MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 10.2.1996

Robbie Fowler is the cover star of this week’s edition of 90 Minutes as he gives an exclusive interview, with the headline declaring that he’s ready for England.

In news, Coventry City want to sign Jan Molby, while Sheffield United want to sign Michael Laudrup.

Cover star Fowler gets a three page spread, where he reveals his favourite magazine is Viz, and doesn’t frequent Liverpool’s trendy nightclubs.

In ads, there is an advert for Loaded, which features an interview with Martin Clunes.

In competitions, you could get the chance to play in a celebrity all star match as part of the Pre-Match entertainment before the Auto Windscreens Shield Final.

There is a double page feature on Wolves, enjoying a resurgence under new manager Mark McGee. However, they would finish 20th, while Leicester City, who McGee have only just left Wolves to join, would win promotion via the Play-Offs.

90 Minutes Live goes to Spurs v Wolves to canvass fans if there should be a Winter break, while Tall Paul talks about his love of Arsenal.

There is a full page profile on Carlisle United, who are struggling to adjust to life in Division Two after being promoted the previous year.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – SEPTEMBER 1996

It’s the early months of the 96/97 and Eric Cantona is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine, in what would turn out to be his last season at the club.

Pat Crerand writes in his column about a summer of new arrivals and some experienced players leaving, stating that he wished to see the European Cup back at Old Trafford some day..

In news, Old Trafford was being considered as a venue for the 1998 European Cup Winners Cup Final. That would be played in Stockholm, but it made it’s way to England in 1999 at Villa Park, the last final of the competition. Old Trafford would have to make do with the 2003 European Cup Final.

There was a poll for readers, asking if Old Trafford needed a new scoreboard.

Meanwhile, Gary Pallister announces he is raring to go after an injury ravaged 95/96 season.

Cover star Eric Cantona gets a four page interview, revealing that he didn’t watch Euro 96, but wanted England to win it.

As Untied are back in the European Cup and one of eight seeded teams automatically in the group stages, and previews the tournament, with 1995 winners Ajax amongst the seeds, managed by future United manager Louis Van Gaal.

There are four pages dedicated to United’s pre-season routine, with a look at how they compare to other sports.

There are also match reports from United’s early pre-season games, against Portadown and a League Of Ireland XI.

There are profiles of United’s five new signings Raimond Van Der Gowu, Karel Poborsky, Jordi Cruyff, Ronny Johnsen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There was an offer for readers, where you could get a 1997 Eric Cantona calendar for £5.

Gary Pallister takes questions from fans, the recently departed defensive partner Steve Bruce being a prominent subject.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 9.3.1996

Gary McAllister is the cover star of 90 Minutes as Leeds aim to reach the FA Cup Final, having already reached the League Cup Final.

In news, Manchester United want to sign Fernando Couto from Parma, while Bradford City have announced plans to build a 4,500 seater stand.

There is a three page feature on newly promoted Middlesbrough, who are sliding down the table after making a promising start.

Also getting a few pages is a feature listing the best (or possibly worst) short stays by players at a club.

90 Minutes Live canvasses opinions outside Watford v Ipswich, asking if managers should return to their former clubs, after Graham Taylor has returned to Watford for a second spell.

Leeds get a double page spread, having reached their first Wembley final in 23 years, and are aiming to reach a second on in the FA Cup, while Steve Walsh of Leicester City is interviewed, as they aim for a quick return to the Premier League, adding that none of their rivals stand out.

In competitions, you could win a trip to see Sampdoria take on AC Milan.

The magazine ends with an interview with Scotland manager Craig Brown.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 15.6.1996

Alan Shearer, celebrating his goal against Switzerland in the opening match of Euro 96 is the cover star as England get set to face Scotland, in a match dubbed on the cover as “The Battle Of Britain”

In news, Leicester are linked with a move to sign Nigel Martyn, and Peter Shilton has applied for the manager’s job at Blackpool.

