Scotland Hampden Glory Nights

1973 Tommy Hutchison and Billy Bremner celebrate Joe Jordan’s header against the Czechs On the 26th September 1973 Scotland faced Czechoslovakia at Hampden. They knew that a victory would send the Scots to their first World Cup Finals since 1958. As 100,000 fans crammed into Hampden the nation held it’s breath. Even Coronation Street wasContinue reading “Scotland Hampden Glory Nights”

Liverpool Record Breakers

1987 Peter Beardsley from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9M Summer 1987. Liverpool had finished the 1986/87 empty handed. The Double Winners from 1986 had finished second to Everton in the First Division, lost the Littlewoods League Cup Final to Arsenal and suffered an early FA Cup exit on Luton’s plastic pitch. On topContinue reading “Liverpool Record Breakers”

1986-1998 Leighton or Goram?

1988 Jim Leighton in action against England at Wembley Andy Goram lines up for Scotland at Euro 1992 Scottish goalkeepers had long had a poor reputation. From the hapless Frank Haffey to Stuart Kennedy to George Wood many had been viewed as having ‘Wembley Nightmares’. The English press and media often attacked Alan Rough whoContinue reading “1986-1998 Leighton or Goram?”

Howard Gayle to John Barnes: The Changing face of 1980s Liverpool

1981 Howard Gayle lines up before the European Cup Final against Real Madrid in Paris Howard Gayle was a trailblazer. Toxteth born Gayle grew up a Liverpool fan. His dream of playing for the Reds came true when he joined from the club’s academy in 1977. Aged just 19 he became the first black playerContinue reading “Howard Gayle to John Barnes: The Changing face of 1980s Liverpool”

1974: Bob Paisley ‘minding the shop’

In Summer 1974 the UK was a grim place. High inflation and unemployment, Harold Wilson was back as Prime Minister but without a majority. The Labour leader was MP for Huyton but on the pitch Liverpool supporters had plenty to cheer. They had just seen their team demolish Newcastle to win their second FA Cup,Continue reading “1974: Bob Paisley ‘minding the shop’”

1977: Scotland’s Greatest Year

1977 the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year. North of the border there was a new King of Scottish football. His name was Ally MacLeod. He was about to take the Tartan Army on the most exciting eighteen month journey that they had ever had. This blog is all about that first year 1977 and it’s triumphsContinue reading “1977: Scotland’s Greatest Year”

1991: ‘You are making the biggest mistake of you’re life’

Season 1990/91 was one of the most dramatic in Rangers history. It would mark the start of a glorious period of success under legendary manager Walter Smith but few people could foresee what a dramatic time it would prove for the Gers and Scottish football. In Summer 1990 Graeme Souness had led Rangers to hisContinue reading “1991: ‘You are making the biggest mistake of you’re life’”

Scotland: The Rous Cup Years

1984 had seen the demise of the annual British Championship. The tournament was the World’s oldest International football competition and it had run for a Century since 1884. In truth it was only the Scotland v England fixture that held much interest. The Tartan Army didn’t care very much if Scotland won the Home Championship,Continue reading “Scotland: The Rous Cup Years”