Sheikhs Manchester Citys match ball was sponsored by TTS Meats in Cheadle and you could win a toaster at the game…

Meet the Stantons…

Date: 30/04/1978

Programme: Pat Stantons Testimonial – Hibernian vs Celtic



As we’ve mentioned before, we like to give you a gentle start to the day before we hit you with our other staple, the 70s or 80s “family snap” – despairingly the weans and wife aren’t dragged out for too many family snaps these days, but at least we have reassuring old testimonial programmes to fall back on. This family snap comes from Pat Stantons 78 testimonial at somewhere or other (I presume Easter Road) – the wife and weans are duly dragged out for a wee family shot, and in true Scottish tradition, it’s in front of the central heating…worryingly the programme promises fun from “popular Scottish comedian” Bill Barclay who’s going to get a live mic at half time to entertain the crowd. Keep it clean Bill, there’s weans in the house…