In competitions, you could win tickets to see Simply Red in concert at Old Trafford.

In other news, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Keith O’Neill, while Arsenal want to sign Warren Barton.

There is a double page report on the opening game of Euro 96, a 1-1 draw between England and Switzerland.

Talking of Euro 96, there is a full page article on how fans can get tickets for matches at Euro 96.

90 Minutes Live canvasses the opinions of shoppers in Carnaby Street on the possibility of hooliganism at Euro 96.

Also in Euro 96, there is an article on Supporter Embassies offering advice for fans at Euro 96.

In world news, Japan and South Korea have been awarded co-hosting status of the 2002 World Cup.

Teddy Sheringham recently appeared at a press event to play an online video game, suffering various technical glitches.

The magazine then ventures into pop music, interviewing Bristol City chairman Scott Davidson, who toured with Bros, while Lloyd Cole talks about his love of Chelsea.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 23.3.1996

It’s the 300th edition of 90 Minutes, and it’s the League Cup Final between Leeds United and Aston Villa, but 90 Minutes cover image is of who 90 Minutes has compiled as the ultimate footballer.

In news, Mick Harford is in trouble with the FA for making rude hand gestures to Chelsea fans.

Macclesfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers have had their grounds approved to play in the Football League, should they win the Conference.

There is a three page feature, compiling the best attributes of Premier League players to create the best and worst footballer possible.

England are warming up for Euro 96 with a friendly against Bulgaria, and this game is previewed, including an interview with Bulgaria’s formerly bald but now hairy goalkeeper Bobby Mihailov.

There is a full page profile on Jan Molby, newly appointed as manager of Swansea City, playing in front of 2,000 people in the lower leagues, and the culture shock having spent most of his career at Anfield.

There is a double page feature on the League Cup Final between Leeds United and Aston Villa, focusing on the key battles that will decided the game.

90 Minutes Live is at West Ham v Middlesbrough, asking fans which footballer they would like to live next door to.

There is an advert for another football magazine, a monthly title called Goal, whose April edition has Stuart Pearce as it’s cover star.

The magazine ends with an ad for the forthcoming edition of World Soccer, which has a Euro 96 preview.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 10.8.1996

Alan Shearer is the cover of this edition of 90 Minutes as he is described as a man under pressure, having signed for Newcastle United for a World Record £15m.

As you open the magazine, there is an advert for Loaded, with Homer and Bart Simpson being the cover stars.

There is a three page feature on Alan Shearer, canvassing on how people think he will do at Newcastle, with Dec from Ant and Dec describing himself as being “Over the moon” when news of the transfer broke.

There is a double page interview with Ugo Ehiogu, who is described as a future England captain.

The article is accompanied for an Aston Villa branded mobile phone.

In other club branded products, there was a review of the official Celtic CD-Rom.

James Quinn of Blackpool is profiled alongside Earl Barrett of Everton as players to watch.

The magazine ends with Steve Clarke of Chelsea spilling the beans on his team-mates.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 6.4.1996

Gary and Phil Neville of Manchester United are the cover stars of this edition of 90 Minutes, as the 95-96 season enters it’s final stages.

In news, Rangers are linked with a move to sign Danish striker Mikkel Beck, while Wolves have opened up a Cyber Cafe at Molineux.

Ruud Gullit has joined the BBC as a pundit for Euro 96, while Sasa Curcic has pledged his future to Bolton, even if they get relegated.

Cover stars Gary and Phil Neville get a three page interview, described as the most famous brothers in Manchester, after the Gallaghers.

Kevin Lloyd, AKA Tosh from The Bill, talks to 90 Minutes about his love of Derby County.

There is a full page profile of new Fulham manager Micky Adams.

90 Minutes Live canvasses opinions at Exter v Plymouth, asking if the recent stories about Mad Cow Disease will put fans off getting a burger at the match.

