Glenn Hoddle is the cover star as Shoot counts down to the 1987 FA Cup Final between Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Glenn Hoddle gives Shoot an exclusive and revealing interview. He states that he wished Bobby Robson was appointed England manager earlier, and that if he was, he would be on course (he was 29 at the time of the interview) for 100 caps.
His England career ended in 1988 with 53 caps.
Hoddle also stated that he wished to move to Mainland Europe. He said he had turned down a move to Cologne in 1979 as he was too young, and an Achilles injury in 1984 saw Napoli withdraw their interest in making a bid for him.
He cited the examples of England team-mates Gary Lineker and Mark Hateley. At this time, there was a talent drain of English and British (Mark Hughes was already at Barcelona, and Ian Rush was soon to join Juventus) players due to a combination of being able to earn more money abroad, and most importantly, English clubs being banned from Europe as a result of Heysel.
That summer, Hoddle signed for AS Monaco, by a manager who would go on to make North London his home …… Arsene Wenger.
Interestingly, Hoddle also has his doubts as to wether Clive Allen (who scored 49 goals in 86/87) was up to the standard of international football. Allen only won 5 England caps and never scored a goal.
As part of the preview of the following week’s FA Cup Final, Tottenham’s Semi-Final win over Watford got a double page picture spread.
Gary Strodder, a rising star at West Ham, gets a full page feature.
Peter Reid gets a full page column, and writes a tribute to Everton’s squad players, who have contributed to them being on the verge of winning the title, which he believes they will. They did.
Jason Bate from from Stafford writes in to Jimmy Greaves to complain about the standard of facilities at English league grounds.
Greaves replies by saying the letter could have been written 25 years ago, and that things won’t change in another 25 years.
25 years on, I think it’s fair to say that facilities in English football have improved.
Dundee United, the first Scottish club to reach the UEFA Cup Final get a full page feature ahead of the first leg (Yes, younger readers, the UEFA Cup Final used to be 2 legs) and an interview with Iain Ferguson, who would miss the first leg through suspension.
The article comments that if Dundee United triumph, Scotland will have won all three European trophies. United lost 2-1 on aggregate, the first of three clubs (Celtic in 2003 and Rangers in 2008) to have lost the UEFA Cup Final.
Oxford United’s star striker Dean Saunders gets a full page profile, focusing on a range of coincidental similarities with former Oxford striker John Aldridge. Like Aldridge, Saunders would go on to play for Liverpool.
Shoot does a feature on the job security of managers in England’s top two divisions, and gives a rating for each manager.
Alex Ferguson, recently appointed at Manchester United, was given a rating of ‘Room For Improvement’
13 League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups and 1 Cup Winners Cup later, i’d say things have improved.
In their section on world football, Soviet Union goalkeeper Rinat Dasiev confidently predicts that his side will win Euro 88, and that England will be their biggest rivals.
Soviet Union reached the final, losing 2-0 to Holland, having been in the same group as England. That match finished 3-1 to Soviet Union, as England finished bottom of their group, losing all 3 matches.
In the name of equality, Coventry’s FA Cup Semi-Final win over Leeds gets a double page spread.
This week’s player profile was of Kevin Gallacher, looking forward to the UEFA Cup Final with Dundee United.
His favourite TV shows are “Grange Hill and all sports programmes” and his favourite band are Simple Minds