MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 7.10.1989

John Barnes is the cover star of Match as England face a crunch World Cup Qualifier away to Poland.

It’s not just England in a crunch game, as Match previews matches involving Republic of Ireland and Scotland.

One man hoping to go to the World Cup if England get there is Mike Newell, who is profiled after a goal filled start to his career at Everton since signing in the summer.

Peter Shilton gets interviewed by Match, and the feature is accompanied by a piece on the oldest footballers in history.

The magazine ends with an advert for the Match 1990 Football Yearbook.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOUR FOUR TWO – OCTOBER 2004

Various stars from Barcelona are the cover stars of this edition of Four Four Two, as the club are at the beginning of a revival after a few lean years at the start of the century.

Steve McManaman is the subject of this Month’s Cash For Questions, where he urges Wayne Rooney to stay at Everton, and reveals his first footballing hero was Bob Latchford.

Brian Clough uses his column to suggest that Trevor Brooking should replace Sven Goran-Eriksson after a sex scandal involving the Swede. Clough died before this magazine hit the shelves.

Lloyd Dyer of West Brom and Alan Blayney of Southampton are the subject’s of this month’s The Boy’s A Bit Special. Blayney reveals he doesn’t share Antti Niemi’s love of Metallica and Iron Maiden.

Robbie Savage uses his column to talk about his excitement about the forthcoming World Cup Qualifier between England and Wales at Old Trafford. It would be a match he wouldn’t take part in as he was suspended after his red card against Northern Ireland the previous month. He never played for Wales again.

Lawrie McMenemy is subject to a Q and A where he reveals that he’s not much of a drinker.

New Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is also subject to a Q and A, where he reveals that Arsenal were interested in signing him in 2002. Eventually, in 2015, he would sign for Arsenal.

Cover stars Barcelona get 15 pages of coverage, as they return to the Champions League after a season in the UEFA Cup, after a turbulent period at the start of the century. That month, they would give a debut to an unknown teenager called Lionel Messi.

There are three pages dedicated to a round table discussion between fans of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ahead of the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers, where England, Wales and Northern Ireland were all the the same group.

Gilberto Silva of Arsenal reveals a dark secret to Four Four Two ……… he plays the Mandolin.

Pete Winkleman is interviewed as MK Dons begin their first season in Milton Keynes, having stolen Wimbledon’s place in the Football League.

Elswhere in the Football League, there is a full page feature on Nick Barmby, as he has signed for his local club Hull City.

In Scotland, there is turmoil at Hearts as the club plans to sell Tynecastle and play home games at Murrayfield.

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-2 BURNLEY 22.1.2020

There are a lot of things to be annoyed about Manchester United in the last decade, and even though not being able to do the double over Burnley in six attempts is quite minor in the grand scheme of things, it’s still fucking annoying.

I’m beginning to see Will McKenzie’s point of view.

Ole is still at the wheel, but it’s a bumpy journey. United want to get 1st but need to take a detour to 4th. Chelsea keep slowing down to let them pull in, but they seem hesitant to put the speed on and go for it.

Chelsea’s latest fluff was a home draw against ten man Arsenal the night before, presenting United with an opportunity to reduce the gap on 4th place.

January had been mixed so far, and not an even balance.

The very first day of the month saw United become the first team to lose to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

Even though there was progress in the FA Cup via a replay against Wolves, there was a League Cup exit to Manchester City and defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Sandwiched inbetween that was comprehensive 4-0 win over Norwich City.

I’ve travelled to midweek games in recent years as they’re easier to get to and cheaper in terms of hotel rooms, heading over Tuesday to Thursday. However, even midweek fixture lists are having games moved to Thursday night, I might not be able to do this if i’m going to be held to ransom by TV schedulers.

TV schedulers had their fun with this game, making it a 8.15pm kick-off. Yep, you read that right.

United started off well and their first chance came when Aaron Wan-Bissaka crossed for Anthony Martial, who sliced it with his left foot when he should have smashed it with his right foot.

