Your 3 favourite programme covers…

Tell us what your three favourite programme covers are and win a copy of ‘Fully Programmed: The Lost World of Football Programmes’…

It’s as easy as that.
The ones we like the best will win. Contact us on here, email or via our Twitter or Facebook pages.

Here are ours.

No 3: Aston Villa’s ‘documentary series’ – 1975-76. 
Getting into the heart and soul of AVFC.

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No 2: Manchester United’s ‘Prog Rock Prog’ – 1970-71. 
Perfect for the times…

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No 1: West Bromwich Albion’s ‘Acid Trip through the 20th Century Masterpiece.’ – 1974-75. 
Edwardiana meets the 70s seamlessly in a colourful splash of cutting-edge
nostalgia that’s right up there with Sergeant Pepper and Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.

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There’s ours. Send us yours.
A photo would be a big help. If not tell us the club, opposition and the season.


Fully Programmed “enables football fans of a certain vintage to look back fondly on the football programme’s ‘Golden Era’ of the 1960s-1990s,” it says here. “This beautiful, hilarious, evocative book is a must-have for football collectors and nostalgics – and for any fan who remembers mud, mavericks and men in white coats standing on street corners.”

Yours for £16.99. Nah, £11.89 … at least before Amazon notice and change it.

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Scorcher… the best comic ever?

Scorcher was launched in January 1970, joined forces with Score, and was then swallowed up by Tiger…

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It launched several legends of the football comic world including ‘Nipper’, ‘Billy’s Boots’ and ‘Hot Shot Hamish’, as well has having some great arty club-based covers and features on the (actual, real) game.

Send us your memories of Scorcher… Remember prison side ‘Lags Eleven’; ‘Bobby of the Blues’ young captain of Everpool City (local rivals – Mersea Port); Jimmy Jinks – Wanderers Jinx supporter; and The Boy in the Velvet Mask – Alan Hemmings had to play in a mask as his father had forbidden him to play football?

We have bought several issues of Scorcher from eBay to feature in our various ‘Got, Not Got’ club editions, and we still get a thrill when they arrive through the letterbox.

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All ‘Got, Not Got’ titles are currently available on Amazon…








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Win a copy of ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’ in our competition.

If you haven’t got a copy of last year’s hit ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’ yet, now is your chance to win a copy, using your almost frightening knowledge of old football shirts…

Tell us which club each of these shirts belongs to…

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We think it is difficult, but you usually prove us wrong, so if we have more than one all correct answer then the winner will be drawn from the blue and white Got, Not Got Bobble Hat of Truth.

Good luck – send your answers to: by Thursday 19th November.

If you can’t be arsed to work out the answers, just buy a copy HERE.

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‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Newcastle United’ for a perfect Geordie Christmas

What to get the Newcastle fan in your life, who has everything, for Christmas…?

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There you go… problem solved.

Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Newcastle United is an Aladdin’s cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to St James’ Park’s fondly remembered ‘Golden Age’ of mud and magic – as well as a Mags-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 – Toon stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more – revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent Newcastle United. If you were a Junior Magpie, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from the Joe Harvey era to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks – Macdonald, Mirandinha and Gascoigne; Keegan, Quinn and Waddle – and the marvels of the lost world of football.

“Amazing Retro Souvenirs from the Lost World of Newcastle United. Every Magpie would love these jewels.” — Sabotage Times

You can buy it HERE – to ensure a harmonious festive period for all the family.


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And the ‘Fully Programmed’ Competition Winner is….

We had quite a few correct entries, well done to everyone as we thought we had made it quite tough…

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The first name drawn out of the big blue and white Got, Not Got bobble hat was:
Barry Woodrow of Norwich.
Well done Barry – a copy is on its way to you.

If you didn’t win, never mind, you can still buy Fully Programmed HERE at a ridiculous saving of £5.10 (30%).

“Love this. Both a humorous and very informative book. Plus in football programme dimensions!
With programmes now available digitally could eventually go the way of vinyl.
I remember reading them with my grandad on the terraces in the hour and a half wait before kick off in the days of standing. We used to get one each!
Some great covers and elegantly assembled with the programmes taking centre stage.
   P. F. Clayden   

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Win a copy of ‘Fully Programmed’ in our Spot the Prog competition…

You can win a copy of our new football programme book: ‘Fully Programmed’ in our fiendishly difficult * competition….

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* We always think that but then you go and prove us wrong…

We have zoomed in on 12 programmes and want you to name the 12 clubs featured…
If more than one person gets all 12 then we will pick the winner out of the Got, Not Got blue and white bobble hat.

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That’s all there is to it.

Please send your entries to:  by Wednesday 28th October.

If you can’t be arsed to enter the competition then just buy it HERE from Amazon.

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Yaaaargh! John Noakes’ view from a Loftus Road floodlight

It wasn’t just our Gary who used to drop by for a swing from the top of his local club’s floodlight pylons back in the 70s and 80s. He was in good company, with John Noakes out of Blue Peter also apparently a big fan of the scariest view in ground.

Here’s Noakes captured years ago on Derek’s state-of-art massive telly. Just how much fun is he having? Check the pictures below to find out the state of his underpants, and what the view was like straight down into a Shepherd’s Bush back garden.

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It was in the 1980s when I got into the habit, after several pints of a successful Saturday night, of breaking into Filbert Street and sneaking a visit to every dark, deserted corner of the terraces. The killer dog warnings were a little white lie. It wasn’t really so much breaking in as climbing over a rickety gate, handily anaesthetised to the odd scratch of razor wire. On my second or third midnight visit, I looked up and couldn’t resist the temptation of the ultimate viewpoint of the shadowy pitch – a god’s eye view.

On matchday, it was impossible to get more than three feet off the ground up a pylon strut without a white-coated steward ushering you down. But in the middle of the night, it was easy to haul myself up 20 feet to the level of the first ladder – and onward, and upward.
qpr Picture 069In retrospect, I can understand why the police and stewards never used to let fans climb even the base of the floodlights to gain a better view at a packed house; why the lights never featured on the kids ‘n’ corporates Stadium Tour devised a few years later.

But for a reminder of the sheer thrill of being alive – albeit perhaps luckily so – I can recommend the sensation of climbing to the very top of the floodlight tower looming directly above the modest Victorian entrance on Filbert Street; of looking down on the Main Stand roof and TV gantry and out across the streetlit terraces to the bright lights of the city centre. And feeling the wind in my hair and the chill of the rusty girder on my hands as I swung out, time and time again, above the corner of the terracing, 140 feet below.

Note: Please don’t mention any of this to Gary’s mum, or she’ll have eggs.

Look out below! The Got Not Got ‘Fully Programmed’ Prize Superquiz starts tomorrow!! Your prog detective skills to be rewarded with free copies!!!

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