Continuing our series of extracts from ‘The Lost World of Football’ (which is ‘brilliant’… if you believe the first published review in Sport mag!)
Since 1908 the Charity Shield had been treated like a mixed metaphor of dog’s dinner and moveable feast. Touring all the big grounds from Highbury to Goodison, it eventually settled on a formula of League Champions vs. FA Cup Winners. However, by the early Seventies, its stock was pretty low.
In The Lost World of Football we go on to look back on Cloughie’s Leeds vs. Shankly’s Liverpool – not a highly charitable occasion.
But here we remember the 1975 Shield between champs Derby and Cup winners West Ham. Specifically, how smashing it was when Umbro shirts and bubble perms and really big show-off special-occasion shirt badges and ace Scottish players with white legs and Charlie George Superstar and 50p return from Burton to London and official team coaches dropping off for a wee and a cuppa at regular service stations/transport caffs was very much de rigueur.
Ah yes, the good old days…
‘The Lost World of Football’ is available now in branches of WH Smiths and Waterstones or can be ordered here…
(With thanks to Andy at footballcardsuk.com for the Rams stuff. He’s currently got 41,000 cards and stickers scanned, online and on offer, just in case you’re looking at Charlie and thinking ‘not got’.)