Juan Mata was next to miss for United from a similar position when he also went with the wrong foot.

Wan-Bissaka was enjoying a lot of space down the right, and United weren’t slow in getting him on the ball at any opportunity they could.

United were given a reminder of why they had to take their chances when Chris Wood headed a free header wide from a few yards out. It was a major let-off for United.

Daniel James was next to be denied for United when his stretching header was saved by Nick Pope. It looked close on the TV, but it was a save that Pope should have been making.

Anthony Martial then had a big chance to give United the lead, but a heavy touch allowed a Burnley player to get in and make a tackle. All he had to do was take one touch to set himself up and then smash it into then net.

As the half neared it’s end, it was Burnley who took the lead when Chris Wood hooked home from close range after a long free-kick was flicked on. It was a poor goal to concede and against the run of play.

As United players gathered to restart the game, you could sense in the body language that United’s players didn’t believe they could get the two goals now required to win the game.

Even at this early stage, it was clear that this game was calling out for Mason Greenwood. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw that, and brought him on at half-time.

After a brief flurry at the start of the second-half from United, it was Burnley who got the next goal from a first time effort from Jay Rodriguez.

As with a lot of goals United have conceded in recent years, there were a lot of questions to be asked, even if it did look spectacular when you saw the TV footage.

First, it cam from a throw to United, two headers lost and Burnley were in on goal. Maguire beaten first to the ball when he should be winning it and De Gea being beaten too easily at his near post.

There was a late flurry of pressure from United, but it became clear that United were a team in need of inspiration, but a team without inspirers.

Most often an attack was ended by Nemanja Matic or Fred being unable to use their right foot. Both are good at what they do, but what they do isn’t what United need.

That late flurry brought about two incidents that were a match going first for me, VAR calls in the flesh.

One was for a possible red card for a Burnley player who had been booked, and a check to see if a United goal would stand. Neither decision went in United’s favour.

My own experience was that it was very quick, and it was clear what was happening as an announcement was made over the Tannoy, although the announcement sounded automated.

The previous two seasons, United had come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. In last season’s match, it was two late goals that secured the point. It was not to be, as Burnley secured a 2-0 win.

It was a result that left United 5th in the Premier League, allowing Chelsea to extend their gap in 4th, and allow Tottenham Hotspur to pull closer and failing to take advantages of defeats for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United.

It was a match which highlighted United’s deficiencies over the past seven years.

As soon as Burnley went 1-0 up, it was clear which way this match was going to go.

United’s players have a weak mentality and don’t know how to respond to adversity. When they fall behind, more often than not, they don’t know how to respond. Games against Watford, Arsenal, Bournemouth and West Ham are examples of that.

Even the League Cup game against Manchester City saw 0-1 escalated to 0-3 very quickly, which ultimately cost them, regaining their composure far to late, rendering the result at the City Of Manchester Stadium nothing more than heroic failure.

And when they do, such as games against Sheffield United and Aston Villa, they threw away the initiative immediately. They haven’t got the ability to close games out and always give teams a hope.

Also weak in mentality in terms of going away from home to bottom half teams. It’s their biggest game of the season and you have to be up for the fight before you can play football.

Don’t tell me United still aren’t a big deal. If Solskjaer gets sacked, the papers will clear at least ten pages to cover it.

They also seem unfit and don’t seem capable of playing two games a week. You could see the result against Bournemouth coming a mile off after a run of away games. You could see the result against Arsenal coming, after a busy run of games over Christmas.

Even this match, United’s seventh in January, looked like it was one game too far.

If you want to challenge for trophies, especially this side of Christmas, you had better get used to Saturday-Wednesday.

It wasn’t just this game that United bemoaned missed opportunities. It’s missed opportunities in general.

2016, missed opportunity to finish in the Top 4, shamefully allowing themselves to be intimidated by a West Ham side who had just lost 4-1 to Swansea.

