MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – JANUARY 1986

Bryan Robson is the cover star of the first World Soccer of 1986, a year he hopes will bring him glory for club and country, neither of which have celebrated glory since the 1960s.

The draw for the 1986 World Cup has taken place, the first World Cup where final group games are played simultaneously, amid complaints of travelling between stadiums.

This draw gets plenty of coverage. The group stages sees Italy and Argentina paired together, the 4th successive World Cup they would meet each other.

There is a feature on Canada captain Bruce Wilson, who finds himself without a club six months before the tournament, while Morocco get a profile.

There is a double page report on Juventus, who have just won the World Club after beating Argentinos Juniors on penalties.

There is a feature on European Cup Quarter-Finalists Steau Bucharest.

In Austria, Bruno Pezzey has been appointed captain of the national side, as they aim to qualify for Euro 88.

In England, it looked like Manchester United were going to run away with the title, but have been pulled back by Liverpool after a series of bad results.

Malcolm Allison has the World Cup on his mind, but the 1990 one, having been appointed manager of Kuwait.

In Turkey, there is unrest at Fenerbache, with players protesting at bonuses that were promised to the squad not being paid.

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THE UEFA 102 CLUB – 2019 UPDATE

Caught out by an earlier draw date this year, it’s time to look at what members of the UEFA 102 Club might cross my path over the next twelve months.

You need to ask what it is? Well, 102 clubs have played in the Final of a European Club competition and this is my progress trying to see them all. Not very well might I add.

There were no new members this year, so we stay at 102.

Linfield are unseeded in the European Cup and can draw Celtic (already got), Red Star Belgrade (yes please, crap from a chance of progressing point of view, but from a seeing Red Star Belgrade point of view, bloody brilliant) or Slovan Bratislava.

Dundalk are seeded and can be drawn against a member club in Ferencvaros.

If wither of them progress to the 2nd Round, a potential tie against Dinamo Zagreb (already got) could await.

If either get to the 3rd Round, Ajax (already got) could await.

There are unsurprisingly lots of member clubs already in the group stages, too many for me to list. I might do an updated post if Linfield get that far.

In the UEFA Cup, Ballymena United and Cliftonville have to go into a Preliminary Round. Now assuming they both get through, they will be unseeded in the 1st Round draw, as will St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers.

I’ll be in Dublin on the night of the 1st Leg, so this will have an interest for me.

Possible opponents include : Steaua Bucharest, Malmo, Aberdeen (got), Rangers (got) and Dinamo Tblisi.

Cork City and Crusaders will be seeded and won’t face a member club.

It gets fun in the 2nd Round with AS Roma (got), Eintracht Frankfurt, Espanyol (got), Wolves (got) and AZ joining in.

In Round 3, Braga (got), Feyenoord (got), Austria Vienna and Royal Antwerp could await.

2018-2019 saw me not add a single member to my pitiful total of 36.

The full list of clubs is below. Clubs I have seen are in bold with the year first seen in brackets.

1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
1. FC Magdeburg
1860 Munich
Aberdeen (2011)
Ajax (2012)

Anderlecht
Arsenal (2003)
AS Monaco
Aston Villa (1993)
Athletic Bilbao
Atlético Madrid (2011)
Austria Wien
AZ Alkmar
Barcelona (2011)
Bastia
Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich
Benfica (2000)
Birmingham City (2010)

Bordeaux
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Braga (2011)
Carl Zeiss Jena
Casino Salzburg
Celtic (2009)
Chelsea (1997)

Club Brugge
CSKA Moscow
Deportivo Alavés
Dinamo Tbilisi
Dinamo Zagreb (2008)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Dundee United (2013)
Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Moscow
Eintracht Frankfurt
Espanyol (2015)
Everton (2014)

Ferencváros
Feyenoord (1999)
Fiorentina
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Fulham (2001)
Galatasaray
Górnik Zabrze
Hamburg
IFK Göteborg
Internazionale
Ipswich Town
Juventus
Köln
KV Mechelen
Lazio
Leeds United (1999)
Liverpool (1994)

Malmö FF
Manchester City (2000)
Manchester United (1993)
Marseille (1992)

Mechelen
Middlesbrough (1995)
AC Milan
MTK Hungária
Napoli
Newcastle United (1993)
Nottingham Forest (1996)

Panathinaikos
Paris Saint-Germain
Parma
Partizan Belgrade
Porto (2011)
PSV Eindhoven (2015)
Rangers (2002)

