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?
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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.
And you can read some pages for free here.

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Got Not Got bloke on Talksport’s Danny Kelly Show tonight

Anyone with a reason to avoid Match of the Day tonight might profitably consider tuning in to Talksport to hear Derek Hammond discussing vintage football-shirt nostalgiathon ‘Shirt tales & Short Stories’, today’s top footer events and tomorrow’s back pages.

Given Mr Kelly’s status as a Spurs fan, it seems unlikely that conversation will swing around to this afternoon’s controversial 4-3 result against plucky Leicester.

Best concentrate on funny kit from the 70s, eh?

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Pic of the Day: Gordon Strachan hits the Centapost

Dateline: 1986. Great idea of our time: The Centapost portable training device.

The big deal: Man U up-and-downer Gordon Strachan gets paid £30 to say he wouldn’t be the man he is today without said contraption – a bit of hardboard that lights  up when you boot a football at it.

It’s a whole nuther ball game, yeah? We won’t bother copying out the hilarious blurb – it’s best direct from the horse’s mouth.

If you can’t resist this sort of old tat, and secretly yearn to be The Kangaroo Kid or The Boy in the Velvet Mask, we’ve got whole books that you might find weirdly thrilling.

gordon strachan manchester united - centapost crap training aidCritical acclaim for Got, Not Got:

  • “Astonishingly thorough, well-presented, inspired…” – When Saturday Comes
  • “A cracking book which whisks you back to a different footballing era.” Brian Reade, The Mirror
  • “A veritable Dundee cake of a book.” – Danny Kelly, talkSport
  • “A long soak in a warm bath of football nostalgia.” – Mail on Sunday Live magazine

…and The Lost World of Football:

  • “Obviously, everybody over the age of 40 is going to absolutely love this. There’s something for every fan of every club.” – Andy Jacobs, talkSport
  • “The book is superb – an actual step up, if possible, on Got, Not Got. Got it, love it… lost about five hours at the weekend!” – In Bed With Maradona
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GOAL – “The World’s Greatest Soccer Weekly”

Modestly subtitled ‘The World’s Greatest Soccer Weekly’, Goal launched on 16 August 1968, with a right posh do at the Savoy with dolly birds and everything…

goal webb cfcIts distinctive covers, with a bright yellow title on a red background and circular photo design, owed a nod to pop art, and they’ve stood the test of time, still looking fresh and bold to this day.

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Goal became a victim of its own success because exactly a year later, encouraged by decent sales, IPC introduced a second football weekly, entitled Shoot!

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Although both went on to achieve healthy circulations of around 220,000 by 1971, Goal then went into decline, and its 296th and final issue came out two weeks before the start of the 1974 World Cup.

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It was then ‘incorporated’ into Shoot! which was akin to having to sleep under your little brother’s bed. Oh, the indignity.

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

gng covers

They are all available on Amazon now… click the links below.

GOT, NOT GOT  THE LOST WORLD OF FOOTBALL

LEEDS UNITED   MANCHESTER UNITED   WEST HAM UNITED

DERBY COUNTY   MANCHESTER CITY   WHAT A SHOT!

NORWICH CITY   LIVERPOOL  COVENTRY CITY

LEICESTER CITY  SHIRT TALES & SHORT STORIES

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What’s the best set of football cards… ever?

As anyone who’s got ‘Got, Not Got’ knows, it’s this Anglo World Cup / Learn The Game series from 1970.

Why? Because of the ‘JFK Moment’-style memories they bring back, of training on the slopy driveway, following all these slightly insane skill tips to the letter. That scissor kick: ouch.
Anglo 1970 World Cup / Learn the Game / Got, Not GotOh, hang on. Maybe that bit’s in ‘The Lost World of Football’.

What’s that? You reckon you’ve got a different favourite all-time set, for entirely different but weirdly parallel nostalgic reasons? Go on, nominate away! Let the anecdotes roll about these hypnotic oblongs of sickly smelling cardboard.

There’s got to be a GNG book in this at some point in the future, and you (and your tatty Topps Manny Andruszewski blueback from 1979) can loom large, if you like.

Don’t worry, our wives and girlfriends will understand.

Critical acclaim for Got, Not Got:

  • “Astonishingly thorough, well-presented, inspired…” – When Saturday Comes
  • “A cracking book which whisks you back to a different footballing era.” Brian Reade, The Mirror
  • “A veritable Dundee cake of a book.” – Danny Kelly, talkSport
  • “A long soak in a warm bath of football nostalgia.” – Mail on Sunday Live magazine

…and The Lost World of Football:

  • “Obviously, everybody over the age of 40 is going to absolutely love this. There’s something for every fan of every club.” – Andy Jacobs, talkSport
  • “The book is superb – an actual step up, if possible, on Got, Not Got. Got it, love it… lost about five hours at the weekend!” – In Bed With Maradona

 

 

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Your favourite programme… again

We had a big response to last week’s request to tell us your favourite programme…

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… so we are asking again.

Let us know which is your favourite ever matchday magazine and we’ll do a big thing on it next week.

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

gng covers

They are all available on Amazon now… click the links below.

GOT, NOT GOT  THE LOST WORLD OF FOOTBALL

LEEDS UNITED   MANCHESTER UNITED   WEST HAM UNITED

DERBY COUNTY   MANCHESTER CITY   WHAT A SHOT!

NORWICH CITY   LIVERPOOL  COVENTRY CITY

LEICESTER CITY  SHIRT TALES & SHORT STORIES

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