MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 20.5.1978

Frank Worthington is one of the cover stars, as Shoot looks forward to the British Championship, while looking back at he 1977-1978 season.

Shoot did a double page spread previewing all six games in the British Championship, accompanied by facts and figures of all the teams.

England, who didn’t qualify for that year’s World Cup, took the title, winning all three of their games.

In adverts, there was a full page advert for the following week’s edition, which had a free World Cup wallchart.

Ray Clemence uses his column to state that England are desperate to beat Wales, having suffered their first ever Wembley defeat to them in 1977.

England beat Wales 3-1 at Ninian Park in their opening game of the competition.

In news, a thousand fans signed a petition to the IFA for the lifetime bans from international football imposed on Bobby Campbell and Bertie McMinn, for an off-field incident at an underage tournament in 1975.

Bobby Campbell was a non appearing squad member at the 1982 World Cup, so obviously, the petition was successful.

17 year old Craig Johnston has broke into the Middlesbrough team, after borrowing £632 from his dad in order to get to England.

Coventry City are in danger of being known as “The Curly Kids”, with seven players all having perms.

Elton John got a full page feature. Yes, the nephew of 1959 FA Cup Final goalscorer Roy Dwight. In 1979, he was the chairman of Watford, just promoted from Division 4. As ever, he wanted a Number 1 – Watford to be in Division 1.

He was full of praise for the management team of Graham Taylor and Bertie Mee, and stated he was nervous watching games, even more than when he is on stage.

Elton had big plans for Watford, wanting to build a 30-40,000 capacity stadium, and a pitch with synthetic turf.

Elton was looking to other clubs for inspiration “I would like us to achieve the professionalism of Liverpool, the facilities of Aston Villa, and the organisation of Coventry”

There is a further double page spread on the Home Internationals, with a player from each side giving their thoughts ahead of the games.

Andy Gray uses his column to express his disappointment at only being a stand-by player for the World Cup, but he was hoping to make up for it by helping Scotland to a third successive Home Nations title.

Shoot does a double page spread on Birmingham’s two clubs, with new City manager Jim Smith hoping to wake up what he describes as “A sleeping giant”, while Ron Saunders blames injuries for Aston Villa’s failure to build on their 4th place finish and League Cup win in 1977.

There is a poster of John Greig’s Testimonial, where Rangers beat a Scotland XI 5-0.

Trevor Francis poses in an NFL uniform, as he is about to head off on a short-term loan to Detroit Express during the pre-season.

Little did he know it then, Francis would make English football history less than a year later with his next move.

In world news, Sepp Maier has signed an Amnesty International petition for the release of political prisoners in Argentina. Talking of Argentina, Alberto Tarantini is being paid by his country’s FA as he is without a club. That year, he signed for Birmingham City. Spain defender Jose Camacho was ruled out of the World cup through injury, while priests in West Germany have been sent a schedule of World Cup games, in order to avoid clashing services with matches.

Daniel Passarella gets a double page interview ahead of the World Cup. When asked about Peru, he said he wasn’t impressed with them. That didn’t come back to bite them, as Argentina beat Peru 6-0 in the 2nd Round group stage.

In adverts, you could get four World Cup posters (of the four groups) in Wimpy. All you had to do was buy a burger and milkshake.

Martin Peters gets a profile, where he states his favourite band is Bread, and he would most like to meet Miss Piggy.

Shoot dedicates a page to a new trend in football – perms, with a photo collage of footballers who have perms. Meanwhile, John Greig says fans have been telling that Rangers should replace Scotland in the World Cup, after they beat a Scotland XI 5-0 in his Testimonial.

Gordon Hill uses his column to state that, following his departure from Manchester United, if he didn’t rejoin his former United boss Tommy Docherty at Derby County, he would have gone to America to play.

To finish, getting people in the mood for the World Cup, is a double page spread on the club form of Scotland’s squad, as the tournament in Argentina approaches.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 18.3.1978

Terry Hibbit of Birmingham City is the cover star as Shoot looks forward to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

There is a double page spread looking at all four games.

Chelsea are in financial difficulties, especially as they have to play games with reduced crowds due to sanctions as a result of hooliganism.

There is a double page spread of England and Scotland’s recent international friendlies, both 2-1 defeats, England away v West Germany, and Scotland at home v Bulgaria.

Gordon Hill is interviewed, talking about how Scottish players are representing great value in the transfer market for English clubs. He comments that he believes no player is worth 500,000 pounds. Less than a year later, British football had it’s first ever 1m pound transfer (Though it was an English player who broke the record)

Kenny Swain gets a player profile, where he says his favourite band is The Beatles, and that if he wasn’t a footballer he would be a pop star.

He said his main ambition was to win a major trophy with Chelsea. Over the next four years, he would have a League and European Cup medal, although, they were won with Aston Villa.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 11.1.2013

1. Hurts – Miracle
2. Haim – Don’t Save Me
3. Cara Dillon – Teenage Kicks
4. The Answer – Shining Light
5. Willy Moon – Yeah Yeah

You may have noticed two songs sticking out there in that playlist. They come from ‘Great Northern Songbook’ that was on BBC Two on New Year’s Day. The concept of the show? Northern Ireland acts covering Northern Ireland acts to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ulster Hall (It was filmed in May 2012)

If you missed it, here it is on BBC Iplayer

Meanwhile, talking of BBC’s music outputs, last week saw BBC Four broadcast ‘The Story Of 1978’ a documentary about the music scene in 1978 to lead into their repeats of Top Of The Pops from that year.

If you missed the TOTP repeats from 1976 and 1978, you really have missed out. Check them out every Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC Four.

So, to commemorate this, here’s a Top five from 1977.

Now, to spend the next year coming up with a Top Five for 1979.

1. Queen – Bicycle Race
2. ELO – Mr Blue Sky
3. The Motors – Airport
4. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
5. Andy Cameron – Ally’s Army