Rapid Wien
Real Madrid (2003)
Real Mallorca
Real Zaragoza
Red Star Belgrade
Roma (2007)
Royal Antwerp
Saint-Étienne
Sampdoria (2017)
Schalke 04
Sevilla (2014)
Shakhtar Donetsk
Slovan Bratislava
Sporting CP
Stade de Reims
Standard Liège
Steaua București
Torino
Tottenham Hotspur (2010)
Twente
Újpest
Valencia (2015)
VfB Stuttgart
Videoton
Werder Bremen
West Ham United (1997)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2010)

Zenit Saint Petersburg

STROKE CITY STREET ART – JUNE 2019

With my football season over, I decided to make the most of my free Saturdays by heading Foyleside.

It wasn’t primarily a Street Art trip, but it would be rude not to take my camera with me and see what I can snap,

I hadn’t properly visited the city since 2007 though I have made working visits since.

Those visits were usually getting off the bus and heading to the office not seeing much. Apart from one, where I managed to cram a whole day into a lunch hour, and managed to get some photos.

For this visit, I decided I would be heading by train. For the sake of twenty minutes extra, I preferred the comfort and having a table seat to myself, setting off at 8.10am armed with my Bradshaw’s Guide*

*Not strictly true, just a couple of freesheets and the new copy of Q, because when they put a Gallagher on the cover, I give them my money and don’t ask any questions.

As I walked onto the platform at Great Victoria Street, you’ll never guess who I saw.

If you can’t work it out, you can phone a friend to see if they know.

Under any other circumstances, walking past Chris Tarrant would be quite cool, but it felt disappointing that it wasn’t Michael Portillo.

In case you are wondering what he was doing, he was filming for Extreme Railway Journeys on Channel Five.

I know Translink have a bit of a reputation, but describing them as “Extreme railway journeys” seems a bit much.

And there was me thinking I was making a scenic railway journey.

Whenever I make the journey by bus, one of the things that is hard to miss when you approach the City Centre is a giant mural on Glendermott Street. Being close to the Train Station, this was my first place to visit, getting some photos of that mural.

As well as I could try, as it was hard to get decent backlift for photos as you would be standing in the middle of the road, which is generally frowned upon.

From there, I walked along the Peace Bridge into the City Centre, having a nosey in the Guidhall.

As with any city I visit, I like to wander about and stumble into things. One piece of Street Art I stumbled upon was a mural of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.

From there, I stumbled upon some absolute hidden gems such as Smart Swag, which has a Derry Girls painting done in the style of a comic book, amongst the art and random stuff they supply.

I’ve got a house move coming up soon, so if you’re stuck for an idea for a gift, nudge nudge.

I also stumbled upon a fantastic vintage shop called Bedlam. The highlight was following the signage advertising a shop called The Yellow Yard which captured my curiosity. It was worth it.

Second hand football shirts, CDs, records, posters, pillows with artwork on them. You have to see for yourself how wonderful a shop it is.

Other highlights included a trip to the Craft Village just off Shipquay Street and a browse through a shop called The Warehouse.

But back to the Street Art. As I said earlier, I wasn’t going specifically for Street Art, but it would have been remiss of me not to get a photo of the Derry Girls mural.

Painted to promote the second series of the show, i’m not usually a fan of advertising mural, but it’s done in a way, like the John Lydon mural in Bangor, that it doesn’t say it’s an advert, and therefore won’t date.

Located in Orchard Street, it is very easy to find. It’s on a hill, so you can get to experiment with angles when taking photos of it.

Be warned though, there may be queues of people wanting to photograph it. As well as that, it is at the side of a pub, so you may have people sitting at a table featuring in your shot.

That mural was organised by UV Arts, an arts organisation based in the city.

I wondered why Gerry Quinn from Derry Girls didn’t have a mural, but I think it might be because he’s a useless shite.

Because I only had a day there, I would be confined to the City Centre, so I wouldn’t get to travel too far.

That meant I didn’t get to see a new piece called Stag With A Bag in the Rosemount area of the city.

That was done by Irony, who is a regular visitor to Belfast and has featured on this blog. He also did another piece in Derry with his leftover paint where Praxis is based, but I didn’t get a chance to see that either. Maybe next time.

If I did have more time on my hands, I might have also taken a trip to see Drumahoe, the abandoned football stadium which has become a morbid tourist attraction, albeit not quite on Chernobyl type levels due to it being abandoned since a flood in August 2017.

