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: garysilke@sky.com 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.
Perfect.”  
   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: garysilke@sky.com  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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More Balls…

After last week’s deluge of the old faithful orange and black Wembley Trophy balls we now focus on the player endorsed models…

This Jimmy Greaves approved “perfect training ball” was another in the Mettoy Wembley range, the ‘Official’.
It belongs to Neville Evans and is part of the vast Spurs collection he kindly let us photograph for ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Tottenham Hotspur’.

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But it seems that Mettoy had a rival, as Rob Stokes pointed out to us… this Denis Law ball was “manufactured in Great Britain by Peter Raphael of Hempshaw Lane Stockport”.

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It is currently on eBay with a starting price of just under a ton.

Never removed from its poly bag, never bounced over the road being narrowly missed by cars, never garden forked by a belligerent neighbour… and never (as Sean Wallis told us on the GNG Facebook site) “booted by my cousin out of the park onto the London to Brighton mainline…”

Send us your balls…

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Lots of Balls…

Since we voiced our concerns about the possible extinction of the classic orange and black 1970s Wembley Trophy ball earlier this week, we have been inundated with them… 

We thought every last one of them had bounced under a lorry, or been left to slowly shrink in the garden shed…

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Dave Holmes of Sukan Sports provided this catalogue page and told us:
“On seeing this piece on the Wembley Trophy ball today, I was taken back to my Starcraft days.
We bought various balls, including a punchball from Mettoy, and when a delivery arrived I was invariably called to the warehouse, a separate building and about 30 yards from the offices, to help.
Most of the balls were individually in poly bags with a cardboard header card, and then 6 balls in a strong paper sack. The Wembley Trophy however came in an individual cardboard box with large circular holes on 2 sides so that the ball could be seen. Then 6 of these balls were packed in a large cardboard box.
They were obviously not heavy but took up a great deal of space in the warehouse, so the first action on my return to the office was to see if there were any outstanding orders to try and send out as many as possible and reclaim some warehouse space.
The image is from 1979 Starcraft (Metric) catalogue, and also shows the ‘First Division’ and ‘Captain’s’ Ball’.” 

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“The other big supplier of plastic footballs at this time was Frido, and it was always a question as to which was better Wembley or Frido, or with football boots adidas or Puma, football clothing Umbro or Bukta, and ice creams Walls or Lyons Maid. Life seemed simpler then.”

Another Wembley Trophy popped up on Facebook this week, in this Ladybird books adaptation… ‘scuse the French…

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Many thanks to Rob Stokes, for putting us in touch with Dave.

More balls to follow…

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

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

IPSWICH TOWN   CHELSEA   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

NEWCASTLE UNITED   SOUTHAMPTON

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