The summer of 1979 is almost upon us, but there are many things to be decided. Amazingly, the Home Championship game between England and Scotland, Scotland’s first visit to Wembley since the (in)famous 1977 game, taking more coverage on the cover ahead of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup Final against Malmo.
The game gets a double page spread, with Denis Law and Alan Ball talking about their memories of the fixture.
Phil Thompson gets a page to speak about his Anfield team mate and international opponent Alan Hansen, describing him as not having a weakness.
Northern Ireland and Wales aren’t left out with Gerry Armstrong and Malcolm Page both being posters, pictured in their international kits.
There is an advert for the following week’s edition, heavy on international football with previews of vital European Championship Qualifiers for England (v Bulgaria), Scotland (v Norway), Northern Ireland (v Denmark) and Wales (v Malta), as well as an interview with Daniel Passarella.
There is also photos and reports of European Championship Qualifiers for Northern Ireland (v Bulgaria. Northern Ireland and England were in the same group), Scotland (v Norway) and Wales (v West Germany)
Euro 80 was the first European Championship with a pre-determined host, rather than selecting one of the four countries who won their Quarter-Finals.
Nottingham Forest and Malmo, contesting the European Cup Final, both get a double page spread, as well as a picture collage of how both teams reached the final.
Malmo had an English manager, Bob Houghton, described by Shoot as “The Brian Clough of Sweden”
In news, John Gregory is frustrated at being considered a utility, having worn every number from 2 to 11 in his 57 appearances for the club
Cliftonville get a mention with a short mention of Ciaran McCurry, who underline his potential with a “Near international display” in their Irish Cup Final win over Portadown.
Final league table for both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are published. Linfield were champions with 34 points from 22 games, 6 ahead of Glenavon in 2nd place.
It was 2 points for a win in them days. To translate it into 3 points for a win, Linfield would have finished 9 points clear of Glenavon with 48 points.
Steve Williams of Southampton is given a player profile. His favourite music is Three Degrees, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. If he wasn’t a footballer, he would have been a Brain Surgeon.
Andy Gray writes for Shoot, saying that Scotland are favourites to win at Wembley. England won the match 3-1, and claimed the Home Championship.
Christine Nettugh, an 18 year old Aberdeen fan writes in to complain about the Glasgow centric coverage of Scottish football in Shoot.
She won 3 pounds as a prize for Letter Of The Week.
The editor replies that a club like Aberdeen winning the league would be refreshing for Scottish football. Little did they know that Aberdeen’s profile would be raising in UK and European terms over the next secen years.