Kevin Phillips is the cover star of Match as he gives the lowdown on the men looking to take his Golden Boot off him in 2000-2001.

Trying to recover from injury, Ronaldo (The original one, not Cristiano) releases a video as he aims to prove his fitness.

John Aloisi of Coventry gets interviewed as to his firsts, his first football kit was a Juventus one, and his first concert was an Italian singer whose name he can’t pronounce.

There is a double page spread on Kevin Phillips analysing his rivals for the Golden Boot such as Andy Cole, Thierry Henry and Carl Cort.

Continuing the theme of strikers in this episode, Match does a feature on new strikers in the Premier League such as Alen Boksic, Sergei Rebrov, Mark Viduka and Luc Nilis.

Emile Heskey gets a triple page feature, as he admits that Spurs and Leeds were never in the running when he was leaving Leicester.

It’s not all strikers, as some defenders are interviewed ………. as the who the best Premier League striker is. Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp were the most nominated.


Ryan Giggs, Andy Cole and Phil Neville are frolicking in the snow on the cover of Manchester United’s official magazine to celebrate United being Christmas Number 1 in the Premier League charts.

In news, Peter Schmeichel says United have made a breakthrough in European football after winning their European Cup group, but doesn’t believe lifting the trophy in Amsterdam is a formality.

Elsewhere, Andy Cole has signed a new contract keeping him at United until 2002.

David Beckham is the subject of a five page interview, as does United’s latest home grown debutants Ronnie Wallwork and John Curtis, who both came on as substitutes in the win over Barnsley in late October.

Brian McClair’s Diary reveals he appeared in a firework safety event, and met a fan in the shape of a Celtic supporting Government Minister.

The magazine ends with a Happy New Year message from various United players.


Andy Cole is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine in a month which sees United return to European action after a Winter break.

There is speculation about Alex Ferguson’s future at United, saying he has no plans to retire this side of the millennium.

United’s forthcoming tie against Porto gets a four page preview, with former Porto manager Bobby Robson expecting his former side to go through.

United’s recent games get reviewed, a period that saw progress in the League but an FA Cup exit.

Ray Wilkins gets interviewed as he is nearing the end of his playing career at the age of 40.

Cover star Cole gets a four page interview as he aims to recover from injury to help United’s bid for trophies in the final months of the season.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who reveals he likes living in Altrincham.


Ryan Giggs is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine as United return to European football after a Winter break with a European Cup Quarter-Final against Monaco.

Cover star Giggs gets a four page profile, who reveals that he would be surprised if United don’t get past Monaco, despite describing Monaco as a good team.

Also getting profiled in this magazine is Roy Keane, as he aims to come back from a serious injury, one that would keep him out for the rest of the 97/98 season.

Monaco get a three page profile, looking at some of their key players which includes future United star Fabian Barthez.

Paul Parker gets interviewed as he looks to find himself a new club, trying to avoid being on the footballing scrapheap at the age of 33. He was most recently training with Sunderland.

There is also a review of United’s matches in January 1998.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Andy Cole, who declares that Sean Connery is the only James Bond.


An expensively assembled team in Sky Blue are featured on the cover of this edition of World Soccer, but it’s not Manchester City, it’s Lazio.

In Jersey, there is an experiment taking place where a referee can move a free-kick forward ten yards if a defending player shows dissent or engages in unsporting behaviour.

In this edition, World Soccer has an article on satellite channels and receivers that can pick up football from around the world. One of those clubs you could watch, is Anderlecht, who get a page feature about their recent downturn in form.

Drugs were a major issue this month, with rumours of failed tests in Serie A being covered up, and one journalist suggesting that referees should be subject to random testing like players.

There is an article based on a quote from Ray Clemence that there are too many foreign goalkeepers in England, looking at the shotstoppers of the twenty Premier League clubs, noting that the two most promising English prospects, Steve Simonsen and Richard Wright, are playing outside the top flight.

Lazio get a four page profile, having spent £70m to try and win the Serie A title. They did manage it in 2000, but not since. One of those player in the expensively assembled sky blue outfit ……. was Roberto Mancini.

Two of those pages are used for an interview with Christian Vieri, who left Lazio the following summer in a big money move, becoming the world’s most expensive player when he signed for Inter Milan.

German football is in crisis with the departure of Berti Vogts as national team manager, and the DFB being rebuffed, for various reasons, in their attempts to appoint Otto Rehhagel, Christoph Daum, Jupp Heynckes, Franz Beckenbauer, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Roy Hodgson and Paul Breitner, before eventually settling on Erich Ribbeck.

Davor Suker, top scorer at the summer’s World Cup gets a double page profile, while Croatia’s Euro 2000 Qualifying opponents, Yugoslavia, get a double page spread.