I didn’t get a chance when I waited at the Park and Ride beside the ground last November due to time constraints, so I plan to have a look around there when Linfield are away to Institute next season.

Abandonment was a theme of the weekend, with a talk by Abandoned NI (you should check out their rather excellent Facebook page) at Vault Studios as part of Belfast Photo Festival.

Unfortunately, I faffed about and it sold out before I could get a ticket. My bad.

Talking of Vault Studios, i’m planning to get some photos of the Street Art outside it, so watch this space.

Back to my visit Foyleside, it was an enjoyable day out, saw some Street Art, visited some decent independent shops and got sore feet from lots of walking about.

And I got a celeb spot.

It’s such an easy city to navigate around, you can pick up where is where very quickly. I’ll definitely plan on making a return visit. I might even make it a June thing with there being no football one.

There’s also a lot of spare wallspace. Hopefully, if I do come back, it will be filled up with more Street Art.

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Stroke City Street Art October 2015

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 7.6.2019

1. Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
2. Liam Gallagher – Shockwave
3. Lewis Capaldi – Grace
4. Feeder – Save Us
5. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Rattling Rose

So, are you all excited? Tonight is The Story Of 1988 on BBC Four. So, to get you in the mood ahead of that and the next year of Top Of The Pops repeats, here’s a chart for you.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1988

1. Jane Weidlin – Rush Hour
2. U2 – Angel Of Harlem
3. Ofra Haza – Im Nin Alu
4. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
5. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be Lucky

It appears that yesterday was Sweden’s National Day. I only found out after their promotional bus was packing up outside Belfast City Hall. So here’s some Swedish songs for you

FIVE SONGS BY SWEDISH ACTS

1. Europe – The Final Countdown
2. Roxette – Joyride
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool
4. Ace Of Base – The Sign
5. Emilia – Big Big World

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – MAY 1997

This edition of Football Italia previews the FA Cup Final. Confused? Don’t be, this year’s final featured Italians such as Fabrizio Ravanelli and Gianfranco Zola, who were the cover stars of this magazine.

In news, there is a two page report of Italy’s win over Poland in a World Cup Qualifier, which leaves Italy four points clear at the top of the group with only two games to play, although second place England have three games remaining.

Angry AS Roma fans went out to protest at the sale of Francisco Totti to AC Milan which was announced on local radio, only to discover they were victims of an April Fools prank.

There is a report on Juventus reaching the European Cup Final, while Fiorentina’s failure to reach the European Cup Winners Cup Final could see Gabriel Batistuta decide to leave the club.

In ads, Corinthian are bringing out a range of miniature figurines of Serie A star such as Paul Ince and Roberto Baggio.

Not to be left out, Inter Milan get a profile after reaching the UEFA Cup Final.

It’s a month of cup finals, as the Coppa Italia Final between Vicenza and Napoli gets previewed.

Juventus feature prominently in this edition, with profiles of Michele Padovano and Christian Vieri.

Juve’s French players, Zinedine Zidane and Didier Deschamps get profiled in a feature of French players in Serie A.

Roberto Baggio gets a double page feature as his form declines.

The is a five page profile of the FA Cup Final, with Italian interest aplenty in the line-ups of Chelsea and Middlesbrough.

This magazine is very black and white, with Udinese also getting a profile.

The magazine ends with a review of recent matches, as the 1996/1997 season reaches it’s conclusion.

FEEDER – LIVE AT HOLYWOOD RUGBY CLUB (HOLYWOOD HARMONY) 1.6.2019

So, I went to North Down’s big concert.

No not that one, the one the following Saturday, as Feeder performed at Holywood Rugby Club as part of Holywood Harmony.

If you don’t know, Holywood Harmony is a relatively new music festival taking place in Holywood, funnily enough, usually in the first weekend of June.

Getting there was easy, I decided to drive though the train was also available as an option, and managed to get parked at a Public Car Park a five minute walk from the venue.

Holywood is one of my semi regular cycling routes, so I know my way about the town, so I knew how to find the venue easily enough. If you do visit Holywood any time soon, may I recommend you visit The Cove, which is an absolutely fantastic retro/vintage store.

It’s good that there are concerts and events in Northern Ireland outside of Belfast. Even though Belfast concerts are convenient for me, it’s good to see something different in the concert listings.

I arrived at the venue at around 8pm, so I missed Dea Matrona, which was a pity as I’ve seen some videos of their songs and they sound decent.

