MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : GOAL – 17.5.1969

Billy Bremner and Gary Sprake, holding the league title, are the cover stars of this week’s edition of Goal, with Leeds United having just won the title for the first time.

Bobby Charlton uses his column to say that Manchester United can get goals against who he considers to be the world’s best defence in AC Milan in the Second Leg of their European Cup Semi-Final.

They managed one, but it wasn’t enough, as a 2-0 defeat in the First Leg saw AC Milan go through 2-1 on aggregate.

There is a profile on Crystal Palace, newly promoted to the top flight, with manager Bert Head saying they have the players to survive.

Leeds title success gets a double page feature, including a look at the success so far in Don Revie’s seven years in charge.

There is a review of the Home Championship, won by England who won all three of their matches, with it being suggested that England can win back to back World Cups the following year in Mexico.

There is more Leeds coverage, with Mick Jones believing the club can win the European Cup the following year, while there is also a poster of the title winning team.

There is a profile of Neil Young of Manchester City, who came through City’s youth system and has had to face off competition from big money signings.

In competitions, there were nominations to enter to be the Goal Girl Of 1969.

Scotland were hoping to join England in Mexico next summer, and their match against Cyprus got previewed, with them being advised to go for goals, with goal difference being a potential decider between them and West Germany.

Elsewhere in posters, there was one of Everton and Northern Ireland star Tommy Jackson.

There is a profile of Thea Desforges, who dreams of being a football commentator. Her application to work for the BBC at the 1970 World Cup was turned down, but she is currently covering Bolton Wanderers for Bolton Hospitals Radio.

This week’s The Girl Behind The Man is June Quinn, owner of a Hairdressers in Sheffield, and wife of Rotheram player Johnny Quinn.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : JIMMY HILL’S FOOTBALL WEEKLY – 31.10.1969

It’s the tail end of the 1960s, and it’s Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly, a weekly magazine fronted by the multi talented Jimmy Hill (who died late last year), who was then a pundit for ITV.

You can’t really imagine Andy Townsend’s Football Weekly, can you?

Jimmy Hill uses his column to criticise a BBC reporter who was quick to criticise a recent Chelsea v Arsenal game, likening it to a playground game.

Johnny Morrissey of Everton writes a column and John Robson of Derby County gets a profile.

Ralph Brand, who has played top flight football in England and Scotland, is currently attending a Coaching School with the SFA, and writes a column claiming that Scotland is years behind in terms of coaching tactics.

Bobby Moncur of Newcastle United gets drawn by Ron Davies of Southampton.

There is a full page feature on Fulham, while future Fulham player George Best has a column, where he expresses his frustration at not being able to play for Northern Ireland in their World Cup Qualifier away to Soviet Union as he was playing in a League Cup tie for Manchester United.

Getting in early for the Christmas Market, there is an advert for Jimmy Hill’s Soccer 70, billed as “The best annual on the market”

Alan Birchenall of Chelsea has a column, where he states that footballers in the South of England are just as hard as their counterparts in the North.

There is a book review, of George Best’s Soccer Annual (strange to review a competitor to Jimmy’s own in the annual market) which gets a favourable review, despite the lack of colour photographs.

Ben Arentoft, a Dane playing at Newcastle United gets a profile, where he reveals his favourite meal is Roast Pork.

On the back cover, there was a poster of Brian Kidd of Mancheaster United.