MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – JANUARY 1997

Ryan Giggs, modelling United’s new third kit, is the cover star of the club’s official magazine, laying down the gauntlet to FC Porto, United’s opponents in the European Cup Quarter-Final.

As you open the magazine, there is an advert to buy a Manchester United branded Gameboy, if that’s your thing.

Pat Crerand’s column continues on a European theme, commenting that the main difference between United and Juventus – who beat United twice in the group stages – is that Juventus players are more experienced.

In news, Roy Keane is hoping to return to action this month after injury, while there is a new Norwegian at Old Trafford with Erik Nevland joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ronny Johnsen.

A breakout star this season, David Beckham gets a five page interview.

Also getting five pages is United’s recent game against European Champions Juventus, canvassing the viewpoints of those who witnessed it on TV, touchline and stands.

There is a review of United’s matches in November 1996, a month that brough mixed results.

United’s mixed form doesn’t concern manager Alex Ferguson as he gives a mid season report.

In ads, ASDA announce that you can now buy United merchandise at their stores.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Ben Thornley, who reveals that he recently went to see Bryan Adams in concert.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – APRIL 1997

David Beckham is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine, ad the 1996-1997 season nears it’s final stages.

In adverts, you could be the proud owner of a Manchester United Visa Card.

There are interesting fortunes for United players on international duty. Peter Schmeichel has recorded a single to gee up his Denmark team-mates, while Phil Mulryne scored on his Northern Ireland debut.

In Reviews, there was a review of Premier Manager 97, while in promotions, you could get 24 cans of Red Tribe Lager for only £19.99.

Back to international football, Gary Neville and David Beckham do a diary while they were away on international duty for England’s World Cup Qualifier against Italy.

There are reviews of United’s recent games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Coventry and FC Porto.

As the season is entering the final stages, there is a preview of the title run-in, with United and all the other contenders being assessed.

The magazine ends with Peter Schmeichel taking questions from fans, and believes that recent Coronation Street plots are wild and out of hand.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 20.2.1999

It’s mid February, the season is approaching the final run, with the resumption of European football less than a fortnight away, and David Beckham is the cover star, making the bold proclamation that “United are good enough to win it all”

As you open the magazine, there is a full page feature on Wimbledon, with defender Chris Perry giving a guided tour of Selhurst Park, lamenting the fact that Wimbledon don’t have their own stadium.

Perry says “We need our own base, but I can’t see us getting our own stadium in the near future”

Sadly, Wimbledon moved to Milton Keynes in 2003, and a new club was formed when the Milton Keynes move was announced in 2002.

The new club (though not at Selhurst Park) have had to groundshare, but are hopeful of a new stadium.

Nottingham Forest’s Alan Rodgers, pictured scoring against Manchester United, is mocked with a caption “THEY NEVER SAW IT COMING” as his goal made it 1-1. The final score was Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United.

Adie Moses of Barnsley offers his top five bands : 1. Stone Roses 2. Shed Seven 3. Oasis 4. Blur 5. The Charlatans

Meanwhile, Match weighs up Howard Wilkinson’s chances of being pernament England manager (he was caretaker at this time after the sacking of Glenn Hoddle)

Their conclusion was that it would be better if it was given to someone else.

Andy Booth is in a feature called “My first ……”

His first record was by Phil Collins, but he can’t remember what it was, and then declares he’s “Not that big a fan of Phil Collins”

His first concert was a Take That concert (his girlfriend wanted to go) and he describes them as “they weren’t bad actually”, and his first car was a Peugeot he got for 250 quid.

David Beckham gets a 3 page interview, previewing United’s European Cup Quarter-Final against Inter Milan, looking to draw inspiration from the 4-0 win over Porto in 1997.

The interview with Beckham signs off with his analysis of United’s trophy hunt “We want to win the European Cup, the FA Cup, and the title. It’s hard, but I believe we are capable of doing it”

Well, we all know what happened next.

Michael Owen gets a three page interview to commemorate the fact it was a year since his England debut (at the time, he was England’s youngest player) and there was a symmetry as his debut was a 2-0 home defeat, and his most recent appearance (against France, earlier that month) was a 2-0 home defeat, focusing on the build-up to the game against Chile, and the 1998 World Cup.

In posters, you could have got one of Manchester United substitute goalkeeper Raimond Van Der Gouw. Yes, really.

