MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – SEPTEMBER 1999

Teddy Sheringham dressed as a 1970s Medallion Man is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine, as he shows off the medals he won during United’s historic treble season.

In news, there is a report on United’s friendly against Omagh Town which United won 9-0. The game was arranged to raise funds for victims of the bomb in the town the previous year, while Andy Cole has launched a music career with the release of a single called Outstanding.

Cover star Sheringham gets a five page interview as he looks back on a change in fortune after a difficult first year at United which failed to bring a trophy and he got criticism from fans and press.

Mark Bosnich has rejoined United from Aston Villa, and there is a look back at his first spell at the club, and the formative years of his career.

United have just brought out a dark blue away kit, and there is a behind the scenes feature of the promotional campaign and photo shoot for the kit.

An advert for the kit appears a few pages later.

The recently knighted Sir Alex Ferguson uses his monthly column to declare himself an honourary Mancunian.

There is a review of United’s pre-season games, which includes a match against Australia.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – JULY 2001

Rivaldo is the cover star of World Soccer, as the 2001 Copa America approaches. One international tournament that has already taken place, was the Confederations Cup, which was won by France, and gets a double page feature.

Sepp Blatter is under pressure following recent scandals, most notably players using false passports, and doping.

Didier Deschamps announced his retirement, and was immediately appointed manager of Monaco, while Owen Hargreaves got a two year extension on his Bayern Munich contract.

Pele, in his capacity as a columnist, suggests that you write Brazil off at your peril, ahead of the 2001 Cop America in Colombia. It turns out it would have been wise to write off Brazil, as they were eliminated in the Quarter-Finals by Honduras, 2-0.

They did manage to improve over the next twelve months to win the World Cup.

World Soccer gives a page to each team, previewing their chances in Colombia, apart from Brazil, who get two pages.

Roma’s Scudetto success gets a double page spread, while in Spain, Hector Cuper leaves Valencia on a low, missing out on the last Champions League place to Barcelona, and losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.

One of the club’s who qualified for the 2001-2002 Champions League, was Cuper’s former club Mallorca, who get a feature.

In Germany, the focus is on Bayern Munich’s signings of brothers Niko and Robert Kovac.

In England, the national side has been rejuvinated under new manager Sven Goran Eriksson, winning his first five games in charge. Sir Alex Ferguson has been given a pay rise ahead of his final season in charge before retirement, which he decided to delay for another eleven years.

In Northern Ireland, there is very little transfer activity, with Roy Hamill signing for Coleraine, while Linfield have released John Easton and Stephen Beatty.

Across the border, Roddy Collins has parted company with Bohemians after failing to show up for contract talks.

17 year old Arjen Robben is profiled, as the hottest prospect in Dutch football, having already agreed to sign for PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2002.

Another promising youngster profiled is Bosko Balaban, Croatia’s new goal king, already linked with moves to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Marseille and Fiorentina. He signed for Aston Villa that year, and was barely seen in England.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 27.4.2002

Ruud Van Nistelrooy is the cover star of Match as the European Cup is the the Last 4, as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Leverkusen and Barcelona are aiming to lift the trophy at Hampden Park.

But that’s not the biggest story in football. David Beckham has broken his metatarsal and is in danger of missing the World Cup, so Match gives readers to opportunity to wish him well. Meanwhile, a poll of 7-14 year olds say David Beckham has the hardest job in the world …… so Match photoshops him doing other so called “Hard jobs”

In other news, Michael Owen had just become England’s second youngest captain, after Bobby Moore 40 years earlier.

In competitions, you could “Rio” on VHD or DVD, featuring exclusive interviews with Rio Ferdinand, and him giving a tour of Leeds.

If you did win it, and supported Leeds, you might have been handing it in to your local charity shop a few months later, as he signed for Manchester United in July that year.

Peter Schmeichel, recently signed for Manchester City, gets lampooned in Match’s cartoon “Footy Crazy” for his red nose, as City manager Kevin Keegan makes him stick his head in a freezer so it will turn blue.

Match pulled off a bit of a coup, getting a four page exclusive interview with Sir Alex Ferguson, who had recently made a u-turn on his retirement.

Ferguson tells Match that his family convinced him not to retire, and that his goals for the next three seasons (the length of the new contract he had signed) was to win a major tournament, speaking enthusiastically about the fact that the average age of United’s squad was 26.

He then speaks about his management style, and what he looks for in a player, declaring that his two top managers are Ottmar Hitzfeld and Marcello Lippi.

He describes Zinedine Zidane as the best player in the world, but wouldn’t have been prepared to pay the 50m Real Madrid paid for him in 2001 on account of his age.

When asked if he could sign a player from history for the current United team, he eulogises about Pele and Johan Cruyff (he actually signed his son Jordi in 1996) but chooses Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano.

