This edition of the Magazine Archive sees us look at Shoot from 28th April 1990.

This week, was focusing on the Rumbelows Cup (That’s Carling Cup in modern currency) Final between Nottingham Forest and Oldham.

Then, Forest were a top flight club while Oldham were riding high (Getting promoted in 1991, and being Premier League founding members in 1992) in the Second Division (That’s The Championship in modern currency)

With the two clubs not meeting in the league that season, the cover image is of an Oldham player in a challenge with Manchester United’s Bryan Robson during the recent FA Cup Semi-Final between the two sides.

Personally, I would have went with a split image of a player from each team.

Each team gets a double page spread preview

A further double page spread is given to “Shoot Star Writer” Tony Cottee’s pre-match preview.

He rates each player in the starting 11 and 2 subs out of 10, with Nottingham Forest scoring 103 and Oldham scoring 104 with Cottee declaring that Oldham would win.

Nottingham Forest won the final 1-0 with a goal from Nigel Jemson, who 14 years later would be playing for Ballymena United.

Meanwhile, there is a competition to win flights and tickets to see England’s World Cup games against Republic Of Ireland or Holland.

Keir Radnedge’s column (He was the editor of World Soccer, owned by IPC who also owned Shoot)focusing on the rest of the world, sees FIFA President Joao Havelange stating that he wants to see China host the 2002 World Cup finals, while Japan have stated they wish to bid to host this event.

Japan did eventually host the 2002 World Cup, but in a co-hosting arrangement with South Korea.

That week, it was also announced that Portugal are wishing to bid to host the 1998 World Cup, in a candidate list which also includes Switzerland, Morocco, France and Brazil.

France were awarded hosting rights to the competition, which they won, beating Brazil 3-0 in the final.

Portugal (Euro 2004) and Switzerland (co-hosting of Euro 2008) have since gone on to host further tournaments, while Brazil (2014 World Cup) and Morocco (2015 African Nations Cup) are scheduled to host tournaments withing the next five years.

Morocco would also have a failed bid to host the 2010 World Cup, losing out to South Africa.

The build-up to that summer’s World Cup continues with team previews of Italy, Romania, Holland, England and Scotland.

There is also a double page spread of Stuart Pearce proving how hard he is by driving a tank.

He admitted that he almost joined the army after leaving school, and blames not getting in on telling them that he had an application pending with his local police force.

In rumours, Chris Woods is going to sign for QPR and Pat Nevin is going to sign for Celtic. Neither transfer happened.

Jimmy Greaves letters page is an eye-opener as Richard Barlow from Heaton suggests that England should bring Ray Wilkins to the World Cup in Italy.

Julie Glover from Kent dishes it out to Greavsie over his prediction that Crystal Palace wouldn’t stand a chance against Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park.

Paul Knauer from Avon writes in to complain about the Third and Fourth Division (That’s League One and League Two in modern currency) Play-Off Finals at Wembley as it devalues the prestige of the venue.

Jimmy Jones from Wallasey in Merseyside writes in to congratulate Kenny Dalglish on unearthing a world beater in Ronny Rosenthal.

Oh hindsight, what a wonderful thing.

In the latest league standings, Liverpool lead Aston Villa by two points with a game in hand, while Leeds, Sheffield United and Newcastle United are locked in a tight battle for promotion to Division One (That’s Premier League in modern currency)

In Scotland, Rangers are facing competition from Hearts and Aberdeen for the title, with Celtic 15 points behind in 4th.

The ad for the following week’s edition has the headline “STEWART HITS OUT”, referring to Tottenham Hotspur’s Paul Stewart.

Meanwhile, a double page spread is dedicated to an explosive interview with Charlie Nicholas, then of Aberdeen, declaring that he is leaving Pittodrie and that he is “Finished” with Scottish football.

He signed for the very much Scottish Celtic that summer.

The back page has an advert for a collection of figurines called “Sportstars”

Think of it as Corinthan figurines, but a bit bigger.

I had Bryan Robson, Neville Southall, Diego Maradona, Marco Van Basten, Peter Beardsley, Thomas Von Heeson, Mo Johnston, Ruud Gullit and Paul McStay.


October was a busy month, with lots of games and lots of goals, including, the greatest goal in football history ………… if you believe the Northern Ireland media.

The month started with Linfield taking on Portadown and finally getting into their goalscoring groove after a slow start to the season.

With a 3-0 lead at half-time, I decided to take the opportunity to get some stadium pics, as temporary seats were being put in, in preparation for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2012 Qualifier against Italy.

A few days later, I headed to The Oval for the second-half of the match between Glentoran and Portadown (I usually play football on a Tuesday night, so popped in ……. and I was in the Portadown end, just to clarify)

That night, Matty Burrows scored “The greatest goal in football history”

I must admit, watching it live in the flesh, it was a brilliant goal. Constant media overkill has been tiresome, but I suppose, it’s hard to complain about a positive good news Irish League story, especially when the media aren’t slow in sticking the boot into the game here.

