This edition of The Magazine Archive focuses on the short lived weekly magazine ’90 Minutes’
Owned by IPC, who own Shoot and World Soccer, it did seem strange that they would add a third publication to their repotoire.
Ryan Giggs adorns the cover with the main feature not of him, but of how winning the double isn’t enough for Manchester United.
The editor’s note comes courtesy of the magazine’s editor Paul Hawksbee, who now presents an afternoon show on Talksport.
The lead story that week was Billy Bonds shock departure as West Ham United manager on the eve of the new season starting.
The topical cartoon in the news section is frankly disturbing.
Aston Villa had just signed John Fashanu, who was combining his football career with presenting Gladiators. In the cartoon, Fashanu is in manager Ron Atkinson’s office, when Atkinson asks him for a favour, which turns out to be Ron Atkinson becoming a Gladiator.
In other news, Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark has urged star striker Stan Collymore to “Settle down and find the love of a good woman”
I’m not going to make a comment on that.
With or without the love of a good woman, Collymore was Britain’s most expensive footballer 12 months later after a £8.5m transfer to Liverpool.
The much hypes article on Manchester United explains that United’s share price rises when they win and falls when they lose. Hardly earthshattering revelations.
Meanwhile, ’90 Minutes Live’ is an opinion piece where fans are interviewed on an issue outside a ground.
Supporters were interviewed outside Ibrox prior to a pre-season tournament involving Rangers, Sampdoria, Manchester United and Newcastle United about a possible British Super League.
Jamie McDonald, a 15 year old Celtic supporter helpfully informs us “I don’t like English football or English people – or Scottish people”
Match Of The Day, celebrting it’s 30th birthday that week, gets a double page spread in it’s honour looking back at it’s illustrious history.
With the Premier League season about to start, 90 Minutes predicted the league places for the season ahead.
They said Arsenal would be Champions, how wrong they were.
It did turn out to be an eventful season for Arsenal, with Paul Merson revealing drug addiction, George Graham being sacked for taking a bung, and on the pitch, they reached the European Cup Winners Cup final.
Eventual champions Blackburn Rovers were predicted to finish 4th.
Aston Villa were predicted to finish 6th and spent most of the season battling against relegation, while Nottingham Forest were predicted to finish 12th, but ended up 3rd.
They were spot on with the prediction of Ipswich Town to finish 22nd, which they did, including a 9-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
In their foreign round-up, David Ginola featured prominently, unhappy that the PSG board vetoed a move to AC Milan. A year later, he ended up at Newcastle United. Tough break.
Towards the end is possibly the worst competition prize ever, as you can Richard Keys Sky Sports jacket, which aaccompanies a piece where the former TV-AM presenter is given a makeover.
If you can remember Sky’s coverage of the early years of the Premier League, it was clear he needed one.