Birmingham United! A 1987 Villa/Brum/Baggies Mash Up…

Here’s a sight… a combined West Brom, Aston Villa and Birmingham City team group in the city centre as featured in Football Today magazine in November 1987…

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Football Today – a short-lived, but quite popular magazine in the late 80s – took the photo thirty years after the one in the top left hand corner which appeared in the Birmingham Evening Mail in honour of the three clubs appearing in the 1957 FA Cup semi-finals.

10 points for naming all 50 of them, we’ll throw in the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Fred Gattridge for free.


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Which sticker are you still missing?

Here’s mine… Stewart Barrowclough from FKS’s Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1973-74…


Still absent, an empty frame underlining my failure after 41 years…
All that playground swapping time and I never manage to complete the task.

The shame…

Which sticker are you missing? Let us know.

 Why not treat yourself to one of these? Before you have to turn your attention to the gardening again…

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‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Chelsea’ – OUT NOW!

The latest in the ‘Got, Not Got’ series of club editions is Chelsea… 

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Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Chelsea is an Aladdin’s cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to Stamford Bridge’s fondly remembered ‘Golden Age’ of mud and magic – as well as a Blues-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds. The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days – Blues stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more – revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent Chelsea. If you were a Junior Blue, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from the arrival of Dave Sexton on the Kings Road to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks – Osgood, Hudson and Dixon, Nevin, Walker and Harris – and the marvels of the lost world of football…

You can buy it online on Amazon HERE.

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Pics of the Day: Football Grounds from the Air Quiz

Ha! So you thought Burnden Park was too easy, did you? Here’s four more heartbreakingly smashing air shots of grounds back in the day. All you have to do is tell us where… and when. Let’s say which decade, to give you a fair chance.

Answers on a postcard below (GNG blog), at the GNG Facebook page (pls do follow us, there’s loads of comment there that doesn’t get seen here) or via the GNG Twitter feed at @GotNotGot (ditto).

2 3 4 5Good luck!


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‘Got, Not Got: Ipswich Town’ reviewed by the East Anglian Daily Times

Karl Fuller has given our latest club series book ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Ipswich Town’ a blinding review in today’s East Anglian Daily Times…

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And click HERE to buy the book if Karl’s review has you convinced!

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Pic of the Day: Mystery Ground from the Air, 1971

A couple of weeks ago, when we showing off Gavin Haigh’s rather splendid St James’ Park model, we mentioned our ‘Football Grounds from the Air’ book, long lost in the general clutter.

It’s turned up. And here’s one of our atmospheric favourites, sucking back the exact vibe of football 40 years ago, exciting, forbidden places to play, and fictional backstreets. Three points for the first GNG treehouse dweller to correctly identify the magnificent muckheap in question – of course, long since demolished.


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The Fine & Ancient Art of Keepy-Uppy

Steve O’Neill practices the ancient art of Keepy-Uppy in his backyard…

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The law of going up the recce states: “Should there be six available players or more then they shall be divided into teams accordingly on a pitch size determined by the two captains. Should there be five then they shall play Cuppies – two teams of two and one goalkeeper and one goal. Should there be three or under then they shall play Keepy-Uppy.”
It takes two minutes to understand the rules of Keepy-Uppy and a lifetime to get past 50.
The ball cannot touch the ground and should be constantly propelled upwards by feet, knees, thigh, chest or head.
One summer we did virtually nothing else and managed a glorious 72.

What was your record?

Did you know that ‘Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures and Pleasures’ is currently selling on Amazon at an outrageous £7.74 (RRP £20)
You can buy it by clicking here.
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