Kevin Phillips, of runaway Division One leaders Sunderland, gets a double page, followed by two pages profiling the other clubs battling for the other two promotion places, with a brief interview with a player from each club.

Clubs featured included Grimsby Town, now in the Conference.

John Aloisi, recently signed for Coventry from financially struggling (just like now, sadly) Portsmouth gets a double page interview on his move to the Premier League. At the side of the page is ten facts about Aloisi, including that his favourite band is Savage Garden, but not because they’re Australian.

Kanu, recently signed by Arsenal gets a double page interview, revealing that Marc Overmars used to give him a lift when they played together at Ajax.

In competitions, you could win tickets to the launch of the new England kit at the NEC in Birmingham.

In a sign of modern football gone mad, Match accompanies referee Uriah Rennie as he does a photoshoot for Fila. Yep, you read that right.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 27.4.2002

Ruud Van Nistelrooy is the cover star of Match as the European Cup is the the Last 4, as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Leverkusen and Barcelona are aiming to lift the trophy at Hampden Park.

But that’s not the biggest story in football. David Beckham has broken his metatarsal and is in danger of missing the World Cup, so Match gives readers to opportunity to wish him well. Meanwhile, a poll of 7-14 year olds say David Beckham has the hardest job in the world …… so Match photoshops him doing other so called “Hard jobs”

In other news, Michael Owen had just become England’s second youngest captain, after Bobby Moore 40 years earlier.

In competitions, you could “Rio” on VHD or DVD, featuring exclusive interviews with Rio Ferdinand, and him giving a tour of Leeds.

If you did win it, and supported Leeds, you might have been handing it in to your local charity shop a few months later, as he signed for Manchester United in July that year.

Peter Schmeichel, recently signed for Manchester City, gets lampooned in Match’s cartoon “Footy Crazy” for his red nose, as City manager Kevin Keegan makes him stick his head in a freezer so it will turn blue.

Match pulled off a bit of a coup, getting a four page exclusive interview with Sir Alex Ferguson, who had recently made a u-turn on his retirement.

Ferguson tells Match that his family convinced him not to retire, and that his goals for the next three seasons (the length of the new contract he had signed) was to win a major tournament, speaking enthusiastically about the fact that the average age of United’s squad was 26.

He then speaks about his management style, and what he looks for in a player, declaring that his two top managers are Ottmar Hitzfeld and Marcello Lippi.

He describes Zinedine Zidane as the best player in the world, but wouldn’t have been prepared to pay the 50m Real Madrid paid for him in 2001 on account of his age.

When asked if he could sign a player from history for the current United team, he eulogises about Pele and Johan Cruyff (he actually signed his son Jordi in 1996) but chooses Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano.

He’s confident that United can win a 4th successive title, but admits United need Arsenal to drop points, and then United to beat Arsenal to have any chance. Arsenal won every game from February onwards to win the title.

He also praises Sir Bobby Robson for the job he had done with Newcastle (they finished 4th to reach the European Cup) and predicts Chelsea to win the FA Cup (they lost 2-0 to Arsenal) and was upbeat about United’s chance of winning the European Cup in his native Glasgow. They lost on away goals to Bayer Leverkusen.

Match signs off by asking what he wants to achieve in the future, Ferguson simply replies that he wants to maintain the success of the previous 12 years.

Both European Cup Semi-Finals get a double page spread previewing them, and there’s an interview with Butt. Not United’s Nicky, but Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Hans Jorg Butt.

As the World Cup draws closer, Match features England hopefuls each week in a feature called “The Men For Sven”, with Ashley Cole the featured player this week.

Staying on the World Cup theme, Republic of Ireland get a full page preview.

In Ads, you could pop down to Woolworths and buy “David Beckham : Close Up” or “Michael Owen : Close Up” on VHS if you wished.

Eidur Gudjohnsen gets a double page interview about his progress at Chelsea, while also touching other matters such as the World Cup, where he describes France as “Very strong”

They went out in the groups without scoring a goal.

The big match of the weekend is Ipswich Town v Manchester United, vital at both ends of the table.

Match predicts a 2-1 United win. United won 1-0.

In foreign news, Roberto Baggio’s dreams of going to a 4th World Cup have been dashed, while Christian Panucci is at the centre of a transfer battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid. He signed for Roma that summer, the club where he spent the 2001-2002 season on loan.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 31.7.1999

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.