Billed as “England’s hottest striker”, Andy Cole is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine, as they face a busy run of games domestically ahead of the return of European football in March.

That European action is a European Cup Quarter-Final against Inter Milan, and they get a profile for fans looking to swot up on their knowledge of the Italian giants.

Cover star Cole gets a four page profile, revealing that he was delighted when it was announced that Dwight Yorke had signed for United.

Another interviewee is Brian Kidd, who is being interviewed having just left the club to become manager at Blackburn.

Brian McClair has also joined him at Blackburn, with Kidd joking that he can start up a new diary. United’s new diarist Jaap Stam comments about how this is the first season in his career without a Winter break.

Naturally, there are reviews of recent matches, this edition looking back at a draw filled December 1998.

The magazine ends with Jesper Blomqvist and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going head to head in a quiz, which is also a Scandinavian derby. Ole wins by six to five, but didn’t know who the Lead Singer of The Cardigans is.


Steve Kember of Crystal Palace is the cover star of Goal in the final months of 1971.

As you open the magazine, Francis Lee is telling Goal about how much he hates defensive football.

The big match of the weekend is previewed as Derby take on West Brom, with Derby unbeaten in their opening eight games of the season.

Bobby Charlton uses his column to say that George Best not facing any further action for his red card at Chelsea was a boost for Manchester United.

There is a profile of Brian Labone of Everton, as he looks set to overtake the club’s appearance record.

In Rugby, several Lions players are consuming football during a short-break, with Barry John attending Cardiff City matches while Mike Gibson trained with Glentoran.

Talking of switching sports, a top athlete has said that Colin Bell of Manchester City could be a star as a Half Mile Runner.

Hull City manager Terry Neill is interviewed, with ambitions for getting the club promoted to the top flight, but insists that the club needs to get their infrastructure sorted first off the pitch before having a promotion challenging team.

There is a review of the opening games in European competition, with the big headline being a defeat for Celtic in the 1st Leg of their 1st Round tie in the European Cup against BK Copenhagen.

Jimmy Hill uses his column to state that tougher referring won’t put off defenders, they’ll just find another way to stop strikers.

In Glasgow, Rangers are put through a rigorous training regime on what is known as “Murder Hill”.

Mick Channon has found himself a new interest outside of football, he owns a Hairdresser’s.

There is a profile of one of the brightest talents in English football, Tommy Cassidy of Newcastle United.

England have a European Championship Qualifier against Switzerland coming up, and Goal is offering fans the chance to travel to the game (ticket included) for £16.50.

The magazine ends with a poster of Rodney Marsh.


  1. Alphabeat – Danmark’s Dynamite
  2. The Alarm – The Red Wall Of Cymru
  3. Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
  4. Marshmello X Jonas Brothers – Leave Before You Love Me
  5. Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin

You may or may not have noticed, but an international football tournament starts today.

As is tradition, here’s a group by group chart by acts from the competing countries.


  1. Yello – Oh Yeah
  2. Spagna – Call Me
  3. Stereophonics – Dakota
  4. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  5. Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita


  1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
  2. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
  3. The Rasmus – In The Shadows
  4. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
  5. Rasmussen – Higher Ground


  1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
  2. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
  3. Shocking Blue – Venus
  4. Focus – Hocus Pocus
  5. Opus – Life Is Life


  1. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
  2. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
  3. Del Amriti – Always The Last To Know
  4. Echo and the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
  5. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew


  1. Roxette – Joyride
  2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
  3. Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
  4. Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie
  5. ABBA – Supertrouper


  1. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
  2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
  3. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
  4. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
  5. Lena – Satellite


They didn’t know it then, but we were in the final few months of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as Manchester United manager, as Wayne Rooney is the cover star of the club’s official magazine, previewing the run-in to the 2012-2013 season.

Sir Alex’s column comments on United’s good domestic form, but isn’t counting his chickens that the Premier League is already won, despite United’s healthy lead, and even comments on United’s pre-season tour of Australia in the summer.

That pre-season tour got a full page feature, with games in Asia being added to it.

Rio Ferdinand is interviewed, as he looks back on his younger days and the people who made him.

By now, Brian McClair has a column rather than a diary, and he talks about his friendship with Mark Hughes.

Cover star Rooney gets a five page interview, where he lists his three favourite games of the season, away wins at Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

This month marked ten years since Darren Fletcher made his United debut, and there a look at his ten best moments as a United player.

As is usual with this magazine, there is a look back at the previous month’s games, and February 2013 was a month where United made progress both Domestically and in Europe.

There is a focus on youth, where young goalkeeper Sam Johnstone gets a profile.


“Last chance to see” screams the headline accompanying cover stars Blur. That turned out to be a lie, as I saw Blur in August 2013.

As you open the magazine, there are five pages dedicated to Stone Roses comeback with a large scale concert at Heaton Park in Manchester.

Talking of concerts, there is a look at the recent trend of Meet and Greets, looking at the various packages on offer and the fans who have taken advantage of them.

In future albums, there is a page dedicated to Foals, who are working on a new album for release in “Early 2013”.

Graeme Swann takes Q through his record collection, singing the praises of Queen, Oasis, Stereophonics, The Bluetones and Pink Floyd.

The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions is Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips, who states that he would make a good Doctor Who.

As the summer is now long gone, Q dedicates eight pages to reviewing the festivals of 2012 in the UK, although they did manage to go to Portugal for one.

Cover stars Blur get seven pages, as the band gets ready for a concert at Hyde Park, unsure of what direction for the band to go next.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Tom Meighan from Kasabian, who reveals he would like to do a Mowtown covers album.