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  1. I was pretty much right behind the shot and it came through 3/4 players and that possibly caused Zeus momentary hesitation before he saw it clearly enough to dive. Wouldn't regard it as an error more something that happens when there are players in front.
  2. £36k + £12.5 tv money + 45% of gate money after operating costs . The last won’t be much given small crowd and low ticket prices but we should top £50k .
  3. Yes but.... A proportion of those signing will not have attended one or both of the matches. The percentage of the crowd that have registered is therefore lower. Not knocking what you're doing but I suggest it may be unhelpful to use figures that can easily be unpicked.
  4. Highlights from Gateshead's match on Saturday. The away end ....bring binoculars https://www.gateshead-fc.com/news/highlights-gateshead-23-guiseley-021119-2483228.html
  5. In earlier times Ron Swan (Latics keeper) became a policeman . There's a photo of him on duty at Boundary Park.
  6. Great post from one of their fans saying it gives them a chance for revenge for 1959/60 Gateshead best Latics to put us and Hartlepool below them in Div 4 but it was the Heed that got thrown out and us and Hartlepool were re-elected I do love a grudge rooted in history
  7. The Hurdy Gurdy Man banging in the goals now?
  8. Because it gives information to opponents.
  9. An A-Z of Football Collectibles Carl Wilkes Pitch Publishing 2019 Hardback 304pp £25.00 Let’s start by defining what this book is about. It’s trade cards and stickers. So, it’s not really an a-z look at all forms of football collectibles but once that’s accepted then be prepared for a superb addition to any collector’s library. It’s predominantly an in-depth history, but also a guide to collecting and prices, buying and selling, and there’s even a short guide to storage. With such an encompassing content it provides something to everyone from the died in the wool card collector, to the more general football memorabilia enthusiast, and to someone starting out. An overused cliché perhaps, but “treasure trove” really does accurately describe it. Trade cards, those that are given away by a product, whether it be cigarettes, sweets, tea, magazines or other items, started using footballers on them from the 1880s. Bearing in mind that the book covers over 1,000 brands then there’s plenty of scope for anyone to create or extend collections in many directions. There are those who collect by club, or player, or brand or even by end of runs (so the first and last card in a series) so someone reading this book may well be stimulated to follow other lines than they currently do. Certainly the details and attention to each producer of cards should be able to give enough information to identify, search out or approximately value any card or series. The first up in the book (everything is alphabetical) is A&BC Gum. Not American & British as is often thought but the surnames of the directors, and a company that issued cards from 1954 for 21 years. From its original b&w “All Sport” series, of which 60 were footballers, to its final “Football Hobby Cards” , A&BC produced a myriad of styles of card and sticker, and the wrappers that some of the cards came in are now often worth more than the insert. Of course, another major and famous card producer was John Baines of Bradford, who claimed the title of first football card maker. Between 1890 and 1920 it’s reckoned that 13 million cards were sold by the Baines family firms. Their shield design is well known but other shapes were used. Often made with blank backs for advertisers to use, Baines’ also promoted their other cards there instead. Produced when football clubs were proliferating, they are a history lesson in documenting the beginnings of many current teams as well as the short lives of others. The book is, however, replete with the outputs of lots of less well-known card producers, both from this country and elsewhere. Lincolnshire Boot Stores issued cards of local clubs as early as 1900, the exotically named Saint Petersburg Cigarettes (disappointingly from Portsmouth) were active around the same time whilst Germany’s Union Zigarettenfabrik produced over 500 coloured football cards in 1938 as “Konig Fussball”. Tea companies are represented by, amongst others, Ty-Phoo, chocolate by Simon Chocolates of Spain or Poppleton of York, Tennent the Glasgow brewer made football beer mats, breakfast was represented by Quaker Oats and, of course, there are many comics and magazines. From Rover to Topical Times to The Wizard and, from Edwardian times, Ideas Magazine, a vast number of cards came via periodical and newspaper publishers. Presentationally it is also striking. Several illustrations of cards and stickers on each page, clear white space and good graphics make it easy to enjoy visually as well as in content terms. It is a volume that’s impossible to devour at one sitting, but it is a joy to keep returning to. Christmas is coming, and this would be a great gift (for yourself).
  10. A new thread for sightings of random “names”not related to Latics seen at BP. Yesterday, Viv Anderson and Chris Morgan. Hard to believe that it was only late 70s that Viv was first black player to be capped by England. Morgan? Another in the line of hard (dirty) Sheffield Utd defenders.
  11. 50 Years of Shoot! Carlton Books, 2019 Hardback £18.99 The start of the 1969/70 season, one that saw Everton win the Div 1 title for the seventh time, witnessed the birth of one of the longest running football magazines ever – Shoot!. There can hardly be any football fan who hasn’t, over the succeeding 50 years, read a copy, and many probably either kept back copies or cut out photos for scrapbooks or the wall. And who didn’t keep the magazine’s “League Ladders” pinned up, religiously moving the team tabs up and down after each set of matches? For nearly thirty years it was a weekly, bringing a frequent and regular diet of interviews, news, gossip and pieces by star players. Before the internet and when football on the tv was a rarity it was this colourful piece of print that helped satisfy the thirst for anything about the game. It couldn’t be described as a home of in depth writing nor of long pieces of analysis, but each page was lively and, certainly for younger readers, packed with both trivia and opinions that seemed to engage. It was the place where you could learn that Eric Gates thought that Glenn Hoddle was too erratic to be in the England team and that Osvaldo Ardiles’ favourite food was Roast Beef and Italian (though presumably not on the same plate). One of Shoot!’s staples was pieces written by star players. Beginning with Bobby Moore, others like George Best, Malcolm Macdonald and Phil Thompson. Kevin Keegan, in one of his columns, was an early advocate of switching from the goal-average to the goal-difference system we now use. Gary Lineker, fresh from his transfer to Barcelona from Everton, tipped his old club to win the 86/7 title. He was right too. Meanwhile Eric Cantona described “everyone connected with French football is a liar and a cheat”. Shoot! Loved the big statements, they were great headlines! Its frequency made it able to comment on and preview the big games that were on. Whether it was important League fixtures, Cup matches, or internationals then Shoot! had an angle. Franz Beckenbauer is interviewed before the Nations Cup matches with England in 1971 – “we are a better team”, and Mo Johnston and Ian Durrant before a Celtic v Rangers clash. Some of the coverage can inevitably be seen as a product of the time it was written: “The Black Explosion” when “at least half the clubs in the First Division have a black player on the staff”. “Stars War” looks at potential British targets for foreign clubs: Bryan Robson at £3m, Gordon Strachan, £2m, and Gary Shaw, £1m, are some of the possibilities. This book, a compilation of the magazine’s output, captures the excitement, controversies and trivia of those former times. It’s an entertaining piece of nostalgia and worth dipping into time and again.
  12. Back in 89/90 when we'd just beaten Villa 3-0 (then top of Div 1 I think) their manager Graham Taylor said Latics go the ball into the opposition box at every possible opportunity and teams hated trying to defend against that.. Still the tactic most likely to get goals - if we have players in the box too.
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