That Friday, I was at the Northern Ireland v Italy game, and managed to get some good shos from my vantage point in the Viewing Lounge.

The following day, I was at Coleraine, one of my favourite away grounds to see Linfield record a 2-0 win.

Later in the month, I went to further Linfield games against Newry and Crusaders, especially enjoying the 8-1 win over Crusaders, before finishing the month off with another visit to Old Trafford, this time to see United take on Spurs.

Linfield v Portadown

Northern Ireland v Italy

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Newry City v Linfield

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur


This edition of “The Magazine Archive” takes a look back at March 2005 when Adriano was “The King Of Siere A”, according to World Soccer, who had bagged an interview with Inter Milan’s Brazilian striker.

The editorial focuses on a match fixing scandal, and wether Wayne Rooney can have the same impact at the 2006 World Cup as he did at Euro 2004.

Ivory Coast’s national team was featured as they aimed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Former French international Basile Boli, born in Ivory Coast says in the article that they could emulate Senegal’s success in the 2002 World Cup in 2006.

As it turned out Ivory Coast did qualify, but were eliminated after defeats to Argentina and Holland.

Franco Carraro, President of the Italian Football Federation was interviewed as Italy unveiled their bid to host Euro 2012.

Italy eventually lost out in the bidding process to a joint bid from Poland and Ukraine.

Italy tried to bid for Euro 2016 but were unsuccessful, with the tournament being awarded to France.

Meanwhile, the big story from Croatia during the monthly round-up was Nico Krankjaer’s sensational transfer from Dinamo Zagreb to Hadjuk Split.

Northern Ireland’s round-up consists of Linfield signing Shea Campbell, Newry City being thrown out of the Irish Cup, the launch of the Setanta Cup and Alan Dornan being sacked as manager of Crusaders. Quiet month then.

Meanwhile in South America, the player involved in the most expensive transfer between two clubs in that continent, Carlos Tevez, made his debut for Corinthians.

The recent South American Under 20 Championship allows for a feature on the 12 best young players in South America. Top scorer in the tournament Hugo Rodallega gets a lot of attention, alongside Lionel Messi.


October was a productive month for phototaking.

I’d went to the Northern Ireland v Italy match and got a prime position for some photos, as well as going again to Old Trafford to see United take on Spurs.

The leaves falling from the trees during month set up some great photos in and around Belast, and I also attended a couple of Linfield games.

As a result, I have quite a few photos to choose from this month.

This first photo, was taken during the Linfield v Portadown match at the start of the month, highlighting the temporary seats that were put in ahead of the international match against Italy the following week.

Some random knitted art made a brief appearance at traffic lights on the Stranmillis Embankment.

Meanwhile, having complained about phototaking opportunities at The Oval, I found that lesser supported teams aren’t that hard to photo, as I popped in for the conclusion of the Glentoran v Portadown match after my Tuesday night football session.

And yes, that was the game where Matty “Greatest Footballer In The World” Burrows scored “The Greatest Goal Of All-Time (C) BBCNI”

When venturing through Botanic Gardens, I noticed that the leaves falling from the trees offered a great photo opportunity, so I went snap happy.

The following day, the park was covered in frost, so I grabbed a few photos on my way to work.

Finally, some photos from my trip to Old Trafford at the end of the month.

See Also

Linfield v Portadown

Northern Ireland v Italy

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Gilpin’s Graffiti

Botanic 1

Botanic 2

Picadilly Gardens, Manchester

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur


Was at Windsor Park for the Euro 2012 Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Italy.

It was Northern Ireland’s first home game of the campaign following a 1-0 win over Slovenia in the opening game.

Windsor Park had two temporary stands put in for the game to meet demand for tickets.

My ticket was in the Viewing Lounge, which offered an excellent view of the game, albiet with no real opportunity for good match shots.

Managed to get some good portrait shots of the stadium, and I managed to get temporary access to the bottom tier of the South Stand for some shots.

Was quite happy with some of the shots I got, and the result especially, which finished 0-0, albiet an entertaining 0-0.

If Northern Ireland had won, it wouldn’t have been a Smash and Grab. However, if Italy had won, you wouldn’t have denied it to them.

When Northern Ireland attacked, you hoped they would score, when Italy attack, you feared they would score.

There were some hairy moments, not helped by unenforced errors giving possession away too frequently for my liking.

But, we got the result, and hopefully, it will be followed by a win against group minnow Faroe Islands, ahead of the game in Serbia.

Recent form suggest that Serbia will either win the group, or finish third.

Their opening two results, a draw with Slovenia and a defeat to Estonia, suggests that they may not be as good as people think they are, although it does suggest that Estonia are a lot better than people think they are.

So hopefully, we can get positive results in Faroe Islands and Serbia, to set things up nicely for another memorable Windsor occasion against Slovenia in March.

Until then, why not enjoy some photos from last night?