QPR fans in Vietnam War programme reunion – Got, Not Got hits the headlines

Got, Not Got hit the BBC headlines last week.

Longtime fan, Radio 5 Live’s Adrian Chiles, somehow managed to track down a Vietnam veteran QPR fan and the 11-year-old lad who responded to his request for Superhoops programmes in the jungle back in 1969 – as originally unearthed in Got, Not Got 1.  vietnam vet qprHere’s links to the amazing story – QPR Match Programmes Kept Me Sane, Says Vietnam Veteran – and tearjerking interviews, nominated by Chiles as his favourite ever in the history of his show.

“Luminously brilliant,” Adrian said on the show of a certain A-Z of Football Treasures and Pleasures. “I can’t recommend it highly enough. Get a present for yourself or for a football fan for Xmas.” (That bit didn’t make it into the BBC’s news story, though but!)

We’ll find out from Adrian and his top team of researchers if Nils the Vet and John the Kid (he isn’t still 11) ever got to see the book. Maybe we could send them copies to help them maintain a chipper disposition?

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Help!? Your pics wanted for new Got, Not Got Xmas Gift Book…

The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book is out later in the year – the latest in the series of nostalgia, memorabilia and memory fests that kicked off with Got, Not Got back in the days of fat tellies and black boots. 

Getting right back to the Aladdin’s Cave vibe of the original book, this year’s Gift Book is a big fun A4 romp through fan treasures and football culture. It’s based on an old-school catalogue, with sections covering kit, fan fashions, tech, games, home, food & drink, transport & travel, stickers, programmes and loads more irresistible stuff. And that’s where you come in…


Here’s a few categories where your old snaps might just end up as the stars of the show, with you out on the catalogue catwalk.

1 – It’s an old favourite that crops up in almost all the books, but there’s always room for more pics of kids in kits…

2 – Got any old pics of you or your mates in the football fashions of the day? No matter whether they feature bobbles and scarves, shell suits, full kit outings or more cultish gear – mod, skinhead, suedehead, cazh, bovver boy, you name it – we’d love to feature your football fashions

3 – Cool pics of old grounds – no matter whether they were taken from the stands, or of chunks of your old club’s stadium once you’d got them home!

4 – Finally, has anybody got any pics of opening prezzies on Christmas morning?


Meanwhile, don’t hold back on stuff for any of the other categories. Get in touch! We’ve already got tons of must-have catalogue items, pics and adverts, but anything unusual or hilarious will fit the bill.


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New Leicester City book: Can’t Buy That Feeling

Can’t Buy That Feeling: Inside Leicester City is the latest book from the Got, Not Got team, published by Conker Editions. It features over 100 interviews with City stars of the past 60 years, first published in the pages of The FOX, one of Britain’s longest-running fanzines.

The book offers incredible access behind the scenes at the LCFC soap opera, revealing the thoughts, memories and real personalities of our royal blue heroes. Needless to say, it’s an emotional journey…

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The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirts and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

An exciting, colourful take on Leicester City history with countless fan talking points. Read the best of The FOX interviews and you will discover:

  • How it feels to score a last-minute winner at Wembley
  • Who bore the brunt of Stan Collymore’s fire extinguisher
  • How it feels to be a World Cup winner, and axed by Leicester City
  • Which City star was run out of his local for moving to Leicester
  • The identity of the City player who chased members of the Chelsea team down the tunnel.
  • Players’ big-match memories, their real opinions of their bosses, team-mates and fans.


Simon Kimber is the author of Youn9y: The Autobiography of Alan Young, has been assistant editor of The FOX since 1992 and is an accredited Premier League photographer. Gary Silke founded The FOX in 1987 and has written a weekly Leicester Mercury column since 1991. Along with Derek Hammond – who took on the task of editing this book – he is co-author of Got, Not Got, runner-up in the BSBA Football Book of the Year 2012, and the following series of books.

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Can’t Buy That Feeling is available at ConkerEditions.co.uk, and via Amazon. It will be in the shops soon!