Fun Lovin Criminals were only a couple of minutes into their set when I arrived.

They are a band who are a bit background music to me. If they were on the radio I wouldn’t turn them down, but I might not turn them up. If they were the headline act and Feeder the main support, I might have headed home after Feeder’s set.

That sounds like I think they’re rubbish, that’s not true, they’ve done some decent tunes.

Curiously, I won their 2001 album Loco in a competition on a website.

Huey told the crowd that their Puerto Rican groove was keeping the rain away, blaming Flybe for a slight spittle of raindrops after one of their aicrafts flew over the venue.

The set wasn’t without difficulties, as a power failure saw them have to leave the stage for a few minutes, only for more technical difficulties which saw the microphones not working.

Huey’s interaction with the crowd that we did hear included him bigging up Feeder, a bit of mutual appreciation between the bands with Grant Nicholas returning the favour, bigging up Fun Loving Criminals, as well as complimenting “The three girls” who were on earlier, that being Dea Matrona.

Huey also started a diplomatic incident with shoutouts to Belfast.

Thoughts and prayers are with the Postman or Postwoman whose route covers his house, as he will be bombarded with angry letters from people pointing out that Holywood is in North Down and East Belfast and that they’ll never sell their house for £1m if people think they live in East Belfast.

I think somebody might have briefed Grant Nicholas behind the scenes as he did shout outs to Holywood during his set, although there were occasional slips where he referred to being in Belfast.

In previous years, this festival had been held in a tent, but this year was the first year it became an outdoor event. I’d bought my ticket on the basis that this would be in a tent, so it was disheartening when I discovered it would be outdoors.

Not because of the weather, but because of you know what, or rather, you know who.

As with any outdoor event in Northern Ireland, it was infested with absolute fucking tramps on the fags and vapes, Stewards as well, so my hopes of some clean air while enjoying Feeder were zero.

Yep, it’s still an epidemic and a battle we are losing. Disgracefully, it’s a battle we as a society don’t even seem interested in winning.

Demand better. I’ve seen that plastered on election posters the past two months. That’s what i’m doing. Hopefully, the newly elected council line-ups will be making it a priority during this forthcoming term.

Because of this, I have absolutely no enthusiasm for outdoor concerts. I’m letting the bastards win. I shouldn’t do this but I have no choice. My heart sinks when someone I like announces an outdoor show in Belfast. I either give it a miss, or go and be surrounded by scum like that.

Thankfully, The Killers are flogging an album from two years ago, so I won’t feel bad about giving their Ormeau Park concert a miss, especially as they played Belfast in November 2017 when promoting that album.

Thankfully, the rest of Belsonic, George Ezra aside, is shite, so no loss there. And as George Ezra hasn’t released new material since his last Belfast concert means giving his Belfast concert a miss will be no loss.

Grown adults who smoke or vape should be made to explain themselves. Seriously, how do you have such a lack of self awareness to be so smelly and not be embarrassed by it?

The fact that people who should be told to fuck off are emboldened and empowered to strut about like they own the place should be a bit of an indicator that we have failed as a society.

Surely i’m not the only one who feels this way? I can’t be the only one who thinks that this should not be normal or acceptable.

Come on folks, let’s be better than that.

One good thing about this concert was that there was a second stage at the other end of the pitch which had performers during the gap between acts on the main stage, which was a good way of killing time.

Feeder came on stage and belted out their hits, a lot of jumping up and down was done during Buck Rogers, with Grant Nicholas saying that he did a session on the radio with Gerry Kelly who he described as a legend.

For clarity, that’s the ex UTV guy and not the guy who parks where he likes outside gyms.

There were problems with the stage lights during Feeder’s set, sometimes the lights flickered, came on and then off, with Grant Nicholas explaining that this was due to a generator blowing.

Thankfully, I was relatively close enough to the stage (not right beside it, but still a decent view) so I was still able to see them during the lighting issues.

Coming on later than scheduled meant there was no time for an encore so they had to make up the time by blasting through as many songs as possible.

Nicholas asked the song for a request, he knew that they wanted, and teased the opening riff to Just A Day, which is what the band signed off on.

With a new album out in August, Nicholas promised a Belfast concert when they tour that album.

Of course, last week was Snow Patrol’s homecoming concert at Ward Park in Bangor. I didn’t go to it. I like some songs by them but not enough to spend all day in a field in the pishing rain surrounded by smelly tramps on the fags or vapes.