2017, another missed opportunity to finish in the Top 4. It didn’t matter in terms of European qualification as United won the UEFA Cup. However, they could easily have finished 4th (dropped points to Everton, Swansea, West Brom and Southampton from April onwards) and killed Liverpool’s momentum. Typical of United in recent years, they didn’t know what they wanted to do. They could have finished 4th and won the UEFA Cup.

2019, 4th place was there but they threw it away.

Every summer has seen an opportunity to push forward missed by United.

2014, to prove the Moyes era was a blip.

2015, back in the European Cup, now to get back to winning titles.

2016, a lot of big clubs in a state of flux at the shock of Leicester winning the Premier League.

2017, three trophies in two years. Now to push for the big prizes.

2018, highest Leaguue position in five years. Now for the title.

2019, self explanatory.

The whole mentality of the club needs. From the day Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United have allowed themselves to be gaslighted. It should have been a case of business as usual. It started when David Moyes began complaining about a difficult run of opening games. He should have been saying it was a great opportunity to get points on the board and let rivals try to catch us.

The attitude of “Oh well, we had a good twenty years” needs to stop. Let’s have another good twenty years.

United beat every team in the League in 2017-2018 and allowed people to tell them they’re shite.

United beat PSG and Juventus away, and allowed people to tell them they’re shite.

It’s amazing what a bit of positivity can do. Liverpool scraped 4th, stuck a slogan on the side of a bus, and now everybody is afraid of them. The biggest grift job in history.

You’d think people would be careful about believing what they see on the side of a bus after the Summer of 2016.

The attitude of patting themselves on the back for pushing Liverpool and Manchester City all the way isn’t good enough and has to stop. Winning is all that matters.

No amount of Chicken Noodle sponsors will change that. If the decline continues, the Chicken Noodle sponsors will disappear. Chicken Noodle sponsors shouldn’t be dictating change. Results on the pitch should.

It’s true that United have missed key players through injury this season.

That should not be an excuse. That is why you have a squad.

Roy Keane missed most of 1997-1998 and United lost the title by a point. Nemanja Vidic missed half of 2011-2012 and United missed the title on goal difference.

Players get injured, you get on with it.

One of the few highlights of this season has been the emergence of young talent such as Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay.

McTominay is a proper nasty wee shite. The day he gets his first red card, he’ll have a reputation. We should savour these days.

United have finally got themselves into gear, sort of, this Transfer Window, but why has it taken until the last week? They had three months to prepare themselves.

In is Bruno Fernandes, the greatest player ever or an overrated fraud, if you’re one of the millions of Twitter users who watch Portugese Football on Freesports.

Odion Ighalo is a stopgap, but United should have already had the squad in place to cope with Marcus Rashford getting injured, instead of dipping into the loan market.

Next for me in football trips, I might be going to the West Ham game in May.

I’ll definitely be staying in Bray for the Euro 2020 Last 16 game in Dublin in late June. There are League Of Ireland games on the Monday night so i’ll take in one of them.

There was a revised League Of Ireland First Division fixture list, but there’s no home game for Bray that night.

I’m still looking to go away over the July holidays. Tallinn is a hope but looking unlikely. I might go to Waterford that weekend. Waterford are at home on the Friday, but there’ll be other stuff i’ll be doing as well.

I’ve got a random urge to do a Newcastle/York double header towards the end of the year. Not for football, but for exploring somewhere I haven’t been to for a while. Oh course, as soon as I even consider visiting York, they get an outbreak of Coronavirus.

Wherever I go for my next football trip, hopefully the action on the field (I actually enjoyed my visit to Manchester otherwise) on the field is a lot better.

Photo Album

Manchester United v Burnley 2019

SALFORD QUAYS STREET ART – JANUARY 2020

Of course, no trip to Manchester would be complete without a walk along Pomona Wharf to check out the Street Art.

Well apart from the last time when I decided to visit Rochdale and check out the aftermath of Rochdale Uprising.