It’s not just Germany who had a change in manager, the departure of Spain manager Javier Clemente after a 3-2 defeat to Cyprus in their opening Euro 2000 Qualifier got a double page spread. He was immediately replaced by Jose Antonia Camacho.

Across the border in France, Vikash Dhorasoo gets a full page feature, as the most exciting prospect in French football.

Back in Germany, Keir Radnedge reports on the success of the two Munich clubs, currently first and second in the Bundesliga.

In England, Aston Villa are top with an almost all English team (Mark Bosnich from Australia being the only foreigner in their regular starting eleven) and have money to spend following the sale of Dwight Yorke. World Soccer suggest that money could be used to bid on another English player, Andy Cole of Manchester United.

A former manager of Cole, George Graham, has new employment, as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, a move that has divided the club’s fans, given his long association with Arsenal.

In Scotland, Marco Negri is in dispute with Rangers, with manager Dick Advocaat accusing him of lying to the media about his transfer situation.

Northern Ireland’s news is dominated by the resurgence of Linfield and Glentoran, looking to win their first title in 5 and 7 years respectively, but already pulling away from the chasing pack at the top of the table.

Also in dispute with their club like Marco Negri, was future Rangers players Frank and Ronald De Boer, who want to leave for Barcelona.

Bruce Grobbelaar made a comeback of sorts, playing for Zimbabwe at the age of 41, as well as being part of their coaching staff.

Brian Glanville uses his column to question Alex Ferguson’s record in the European Cup and World Cup, in the aftermath of a TV documentary where he referred to Paul Ince as “A big time charlie”

Glanville also uses his column to question the wisdom of those who want Terry Venables to return as England manager following England’s poor start to Euro 2000 qualification.


David May, David Beckham, Teddy Sheringham, and the FA Cup are the cover stars of Match, as Manchester United have just won the double, a third in six years, but there’s more to come.

Unfortunately, printing deadlines mean that only a preview, rather than a review, of the European Cup Final against Bayern Munich can appear in the magazine.

In the news section, there’s a random story of a West Ham celebrity fan having a kickabout at West Ham’s training group with Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand ……. Tamzin Outhwaite from Eastenders.

Meanwhile, Alan Thompson predicts big things for Aston Villa in 1999-2000, despite their 1998-1999 title challenge falling apart after Christmas. They finished 6th in 2000, like in 1999, but did reach the FA Cup Final.

Peter Beagrie, having just helped Bradford into the Premier League, is interviewed for a feature called “My First …..” where he reveals his first concert was Diana Ross at the NEC in Birmingham, his first film was Jaws, and his first kit was QPR.

The FA Cup Final, where Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0, gets a five page round-up, mostly pictures, with quotes, with a page dedicated to a mimute by minute report of the game.

The rest of the magazine is dubbed “Champions Special”, dedicated to teams that have won their league. First up, is Rangers, and a double page interview with Andrei Kanchelskis ahead of the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Celtic.

Meanwhile, Sunderland (Division One) Fulham (Division Two) Brentford (Division Three) and Cheltenham (Conference) all get full page reviews of their title winning seasons.

Meanwhile, there is a five page preview of the European Cup Final, focusing on an interview with Ryan Giggs, while Yorke and Cole get a joint interview as well.

Bayern Munich get a full page, written by Steffan Effenberg, listing five reasons why they would win, that they were underdogs, well prepared, good at penalties, under no pressure, and most importantly, United had Roy Keane missing.

It was a bit laughable of Bayern Munich to pretend they were underdogs considering they actually won their group (though both games were draws) ahead of United.

There is a centre page poster for the game, where fans can fill in blank spaces with the team line-ups and goalscorers.

Manchester’s other team, City, also had a big match that week, as they headed to Wembley for the Division Two Play-Off Final, and Match does a double page interview with Nicky Weaver.

But it’s not all about Champions, as Dennis Bergkamp looks back at Arsenal’s season, where they missed out on the title by a point.

Gareth Southgate is interviewed about Aston Villa’s New Year collapse (They were top of the league at Christmas) and heaps praise on youngsters in their team such as Gareth Barry, Lee Hendrie and Darius Vassell.

In the letters page, a West Bromwich Albion fan worries that his side might lose top goalscorer Lee Hughes. He left for Coventry in a big money move in 2001, before returning to Albion, before being sacked by the club after being sentence to prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

In other letters, a young Wigan Athletic fan suggests that the town’s football team are in the process of becoming more high profile than it’s rugby team.

This week, is also one of the very first weeks where you contribute to Match’s letters page via e-mail. Modern technology.

