MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 23.10.1996

Ronan and Stephen from Boyzone are the cover stars of this edition of Smash Hits, during the Autumn of 1996.

In news, Howard Donald has recorded tracks for a solo album, while Jas Mann from Babylon Zoo has written a song for his new friend Paolo Maldini.

Jamie Redknapp has a column in Smash Hits, where he reveals that his social life is restricted to an Italian restaurant near Anfield.

Tipped for stardom this week, is Brian Kennedy.

Cover stars Boyzone get a three page diary, as they share their diary as they go on promotional duty.

Getting the lyrics poster treatment are Chemical Brothers, Lightning Seeds and Boyzone.

Robson and Jerome, riding high in the charts, get a three page feature.

Ant and Dec are reviewing singles, and give awards for Best Single to Catatonia and Octopus.

Gina G answers questions from a biscuit tin, revealing that she was 12 the first time she got drunk.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 17.5.1997

Juninho and Gianfranco Zola are the covers of this edition of Shoot, previewing the 1997 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Middlesbrough, with the headline ‘Battle Of The Mighty Midgets’

Italians Gianfranco Zola and Fabrizio Ravenelli get double page spreads previewing the game, as do Juninho and Mark Hughes, as well as player profiles of the two line-ups.

Shoot’s pull-out results magazine rounds up the 1996-1997 league season. It was a season when the top five titles were all won by clubs from the North West of England. Manchester United won their 4th title in 5 years, Bolton Wanderers marked their last season at Burnden Park with an instant return to the Premier League, Bury pipped League Cup Semi-finalists Stockport County to win Division Two, Wigan won Division Three on Goal difference from Fulham, while Macclesfield Town won promotion to the Football League, where they remained before relegation in 2012.

For Fulham, it took four years, and Wigan, it took eight years for them to get promoted to the Premier League, where they have been ever since. Swansea City, now in the Premier League, lost the Play-Off Final to Northampton Town. Hull City finished 17th in Division Three, before getting promoted to the Premier League in 2008.

There was an advert for a magazine called Babe Hound, with a tagline of ‘More Big Girls Than Juventus v Dortmund’ (Those two sides were to contest that season’s European Cup Final)

The cover star for the current edition was Jo Guest, which featured posters of Dannii Minogue, Gina G, Victoria Adams (you may know her now under her married name of Beckham), Jennifer Aniston and Gillian Anderson.

You couldn’t have a more 1997 lad mag if you tried.