I usually stay in Salford Quays when I go to see United, so I can just walk over, but as I was staying in the City Centre, I needed to change my plans.

I decided to head over on the afternoon of the match, to make the most of my Day Ticket on the Metrolink.

The area was still untidy, but not as bad as it was previously, I got some photos of new pieces, including a Hello Kitty.

Closer to home, a listing in Island Arts Centre’s new programme is for a Hit The North event to be held in Lisburn in late April. Very interesting, I shall be keeping an eye out for this and checking it out.

Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art May 2019

Salford Quays Street Art January 2019

Salford Quays Street Art November 2018

Salford Quays Street Art May 2018

Salford Quays Street Art December 2017

Salford Quays Street Art January 2017

Salford Quays Street Art November 2016

Salford Quays Street Art May 2016

SALFORD CITY 2-1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 21.1.2020

Over in Manchester for United’s match against Burnley, I was over for three days and had a spare evening on the Tuesday. So, time to get the fixture list out and see if I can take in a game. I had options.

One was Macclesfield Town, at home to Crewe, but not knowing how to get there or if I could back to Manchester after the match, that was ruled out.

Last year, I had a spare day and went to Sheffield, so Sheffield United were an option. However, due to check-in times (I’d want any match to be part of an overall day trip), any Tuesday match would have to be ruled out. Plus, i’d be on a train home full of Berts.

There was another Manchester v Sheffield encounter that night, with FC United (Northern Premier League) taking on Sheffield FC (Confusingly, now based in Derbyshire, who are in Northern Division One) in the Integro Cup, the League Cup for clubs in the Northern League, the 7th and 8th Tiers of English Football.

That would have been a good opportunity for me to actually see a match at Broadhurst Park. The last time I was there was in 2016 when I was over for a United game. I wasn’t allowed into the ground, as they were doing a pitch inspection just over an hour before kick-off, and then was given the news that the match was postponed.

However, it was this game that stood out, a cup Quarter-Final with a place at Wembley tantalisingly close.

For those who don’t know, this match was in the Football League Trophy. It is a trophy for clubs in the 3rd and 4th Tiers of English football, to give them a chance of a trip to Wembley and a trophy.

It is interesting to note that some of the bigger clubs who have fallen into this level such as Leicester City, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have all failed to win the competition.

Recent years have seen a controversial revamp of the competition where underage sides of Premier League clubs have been allowed to enter, although not successfully, as the only one remaining of the eight Quarter-Finalists was Leicester City.

Anyone with even the most basic of interest in football will know all about the recent success of Salford City, climbing up the Leagues thanks to investment from The Class Of 92 (If you don’t know, that’s the collective name for David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes)

The club’s profile has been boosted by being the subject of various TV documentaries.

One ambition was realised last year when they won the National League Play-Offs at Wembley to reach the Football League for the first time.

Accrington Stanley have also climbed up the Leagues, having been founder members of the Football League before going bust and reforming, eventually making their way back to the Football League in 2006.

They remained in League Two until gaining promotion to League One in 2018, meaning they were favourites for this game as the higher ranked sides.

This was Salford’s first season in Football League competitions. Their League Cup campaign fell at the first hurdle with a defeat to Leeds United. They were now two wins from Wembley in their first attempt at winning the Football League Trophy.

I was going to this match as a neutral and didn’t care who won, just as long as there was a winner in 90 minutes, so that I wouldn’t have to negotiate late night bus schedules to Manchester City Centre.

Renovated in recent years, Moor Lane is named after the street it is located on, it is hard to miss as you walk towards it, big bright floodlights in the shape of the club’s badge, with red neon lights around it.

The street by which I entered the ground? Nevile Street. I didn’t bother to check to see if there was a Bott Street, Scholls Stree, Goggs Street or Buckham Street.

As with any ground I visit on my travels, I like to have a nosey around the club shop. There are plenty of programmes from home and away games this season if that’s your things. I did give the idea of buying a tracksuit top a miss as they look a bit Crusadersey.