The magazine ends with a report on a celebrity match at Wembley between England and Scotland, which England won 2-1, ahead of the Euro 96 match between the professionals in just over two months time.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 29.6.1996

We’re slap bang in the middle of Euro 96, and Stuart Pearce’s celebration after his penalty against Spain being the cover image.

There is an error on this cover, as it is dated 8th June 1996, when it should be 29th June 1996, as it is inside.

In their cartoon, Gazza and Teddy Sheringham go out for a cup of tea, downing it like they were on the infamous Dentist’s Chair in Hong Kong.

In transfer rumours, Anders Limpar is leaving Everton to join Marseille.

In news, a survey by Cellnet has revealed that 27% of football fans phone friends and family from matches to keep them up to date with scores.

Despite being in the middle of a tournament, Terry Venables gives an interview to 90 minutes where he revelas he considers himself a passionate Celt rather than a sedate Englishman, due to his Welsh and French family background.

There are full page match reports of the final group games of Euro 96, that saw England go through and Scotland go out.

Later on in the magazine, there are reports of the Euro 96 Quarter-Finals.

90 Minutes Live interviews fans outside Germany v Czech Republic at Old Trafford, asking which Euro 96 player they would like to see bitten by a rabid bat.

One Port Vale supporter says Darren Anderton, as he’s sick of his female friends commenting on how good looking he is.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 24.2.1996

Dennis Wise and Dan Petrescu are the cover stars of this week’s edition of 90 Minutes, which has declared Chelsea as the season’s surprise package.

In news, Manchester United have taken Mark Fish on trial. United have also signed a new kit deal with Umbro worth £40m – £65m.

Leeds United have been ordered bu UEFA to upgrade their dressing rooms for Euro 96, at a cost of £500,000.

There is a three page spread on Chelsea, with 90 minutes describing it as their finest team since the 70s.

Clyde are facing Rangers in the Scottish Cup, and 90 Minutes has an interview with Clyde’s ageing Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas.

Also getting a feature is Blackpool, after it is claimed that their stadium is being haunted by the ghost of Admiral Nelson.

In competitions, you could spend a night with Paul Merson.

As Euro 96 approaches, there is a full page profile on the French team, so good, that David Ginola and Eric Cantona can’t get a game.

90 Minutes Live canvasses supporters at Coventry City v Manchester City for the worst refereeing decision they have ever seen.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 11.9.1996

A topless (did he ever wear a shirt in 1996?) Peter Andre is the cover star of this week’s Smash Hits, with a Superman logo painted on his chest, but with a P instead of an S.

In news, Ant and Dec have signed a £1m deal to present shows for Channel 4, while Smash Hits does a report on the highlights from the Reading Festival and V96.

Meanwhile, Boyzone have announced that their next single will be a cover of Words by Bee Gees.

Staying with Boyzone, two of Shane Lynch’s sisters have formed a pop band called Desire. Yes, that’s Keavy Lynch and Edele Lynch from B*Witched. The other member of Desire was Sinead O’Carroll, also of B*Witched. Lindsay from B*Witched wasn’t a member of Desire.

It is interested to note, that Keavy’s name was spelt Ceavy in this edition. It is unsure if she changed the spelling or if Smash Hits messed up.

Cover star Peter Andre gets a double page interview.

In competitions, you could win a visit to your school by Spice Girls.

In website reviews, Mariah Carey’s website gets reviewed, and is not considered to be user friendly.

Shane Lynch wasn’t the only pop star to have relatives vying for pop fame, as Michael Jackson’s nephews launched a band called 3T, who get a double page feature.

Also getting a double page feature is Oasis, after a chaotic American tour where Liam went AWOL.

Geri and Mel B from Spice Girls are Singles Reviewer, poo pooing Shampoo’s new single and giving the Best Single award to Busta Rhymes.

Also appearing in this week’s edition was Emma Bunton, giving Stephen Gately questions from a biscuit tin. He prefers Oasis over Blur.

The magazine ends with an interview with Louise Wener from Sleeper.