Welcome to the first in a series of tantalising, brain-teasing football quizzes based around our never-ending supply of heartbreakingly beautiful cards and stickers from back in the day. Not to mention obscure but need-to-know facts that you’ll be able to wheel out down the boozer tonight…
We’ve come to think of this grand challenge as the very opposite of trivia, and hope you join in the spirit of thing – just say no to new-fangled Wikipedia! It’s a bit like grown-up blokes shouting, “EVERYTHING TO PLAY FOR, LADS!” when they’re playing football up the park on a Sunday morning. Yeah, dead right – except any form of gain.
So… here we go back to The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, and the FKS sticker album for 1970-71.
Question 1. Everybody knows Mick Channon played 602 games for Southampton between 1965 and 1982, his two spells interrupted by a couple of seasons with Manchester City. But in 1982, which English First Division club did Mick move to before going on his late-career run at Bristol Rovers, Norwich and (perhaps a tad controversially) Portsmouth?
Question 2: And everybody knows Ian St John signed from Motherwell and played for Liverpool for 10 seasons up to 1971, then dabbled for a while with the South African league before signing for which English Division One club? That’s right – before Tranmere, before he became a manager, a TV presenter and one half of a famous double act…
Meanwhile, there’s tons more of this anti-trivial, need-to-know, need-to-feelgood nostalgia in ‘Got, Not Got’ … Football Book of the Year runner-up in 2012, and this Christmas’s must-have stocking filler. You can get it from branches of WH Smith and Waterstones or online here.
• “Recalling a more innocent time before Sky Sports and millionaire players, Got, Not Got is a long soak in a warm, nostalgic bath of football nostalgia: an A-Z of memorabilia, ephemera and ill-advised haircuts.” Mail on Sunday ‘Live’ magazine – In Demand: This week’s must-have, must-see, must-do…
• “Awesome” – Adrian Durham, talkSport
• “The book’s great fun. It’s an essential if you grew up watching football in the 60s, 70s or 80s.” – Paul Hawksbee, talkSport.
• “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.
• “It’s an absolute beauty.” – Adrian Goldberg, BBC Radio WM.
• “A fantastic book, there’s just so much in it. You really should get it.” – Steve Anglesey, Mirror Football podcast.
• “It focuses on the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and anyone who had anything to do with English football during this period will instantly relate to just about every page. I’m sure that you will both laugh and cry as the memories come flooding back.” – Nigel Mercer, Football Card Webspace.
• “The best book about football written in the last 20 years.” – Bill Borrows, Esquire
• “The best dose of retro football nostalgia ever. I can’t put it down!” – www.footballcardsuk.com – 38,000 cards and sticker scanned and online for your delectation!