We even had a guest PA Announcer for this game, with Accrington Stanley supporter David Lloyd doing the announcements for the away team, although he fluffed a couple of players names. I think he’ll be sticking to Cricket from now on.

Accrington took an early lead when Sam Finlay got spaced outside the box and his long range shot was deflected up and agonisingly over the keeper and.

Salford were looking to stay in the game as Accrington began to show why they play at a higher level, but they survived it, and managed to stay in the game.

Not only did they stay in the game, they began to prosper themselves, and got rewarded with an equaliser from the last touch of the half, when Cameron Burgess backheaded into the net in front of a sizeable away support to make it 1-1.

Within a few minutes of the second-half, Salford took the lead when Luke Armstrong won possession ahead of a hesitant Stanley defender and set up Tom Elliott to fire home.

As Stanley looked for an equaliser, we were treated to their keeper channelling Jose Luis Chilavert by trying to score from a free-kick, but the ball went wide.

In truth, Salford were comfortably holding on, while Stanley were getting frustrated.

In injury time, one of Stanley’s started arguing with Stewards when the ball went out of play, eventually running into the crowd behind the goal to retrieve it, prompting one Salford supporter to comment “Oi, leave it out dickhead”.

The match finished 2-1 to Salford, who are now one win away from a trip to Wembley in their first ever season in the Football League. To do so, they’ll have to get past the winners of the match between Newport County and Leicester City Under 23s.

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Accrington Stanley v Exeter City 2014

MANCHESTER STREET ART – JANUARY 2020

I recently headed over to Manchester to see United take on Burnley. The less said about that match the better.

On the plus side, I did get to see some decent Street Art.

A veteran of visiting Manchester, I know my way about and where to find Street Art. However, I did get a pleasant surprise.

When I make my own way to a United match, I usually stay at Salford Quays. However, this time, I was staying just off Oxford Road.

That meant, I would get a train from Manchester Airport to Piccadilly instead of a tram to Salford Quays.

Just before arriving in Piccadilly, I noticed some Street Art that got my attention, so I decided to investigate more.

It was a mural in part of a new development called Mayfield, and a mural has been commissioned to commemorate the history of the area, and the work of Thomas Hoyle.

As I was staying in the University Area, I discovered some pieces when walking to my hotel, such as a mural which said “GOOD LIFE” and a mural of bees buzzing around a rainbow outside The New Union Hotel.

I went in search of Street Art in the Northern Quarter, spotting a piece of Top Cat, just like there is one in Lisburn.

However, the Street Art in Stevenson Square is the same as on my last visit in November, so I didn’t bother documenting that.

On the Wednesday, I got some more photos on pieces I stumbled on, such as when I explored through Great Northern. I also by fluke stumbled upon the mural of Ariana Grande.

Funnily enough, I remember the news coverage at the time and made a mental note to go and see it, but I forgot, so this was a happy fluke.

Thursday was a mop-up day, getting pieces in Tib Street and Thomas Street for completeness.

Photo Album

Manchester Street Art November 2019

Manchester Street Art May 2019

Manchester Street Art January 2019

Manchester Street Art November 2018

Manchester Street Art May 2018

Manchester Street Art December 2017

Manchester Street Art May 2017

Manchester Street Art February 2017

Manchester Street Art November 2016

Manchester Street Art May 2016

Manchester Street Art January 2016

Manchester Street Art November 2015

Manchester Street Art May 2015

Manchester Street Art November 2014

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 9.12.1989

Match action from Scotland v England is the cover image of this week’s edition, as the two countries could be paired together in the forthcoming draw for the 1990 World Cup.

Bobby Davison of Leeds United shows Match around his house, sharing his matchday routine and his CD collection.

It’s the 2nd Round of the FA Cup, and Aylesbury are hoping to shock Northampton Town. Their manager Trevor Gould knows someone with FA Cup pedigree, his brother Bobby won the competition 18 months earlier.

