MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT 1.2.1986

Craig Johnston of Liverpool is the cover star ahead of a big week of cup football, but it will be revealed inside that he could be ending his season at the World Cup in Mexico.

Terry Gibson gets a double page interview after having an eventful year where his house and car suffered a series of attacks from a female fan who wanted to try and stop him from leaving Coventry.

Trevor Brooking tries to predict the outcome of the 4th Round of the FA Cup, tipping wins for Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton.

In Scotland, Shoot predicts a cup exit for Rangers in the tie of the round away to Hearts.

Shoot does a feature on Hung Quec Dang, who won Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools Competition to be invited to train with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Aston Villa.

As the World Cup nears, Shoot does a “Focus On …..” with Bobby Robson, where he reveals that his favourite singers are Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Shirley Bassey.

As you turn the page, there is another Robson, this time Bryan, who suggests that Craig Johnston, an Australian eligible for England, should be in England’s World Cup squad, while adding that Scotland and Northern Ireland might also be interested in getting his services, as he was eligible for all three countries due to having a UK passport.

There is a third Robson, Stewart, who got mentioned in Bryan’s column, suggesting he might be a star for Bobby at Euro 88.

Staying with the World Cup preparations, Scotland manager Alex Ferguson hits back at suggestions that his role with the national side is having a negative impact on Aberdeen, as he tries to do two jobs at once.

West Ham are getting cheered on from Yorkshire, as Mervyn Day tells Shoot he is pleased to see West Ham’s upturn in results this season.

Anthony Smith of Anglesey wins Jimmy Greaves Letter Of The Week for suggesting Don Revie should return to Leeds as manager, while Padraic Moran of Kilkenny suggests Liverpool should drop Ian Rush.

Gerry Forrest gets a full page feature, as he comes to terms with making his top flight debut at the age of 29, after making a move from Rotheram United to Southampton.

In transfer rumours, Everton want to sign Nick Pickering, Luton want to sign Brian McClair, and Sammy McIlroy wants to leave Manchester City in order to get games for the forthcoming World Cup.

Ian Rush uses his column to hit back at Brian Clough, after the Nottingham Forest manager accused Liverpool of being moaners after a recent draw between the two teams.

Motherwell get a Club Profile, while Aston Villa manager Graham Turner defends his record in the transfer market, having spent relatively big money on Paul Elliott, Simon Stainrod, Steve Hodge and Andy Gray.

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MAGZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 5.7.1986

We are in the final stages of the 1986 World Cup Finals, and Shoot are covering it, having a collage of images from the tournament so far as their cover image.

Gary Lineker’s hat-trick against Poland gets the double page treatment, as all three of his goals feature in a picture collage.

In The Editor’s Page, Peter Stewart goes behind the scenes at ITV’s World Cup coverage, presented from London by Brian Moore. But there was to be a twist for Moore, as he was to fly to Mexico City to commentate on the final, his first final commentary for television (He had covered the 1966 Final for radio)

Meanwhile, the big news that week, was that Lorraine from Sunderland was setting up a Nick Pickering fan club, and provided contact details for anyone wishing to join.

In 1986, Middlesbrough were a club in crisis, and on the verge of extinction before being saved by local businessman Steve Gibson. This story gets a page of coverage.

Meanwhile, Martin Cully from Kildare writes to Jimmy Greaves Letters Page to complain about Ian Rush not being in the England squad, which gets the predictable sarcastic response from Greavsie.

Talking of Ian Rush, he does an interview where he speaks of his impending transfer to Juventus (delayed by a year due to a ban on foreign signings by Italian clubs) and how he wanted to follow-up Liverpool’s double in 1986 by winning a clean sweep of English trophies in 1987.

Liverpool didn’t win a trophy in 1987, but Rush did score a goal in a League Cup Final defeat to Arsenal.