Celebration time for Nottingham Forest and Rangers, as they are featured on the cover celebration recently won trophies, Forest winning the League Cup (pictured with a sponsors trophy, rather than the League Cup trophy we know) and Rangers celebrating a Scottish League title.
For both teams, it was a 2nd successive win in their respective competitions. For Forest, it was their last major trophy (If you don’t include winning what is now The Championship title in 1998) and for Rangers, it was the 2nd of a record equalling 9 in a row.
Incidentally, Forest’s win in 1990 was the last time a team won the trophy in successive years before Manchester United achieved the feat in 2009 and 2010.
The game at Wembley gets a double page report on pages 2 and 3. Forest won 1-0 with a goal from Nigel Jemson. Little did Jemson know, that 14 years in the future, he would be playing for Ballymena United.
Rangers title success gets a double page spread on pages 4-5.
In news, Hibs star John Collins is rumored to be heading for the continent, with Bordeaux, Real Sociedad and Nice believed to be interested in signing him.
Collins would leave Hibs, and play on the continent, but these two events would be separated by six years – Collins left Hibs for Celtic that summer, then left Celtic for Monaco in 1996.
In Shoot’s diary for the week, it notes that both Gary Crosby (26) and Andy Dibble (25) celebrate their birthday on May 8th 1990.
The reason why that is quite funny, is that both players were involved in one of the most bizarre football incidents in 1990, when Crosby headed the ball out of Dibble’s hand, to score a goal.
Lenny Lawrence, manager of relegated Charlton warns his side are in serious danger of being relegated again in 1991, such is the lack of quality they possess. They stayed in the Second tier until they gained promotion to the Premier League in 1998.
In ads, PFA Player Of The Year David Platt is advertising Arrow boots.
There is a competition to win a complete set of Sportstars figurines, alongside an advert for World Cup preview books for England, Scotland and Republic of Ireland.
In foreign news, Roberto Baggio, then of Fiorentina, says he won’t sign for Juventus. In the summer of 1990, Roberto Baggio signed for Juventus.
Meanwhile, new Liverpool signing Ronnie Rosenthal gets a double page feature. In 1990, he was a bachelor, and intended spending the summer of 1990 on the beach in Israel, drove a VW Jetta, and can speak five languages.