In celebration of all things soccer related now that the
season has started, I thought it appropriate to dig out
some of my more unusual - and pretty much unplayed
football records. I have collected these for years,
mostly for their sleeves, some of them you may be
familiar with but I hope you discover an unseen gem.
The 1970 England World Cup Squad
A pretty awful record to listen to but a design classic!
The round 'football-shaped' sleeve is simply perfect for
the album within and the cover opens up to reveal great
colour photos Englands '66 victory and details of their
progress the Finals in Mexico '70. The tracklisting below
gives you just some idea of the audio horrors on the disc.
The 1966 World Cup
An exhaustive double album featuring recordings of all
the main matches that glorious year. It also has some
interesting interviews with the players by Gerald Sinstadt
along with "exciting music to stir your pulse" by Big Band
leader Joe Loss. Released by Centaur Records soon after
the games it has become one of the rarest football records.
The 1982 England World Cup Squad
A truly awful 7" picture disc optimistically titled
'This Time (We'll Get It Right)' they went on to be
knocked out in the Quarter Finals albiet undefeated.
1971 FA Cup Final
ahh well, there is always the off day...
Picture Disc 1983
"You can't sing, but you can play, you'll go far"
I've supported the mighty Reds since I was taken to see them beat QPR in the early 70's by my Grandad. So I have collected more football records by them than any other team and here
are a few of them. The best one for me is the 'Kop Choir' which
has just the sound of the terraces during matches against
Chelsea and Bayern Munich. I have enjoyed using this within
several mixes on the show over the years. It also goes well
played alongside 'Fearless' by Pink Floyd from their 'Meddle' LP.
F.A. CUP FINAL 1966
EVERTON Vs. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
One of the greatest FA Cup Finals of all time
as Harry Catterick's Everton came back from
2-0 down to score three second half goals and
clinch the FA Cup for the third time in the Club's
illustrious history, on a truly dramatic and most memorable day beneath the twin towers.
F.A. CUP FINAL 1970
CHELSEA vs. LEEDS UTD
1970 saw the first Wembley final to go to a replay. The replayed final was played at Old Trafford with Chelsea beating Leeds United 2:1. It was also the
last final to be played outside of Wembley before
it was moved to the Millennium Stadium in 2001.
F.A. CUP FINAL 1981
TOTTENHAM Vs. MANCHESTER CITY
The 100th Wembley FA Cup Final in which
Tommy Hutchison scored for both sides,
thereby forcing a replay. It was the 10th final
in history to finish in a draw with a replay that
featured a goal of sublime quality by Ricky Villa
as Spurs clinched the F.A. Cup for the 6th time.
The 1970 Esso World Cup
Narrated by Brian Moore, this 7" disc was used
to promote the collectors coins given away with
gallons of petrol at Esso garages. Free with every
4 gallons of petrol, the commemorative coins were
collected by football fans young and old, although
the cynical marketing tactics on side 2 would have
sent me to the nearest Shell station straightaway.
LEAGUE CUP FINAL 1971
TOTTENHAM Vs. ASTON VILLA
Only Liverpool have won the League Cup
more times than Aston Villa, who lost to
Spurs in the 1971 final. Pictured here is a
copy of the original match programme which
is probably now worth about ooh, £3.00 easy.
I have always been more of a Celtic man myself...
SOCCER WITH THE STARS
United Atrists 1968
This is a great record, featuring easy to follow guidance
on keeping fit, ball control, heading, shooting and passing
the ball. There are also clear instructions about the various positions and who better to advise you than the former England Captain Sir Bobby Moore. The great Chelsea keeper
Peter Bonetti also offers advice on keeping the ball out
of the net but you certainly scored a bargain at £1 or less!
F.A. CUP GIANT KILLERS : HEREFORD UTD.
Hereford United were only in the Southern League
in 1972 yet they became football legends by beating
the mighty Newcastle United in an F.A. Cup 3rd Round
replay. Ricky George netted their winner and Hereford
became the first non-league club to register a victory
over a 1st division side since way back in 1949.
They released this 7" to celebrate their famous win.
THE GROUP : 'FUNNY GAME, FOOTBALL'
Charisma Records 1972
This is a strange album, but then Charisma Records were
well known for their eccentricities, being home to Genesis,
Van Der Graaf Generator, etc and of course the Python team. This budget priced album from 1972 featured Michael Palin
& Terry Jones along with luminaries such as Arthur Mullard
and the cartoonist Bill Tidy.The sketches are not as sharp
as such a pedigree of talent might suggest, and the songs
like 'Bovver Boys' are an amusing own goal.
SIMON SMITH INTERVIEWS
PETER SHILTON & JON SAMMELS : Sports Talk 1973
DEPTH CHARGE : 'GOAL'
Vinyl Solution 12" 1990
Saving the best till last, this is my favourite football
related record, yes even more than 'Eat My Goal'!
Featuring great samples of commentators describing
Pele scoring a "goooooooooooooooooooooaaaaalllll"
over a funky salsa beat, it is a timeless football classic.