Meanwhile, you could do a quiz on Aston Villa right-back Steve Watson, if you wanted.

Talking of quizzes, Karl-Heinz Reidle took on Gianfranco Zola in a football quiz, with Zola winning 9 (out of 10) to 8.

It was Karl-Heinz Reidle’s inability to answer who got promoted from Division Three that cost him.


It’s the last pre-season of the 20th century, and Match has got an exclusive interview with David Beckham, newly married, new dad, and just helped Manchester United to the treble.

The cover image, is of him celebrating just after the final whistle of the 1999 European Cup Final.

In news, Manchester United have a new away kit, and Match goes behind the scenes at the promotional photoshoot.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl has had mattresses added to the training ground so players can get some sleep inbetween training sessions.

As it’s Team Tab time of year, Match has a handy guide on how to use and update them.

David Beckham’s interview gets four pages, talking about his eventful year, and how supportive (the newly knighted) Sir Alex Ferguson was, and how he deserves his knighthood.

Match does a feature on who the world’s highest paid footballer is …… Christian Vieri of Inter Milan, also the most expensive footballer in the world, earning 123 grand a week.

Of the Top 15, not one was English, or playing with an English club.

The highest paid player in England was Marcel Desailly, on 42 grand a week.

Alan Shearer, on 40 grand a week, was the highest paid English player.

Also getting four pages is Arsene Wenger, giving his advice on how to build a successful team.

The new Scottish season is about to begin, and Match interviews Henrik Larsson about Celtic’s chances, a season he would miss eight months of after getting injured in October.

A player from each club is interviewed and asked to predict the champions. Mark Viduka of Celtic was the only player not to predict Rangers to win the league. Rangers proved those eleven right by winning the league.

Having been Britain’s most expensive footballer four years previously, Stan Collymore was loaned from Aston Villa to Fulham as he looks to get his career back on track. Eighteen months later, he had retired.

Meanwhile, a new rap star was about to hit the charts, straight outta the mean streets of ………. Nottingham.

Andy Cole was about to launch his debut single ‘Outstanding’, which it was, and he offers his advice on how to be a rap star.

Match accompanied him at the video shoot, and there is a Smash Hits style lyrics sheet, if you want to sing along.


The last ever pre-season of the 20th century dawns, and Ryan Giggs is the cover star of Shoot, an edition where you can win signed England shirts.

In news, Andy Cole is launching a pop career with the release of his single ‘Outstanding‘, dubbed by Shoot (possibly sarcastically) as “Britain’s answer to Will Smith”

Also at United, they launched a new away kit in Central Manchester, while in rumours, Portsmouth were linked with a move for Georgi Kinkladze.

Jonathan Pearce is featured in a Q and A as Bristol City’s celebrity fan, who admits to having a Crystal Palace season ticket.

Ryan Giggs gets a four page interview, looking back at the past year (United won the treble, in case you didn’t know) and looking forward to the future.

When asked what else he can achieve, he points out that Juventus played in three successive European Cup Finals, though Giggs would go on to play in three out of four, a decade later.

When asked about his favourite position, he give the standard footballer answer of just being happy to be picked, adding “I’d play in goal as long as i’m playing for United”, commenting on how footballers have a much higher public profile since he made his United debut, and how he can’t see himself playing for another club.

George Boateng, having just joined Aston Villa, is interviewed on the move, stating that he wanted to join a bigger club to raise his profile so he could force his way into the Dutch squad for Euro 2000, being co-hosted by Holland.

Boateng did force his way into the Dutch squad, but not until 2001, only winning 4 caps.

John Beresford is interviewed in a Desert Island Discs style feature, except that it is about one item to take onto a Spaceship. He would take a Robbie Williams CD. He wasn’t fussy about which one, describing Williams as “A top singer”

He would also take a copy of “The Life Of Brian”, Milk and Chocolate, and invite Paul Whitehouse as his celeb guest.

Kevin Phillips gets a feature on his favourite game, which he chose as making his England debut in a friendly away to Hungary the previous season. Little did he know, he would go on to be the Premier League’s top scorer in the forthcoming season.

Chelsea’s new signing Chris Sutton makes an appearance at a football tournament sponsored by a chocolate bar to hand out prizes and sign autographs, giving advice to aspiring footballers, while adding that he believed Chelsea could win the league. Chelsea finished 5th that season.

Jermaine Pennant, Britain’s most expensive 15 year old gets a poster, where the bio says “Expect him to be hitting the sports pages for all the right reasons soon”, a reference to an FA investigation into agents payments in his move to Arsenal.

Shoot writers then make their season predictions. Of the ten featured, five correctly predicted Manchester United to win the League.