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England pick up the pieces

Ah, well. 

Give us a hand sorting out the edges. It’ll give us something to do on Saturday.


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Hmm, never knew Geoff Hurst was the England coach. Didn’t recognise Steve Foster without his headband. And how come only Withe and Morley out of the excellent European Cup-winning Villa side made the England squad??


More big questions, vintage kit, tech, games, stickers, schooldays nostalgia, progs and pogs and irresistible must-have shite from 1982 coming soon…

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What time’s the England match on tonight?

Hold on, let’s have a check in the Radio Times

This one’s well loved, good condition for age, and comes complete with Union Jack power which has rather gone missing since 94,493 fans – give or take – waved them at Wembley at the World Cup semi-final against Portugal back in 1966.

Another year when all the semi-finalists were from Europe…world cup radio timesEr, seven o’clock.

There’ll be tons more vintage must-have World Cup goodies in the Got, Not Got Football Gift Book – the bumper Autumn/Winter catalogue of cool stuff available soon for pre-order from Conker Editions.

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The greatest World Cup match that never was?

Check out the array of European talent on display here – a best-of compilation that arguably equals any individual match in the World Cup history of the era. But these stars, collectively totalling over 1,000 caps, came together for a match that’s now completely forgotten… There’s loads more curious, beautiful, big-match and downright hilarious football programmes in the forthcoming Got, Not Got Football Gift Book.

This curio features refugees from the game-changing Hungarian side of the mid ’50s, including the great Ferenc Puskas. France’s Just Fontaine, the all-time record goalscorer in a single World Cup. The Barcelona legend Ladislav Kubala,  who not only played for his native Hungary but also Czechoslovakia and Spain. Spanish giant Francisco Gento. Germany’s 1966 sweeper Willi Schulz. Austrian star and influential coach Ernst Happel… And they’re up against a Who’s Who of British talent from various ’50s and ’60s finals, including Finney, Charles, Wright, Haynes, Blanchflower, Armfield and Cohen. The best British team of the era ever assembled..?

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What’s strange about the match is that it wasn’t played not in the ’50s or ’60s but in 1972, in front of a tiny crowd of just 5,000, at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. With Brian Moore as live commentator!

Got anything weird or wonderful, worthy of inclusion in the programme section of the GNG Gift Book – the football fan’s catalogue of desires? Please do get in touch!

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Come on, England!

Let’s zoom right in and analyse exactly how it feels when England kick off a World Cup campaign in some faraway foreign field. There’s lashings of hope and beer to steady to the nerves, flags to wave and rattles/vuvuzelas to annoy your neighbour with – either out in Russia or at home. 

The sum effect is enough to make you feel ten again…

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Here’s a little Subbuteo bloke who sums it up nicely – a star of the forthcoming Got, Not Got Football Gift Book, which has similar consequences for your mental age…

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Mind you, zoom in too close on England mascot Ken Baily’s toothless, haunted fizzog, and he does admittedly look a bit the worse for wear after 52 years of optimistic celebration.

The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book

Do you remember the feeling you used to get, poring over the glossy pages of your mum’s mail-order catalogue, craving new football kit, cool games and hot tech? Bask once again in that heady vintage swirl of greed, envy and lust. The flash white boots you always longed for, the Subbuteo teams of your dreams are now within your grasp.

The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book is crammed with the most irresistible football stuff of the past 50 years – not to mention a liberal sprinkling of delightful old rubbish that was once flogged to wide-eyed kids. Seasoned with bittersweet stories from the lost world of football, its catalogue sections cover everything from must-have football fashions and player endorsements to favourite sticker albums and funky Cup final vinyl.

Featuring ‘In Focus’ star interviews and tempting Top 10s, the Gift Book provides a ready-made Christmas list for optimistic fans, triggering just the same heartfelt yearning as the bumper Autumn/ Winter catalogue of yore.

Special subscriber copies available soon – complete with collectable bonus extras – from Conker Editions. 

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