Hans Gilhaus of Aberdeen gets a profile, stating that his best form is yet to come, despite a goalscoring start to his career in Scotland, saying that Aberdeen have a lot of similarities to his former club PSV Eindhoven.

In news, South African born Roy Wegerle is hoping to play for USA in the 1994 World Cup, as he’ll have to wait until 1991 to get US citizenship.

David Platt tells Match he has no plans to leave Aston Villa, having turned down Watford and Hibs to join them from Crewe.

In foreign news, Chris Waddle could have increased competition at Marseille, with the club strengthening their squad.

2019 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER

November 2019 began with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield get a win over Carrick Rangers.

A few days later, I made my first trip of the season to Old Trafford, to see United beat Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Cup.

While I was there, I got photos of Street Art in Manchester, and then visit to Rochdale in search of Street Art, after there was a festival held there in August.

The following weekend, I headed to The Brandywell to see Linfield take on Institute. While I was there, I was able to get some photos (from a fence outside) of Institute’s abandoned former stadium, Drumahoe.

Later that day, on my return from the North-West, I took in a second football match, Northern Ireland’s European Championship Qualifier against Holland.

Six days later, I was on the road again, to see Linfield lose 1-0 to Glenavon.

A few days later, I headed to Vilnius in Lithuania for a very short, very cheap and very cold break. Unsurprisingly, I was out snapping with my camera.

On the last day of the month, I got up early and walked up Cavehill, my first time doing so. Later that day, I headed to Windsor Park to see Linfield face Larne.

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade

Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade Photo Album

Rochdale Uprising

Rochdale Uprising Photo Album

Drumahoe

Drumahoe Photo Album

Institute v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Holland

Northern Ireland v Holland Photo Album

Glenavon v Linfield

Vilnius

Vilnius Photo Album

Vilnius Street Art

Vilnius Street Art Photo Album

Cavehill

Cavehill Photo Album

Linfield v Larne

2019 IN PICTURES – MAY

May 2019 began with a busy Bank Holiday Weekend, starting off by going to see Echo and the Bunnymen at Custom House Square, Ulster v Connacht at Ravenhill, and then checking out Street Art as part of Hit The North.

The following weekend, I headed to Manchester to see United take on Cardiff City. The less said about that match the better.

On the plus side, I did manage to get some Street Art photos from the city.

That was it. The first two weekends of the month were busy, the second two not so much.

Echo and the Bunnymen live at Custom House Square

Echo and the Bunnymen live at Custom House Square Photo Album

Ulster v Connacht

Ulster v Connacht Photo Album

Hit The North

Hit The North Photo Album – Sunday 5th May 2019

Hit The North Photo Album – Monday 7th May 2019

Hit The North Photo Album – Aftermath

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Cardiff City

Manchester United v Cardiff City Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art

Salford Quays Street Art Photo Album

2019 IN PICTURES – JANUARY

2019 began for me with a trip to the seaside on the very first day of the year, to Clandeboye Park to see Linfield take on Ards as they aimed for three points in the title race.

Eleven days later, was my first trip of the year to Windsor Park to see Linfield beat Warrenpoint Town.

That was then followed a week later by a trip to Seaview to see Linfield beat Crusaders.

A month that was mostly spent watching football saw me return to Windsor Park to see Linfield beat Glentoran in a televised game.

The next day, I headed to Manchester. Guess what? It was for a football match, as Manchester United took on Burnley.

While I was there, I got photos of Street Art in Manchester and Salford Quays, while I also snuck in a day trip to Sheffield, where I got more Street Art photos.

While I was in Manchester, it snowed, so I got some photos of that, including snow outside Old Trafford.

Ards v Linfield

Linfield v Warrenpoint Town

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Glentoran

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Burnley

Manchester United v Burnley Photo Album

Manchester Snow

Manchester Snow Photo Album

Sheffield Street Art

Sheffield Street Art Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art

Salford Quays Street Art Photo Album