He’s confident that United can win a 4th successive title, but admits United need Arsenal to drop points, and then United to beat Arsenal to have any chance. Arsenal won every game from February onwards to win the title.

He also praises Sir Bobby Robson for the job he had done with Newcastle (they finished 4th to reach the European Cup) and predicts Chelsea to win the FA Cup (they lost 2-0 to Arsenal) and was upbeat about United’s chance of winning the European Cup in his native Glasgow. They lost on away goals to Bayer Leverkusen.

Match signs off by asking what he wants to achieve in the future, Ferguson simply replies that he wants to maintain the success of the previous 12 years.

Both European Cup Semi-Finals get a double page spread previewing them, and there’s an interview with Butt. Not United’s Nicky, but Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Hans Jorg Butt.

As the World Cup draws closer, Match features England hopefuls each week in a feature called “The Men For Sven”, with Ashley Cole the featured player this week.

Staying on the World Cup theme, Republic of Ireland get a full page preview.

In Ads, you could pop down to Woolworths and buy “David Beckham : Close Up” or “Michael Owen : Close Up” on VHS if you wished.

Eidur Gudjohnsen gets a double page interview about his progress at Chelsea, while also touching other matters such as the World Cup, where he describes France as “Very strong”

They went out in the groups without scoring a goal.

The big match of the weekend is Ipswich Town v Manchester United, vital at both ends of the table.

Match predicts a 2-1 United win. United won 1-0.

In foreign news, Roberto Baggio’s dreams of going to a 4th World Cup have been dashed, while Christian Panucci is at the centre of a transfer battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid. He signed for Roma that summer, the club where he spent the 2001-2002 season on loan.

2012 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER

November began slowly, but ended with a trip to Manchester and a penalty shoot-out.

My first big photo adventure came as part of Belfast Music Week, when I got some photos of a concert in The Limelight which featured Wonder Villains.

As part of Belfast Music Week, a plaque dedicated to Terri Hooley was erected in tribute to his contribution to music in the city, so I headed out to get some photos of this.

Football wise, it was a mixed bag. My first match of the month was at Solitude. The less said about the match, the better. A mixed bag phototaking wise, it always is at Solitude.

Went to the Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan game and got one good photo and a lot of bad ones. Later in the month, I headed to Old Trafford for the match against QPR, and had mixed results, but mostly pleasing.

Got some photos of the newly erected statue of Sir Alex Ferguson, but it’s not in a great position for amateur photography.

And finally, I graced the County Antrim Shield with my presence, but it was not much help as Linfield lost to Ballymena United. Managed to get some good crowd and portrait shots of The Oval.

Enjoy

Belfast Music Week

Pretty Child Backfire Photo Album

Wonder Villains Photo Album

Cliftonville v Linfield

Hooley

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Manchester Sticker Art

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers Photo Album

Ballymena United v Linfield

County Antrim Shield Final Photo Album

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOUR FOUR TWO – MAY 1997

In this segment, we look at Four Four Two, from May 1997, which pulled off a bit of a scoop by getting Alex Fergsuon (Not yet Sir Alex) and Kenny Dalglish on their front cover as Manchester United and Newcastle United were challenging for the title, alongside Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Premier League was nearing the end of it’s fifth season, and Ferguson and Dalglish (with Blackburn Rovers) had won the previous four, with Fergie leading 3-1

The Spine Line read “Alex, Matt, Tom, Johnny, Matt, Bill, Bill, George” which I guess might be some reference to Scottish managers in English football, considering Ferguson and Dalglish are on the cover with Matt being Busby, Bill being Shankly and George being Graham.

Recently sacked BBC Five Live presenter Danny Baker gets a page dedicated to him in support.

In the world of advertising, Ben Thatcher and Chris Perry of Wimbledon are advertising Valsport’s multicoloured range of boots.

To appreciate the quality of Valsport, you need to wear them apparantly.

World Cups of the future take up space in the magazine, with two pages bizarrely dedicated to wether England should make a joint bid with Germany to host the 2006 World Cup.

England had just successfully hosted Euro 96 and wanted to exploit this by bidding to host the 2006 World Cup, the next tournament (apart from Euro 2004, but having hosted Euro 96, it is unlikely it would be favourably looked at) that was available to bid for.

Germany had long stated their desire to host World Cup 2006. Viewers of ESPN Classic will note that Premier League grounds had hoardings with “England 2006” written on them.

When it came to the vote in the summer of 2000, it was South Africa, not England, who were Germany’s main rival as England were eliminated in the first round of voting.

Germany edged out South Africa, who eventually won the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

A feature titled “The Odd Couple” looks at the 2002 World Cup to be held in South Korea and Japan, the first time ever the World Cup would be co-hosted.

Despite the much feared tensions between the two host nations, the only confrontation of the 2002 World Cup would be between Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane at the Republic of Ireland training camp.