MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 12.5.1990

Later today, Alan Pardew will lead out Crystal Palace for the FA Cup Final. In 1990, he was playing for Crystal Palace, appearing on the cover of Match with current Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, then a Manchester United player, with the FA Cup sandwiched inbetween them.

As you open the magazine, Mark Bright is interviewed, urging Crystal Palace to make him a contract offer he can’t refuse, amid speculation over his future.

Across the page, Gary Pallister is interviewed, stating the the FA Cup offers a lifeline to a disappointing season for both him and United.

In traditional cup final fashion, the teams get profiled by a team-mate, Gary O’Reilly for Palace and Mike Phelan for United.

Phelan reveals that Steve Bruce is known as “Empty head” due to knowing a lot of useless facts, and Paul Ince is known as “Mr Quote” due to his love of speaking to the press.

In news, Ronnie Rosenthal states he won’t be returning to Standard Liege for the following season, with Liverpool, where he on loan, being his preferred destination.

It’s also Cup Final Day in Scotland, where Celtic face Aberdeen, and this gets a double page profile.

With the World Cup in Italy approaching, Match looks at those players with ambitions of being on the plane, and the choices Bobby Robson has to make.

Ally McCoist gets a profile, where he reveals a fondness for Brooke Shields, a fear of Spiders, and that his favourite thing about Match is photos of Ally McCoist.

In Match Facts, 18 year old Mark Bosnich made what Match described as a “reasonable” debut for Manchester United in a 0-0 draw with Wimbledon.

In their foreign round-up, Napoli win Serie A, but their star player Diego Maradona wants to leave and join Marseille.

As part of their World Cup preview, South Korea get a double page profile.

The magazine ends with a double page profile on Paul Gascoigne, as Match assesses his performance against Czechoslovakia in one of England’s warm-up games.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 5.5.1990

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.