Adam McEwen predicts that Gianluca Vialli would be the first Premier League manager sacked. He was a season early.

Martin Keown is interviewed, giving the lowdown on his Arsenal team-mates. then poses for a photo as a spy. Agent Keown, reporting for duty.


1. Rawbau – Tejkitize
2. General Fiasco – Rebel Get By
3. Alex Clare – Too Close
4. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
5. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China

Euro 2012 starts today, and thus, I shall be shamelessly cashing in on this by doing football related charts. We start, with five football related songs


1. Dana – Yer Man
2. Manchester United 1994 FA Cup Final Squad – Come On You Reds
3. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
4. Andy Cameron – Ally’s Army
5. Lightning Seeds ft Frank Skinner and David Baddiel – Three Lions

History is full of great football songs, I might as well have, as they say in football, have a subs bench. These musical subs are so good, there isn’t even room for The Anfield Rap. Now that is strength in depth.


1. Giorgio Chinaghlia – I’m Football Crazy
2. Andy Cole – Outstanding
3. Christina Strumer – Fieber
4. Chas and Dave – Ossie’s Dream
5. James – Goal Goal Goal

A further twist, I thought i’d do a group by group chart from acts from the competing countries. I’m gutted that Moldova didn’t qualify, as I can’t put in Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone.

Imagine if I did this for Euro 2008, purely with Austria qualifying, I could have had Falco.

With Switzerland also qualifying, I could have used it as a platform to profess my undying love for Celine Dion. She may have been born in Canada, but through representing Switzerland in Eurovision 1988, that would qualify her under FIFA rules.

Group A was a struggle due to the lack of Polish postars I know of, and Greece producing dross like Demis Roussos and Nana Mouskouri, but I got a chart together.


1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew
3. Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
4. Tatu – All About Us
5. Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme

If Group A was a struggle for the wrong reasons, Group B was a struggle for all the right reasons. I didn’t even need to use Nelly Furtado as a ringer for Portugal, there was so much musical talent from Denmark, Germany and Holland, or even having to include Van Halen, courtesy of the Dutch born guitarist Eddie Van Halen.


1. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
2. Shocking Blue – Venus
3. Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
4. Focus – Slyvia
5. Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears

Group C was difficult to choose with the musical powerhouse of Republic of Ireland, responsible for the likes of Jedward, Boyzone, Westlife and B*Witched in it, alongside Spain and Italy. Croatia really lets the group down.

Controversy may surround the inclusuion of Electric Dreams, with Sheffield not being in Italy, but Giorgio Moroder is the main name on the song, and Phil Oakey only a credited guest vocalist. Plus, remember the fundamental rule of The Friday Five …….. My chart, my rules.


1. Spagna – Call Me
2. Giorio Moroder ft Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
3. Samantha Mumba – Always Come Back To Your Love
4. Gala – Freed From Desire
5. Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Group D sees me “Positively discriminate” against England. Nothing against England, but it feels wrong to include the likes of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, James and Ocean Colour Scene on a Europop chart

Ukraine sees me draw a blank, but I did like that woman who won Eurovision for them a few years back by ripping off Wildboys by Duran Duran.

Thankfully, the group is salvaged by pop heavyweights France and Sweden


1. Ace Of Base – The Sign
2. Andreas Johnson – Glorious
3. Daft Punk – Da Funk
4. Emilia – Big Big World
5. Air – Kelly Watch The Stars

And finally, the Olympic Flame came to Northern Ireland this week. So, I thought i’d use this to embrace the pyromaniac within, and do a chart of fire related songs.


1. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning’
3. U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
4. Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
5. The Prodigy – Firestarter


A double issue from Christmas 1994 saw Shoot look back on the year just past.

The cover image is of a Christmas Tree and inset pics of stars of the year such as Alan Shearer, Stan Collymore, Jurgen Klinsmann, Andy Cole, Eric Cantona and Robbie Fowler.

Interesting to note that by summer 1996, three of the cover stars (Cole, Collymore, Shearer) were Britsh record signings.

Founded in 1969, Shoot celebrated it’s 25th birthday in 1994. To commemorate this, they were going to do a Dream Team of all the Premier League clubs. That week’s chosen clubs were Leeds United and Wimbledon.

Shoot does a month by month review of the year, with accompanying posters of that month’s star player.

The photo editor of the results section had an interesting sense of humour as a report on Vinny Jones making his internationl debut for Wales is acoompanied by a picture of him booting Hristo Stoichkov up in the air.

In world news, Roger Milla announced his retirement and Eintracht Frankfurt transfer listed three players – Maurizio Gaudino, Tony Yeboah and Augustine Okocha. All three ended up playing in the Premier League (though Okocha, not for 7 more years)