This week, it was announced they will be performing at The Duncairn Centre as part of Other Voices visit to Belfast (their second visit to Belfast)

If you don’t know, Other Voices is RTE’s flagship music show, a random blend every week, filmed in Dingle but they sometimes go on trips around the world to film in other cities. You should give it a try if you get the chance.

I’ve applied for tickets to be in the audience, so wish me luck.

I was hoping that The Divine Comedy would be doing an instore gig at HMV ahead of the release of their new album, like they did in 2016.

As yet, nothing has been announced.

If not, then my next scheduled concert isn’t until October, then it’s a bit of a cluster, with The Divine Comedy, OMD and Two Door Cinema Club all in the diary.

And maybe, i’ll look at John Power in Warrenpoint if Linfield are away to Warrenpoint Town that day.

Photo Album

Feeder live at The Limelight 2018

Feeder live at The Limelight 2016

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : 2018-2019

So, finally, the 2018-2019 season is over.

For me, my match going season ended three weeks ago, but i’m only getting round to doing a statistical analysis now.

If you want a qualitative analysis, Irish League was great, English Football was not so great.

So here, is my matchgoing breakdown of 2018-2019

Matches attended : 50

Goals Seen : 140

Red Cards : 7

Missed Penalties : 3

Hat-Tricks : 3

Jimmy Callacher, Linfield v Newry City
Andrew Waterworth, Linfield v Cliftonville
Jordan Stewart, Linfield v Warrenpoint Town

Teams Seen : 28

Albion Rovers (1st time), Ards, Austria, Ballymena United, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1st time), BSC Young Boys (1st time), Burnley, Cardiff City (1st time), Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Drogheda United, Dundela, Dungannon Swifts, Edinburgh City, Estonia, Glenavon, Glentoran, Institute, Knockbreda (1st time), Linfield, Manchester United, Newry City, Northern Ireland, PSNI, Shelbourne (1st time), Warrenpoint Town

Stadiums Visited : 18

Ainslie Park, Ballymena Showgrounds, Breda Park (1st time), Clandeboye Park, Coleraine Showgrounds, Milltown, Mourneview Park, Newforge, Newry Showgrounds, Old Trafford, Seaview, Solitude, Stangmore Park, The Brandywell (1st time), The Oval, Tolka Park, Wilgar Park, Windsor Park

Competitions : 10

County Antrim Shield, European Championship Qualifiers, European Cup, FA Premier League, Irish Cup, Irish League, League Of Ireland Division One (1st time), NIFL Cup, Scottish Challenge Cup, UEFA Nations League (1st time)

Oddities :

A cat ran on to the pitch during Warrenpoint Town v Linfield in September.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – NOVEMBER 1986

Nery Pumpido is the cover star of World Soccer as he aims to win a unique double of World Cup for both club and country in the same year, as River Plate are getting ready for the World Club Cup Final.

Kier Radnedge’s editorial focuses on the perilous state of defending continental champions France, Steau Bucharest and Argentinos Juniors, as they try to defend their trophies.

APOEL of Cyprus have been banned for European competition for two years after failing to turn up for their European Cup tie against Besiktas.

Also facing a possible European ban were Feyenoord, after crowd trouble at a UEFA Cup tie in Germany.

Juventus face Real Madrid in the 2nd Round of the European Cup, prompting Juventus President Giampiero Bonipierti calling for a seeding system in the European Cup.

There are Club Focuses on Sion, Anderlecht and IFK Gothenborg. The Swedish side recently won their league title, securing a place in the 1987-1988 European Cup, a competition they would go into as holders of the UEFA Cup, beating Dundee United 2-1 on aggregate.

There are four pages dedicated to the results of the early rounds of the three European competitions.

In their round-up from England, Manchester United are looking for a new manager, but only due to a printing error as it says Billy McNeill left Manchester United (It was actually Manchester City) for Aston Villa.

That month, United would actually have a managerial vacancy due to the sacking of Ron Atkinson, being replaced by Alex Ferguson.

Paolo Maldini has just been called into the Italy Under 21 squad for the first time, his dad Cesare being the Chief Scout for the Under 21s.

Branko Elsner offered his resignation as Austria manager after a 4-0 defeat to Romania, their biggest competitive defeat since 1978, while across the border in Switzerland, the national team lost their opening Euro 88 Qualifier, 2-0 to Sweden.

The magazine ends with a full round-up of results and fixtures of the Euro 88 Qualifiers.