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Just watching this on ITV 4, from October 1976.

 

Just a great snapshot of the era.

Man U winning 2-0 at Leeds, Admiral kits.

Then Southampton v Fulham at The Dell.....never went there but it always looked a great old ground.

Southampton front men Peter Osgood, Mick Channon and Ted McDougall, Fulham Best, Moore, Marsh........Best gets sent off for something he said to the ref.

Saints had Jim MccAlliog playing with his socks rolled down.

 

But the highlight was an interview with then Fulham manager Alec Stock.

Paul Whitehouse says he based the character "Ron Manager" on Stock, by the cringe it's awesome.

 

"Isn't it? Hmmm?"

Stock was complaining that the referee let some violent tacking go (and there was some meaty stuff) but was quick to book for dissent.

 

"We have to decide which is worse, physical violence or violence of the tongue, isn't it? Hmm?"

 

Proper mannie's fitba that, cracking watch.

 

I'm off to investigate the ITV Hub to see if there's more.

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Just watched that as well. Referee's decision to award a foul against Bobby Moore was shocking.

Stock was right to criticise it, and some of Southampton's tackles were horrendous.

Loved that era in football. Up here in Scotland we got highlights of English games at the week-end. It all seemed so far away.

George Best took a lot of stick from opposing players and the media. The fans loved him though. It was a blessing to see him strut his stuff for the Hibees in 1979/80 season. Couldn't save us from relegation though. He did come back to Hibs to play a few games for us in the First Division then came back again to play in Jackie McNamara's testimonial. He was 33 at that time and still a superb player. He must have been something else when he was at his prime.

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Last weekend's was good.

 

Stan Bowles, Big Jm Holton playing for the Mackems (I'd forgotten or never knew he played for them) and Gerry Francis's suit..........

 

Great stuff.

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Saturday's had a cracking 3-3 between Spurs and Everton.

 

Alfie Conn in the studio with Brian Moore, looking like a hirsute pimp.

 

Sunday's offering featured Notts County away to Fulham, future Dandy Ian Scanlon on the left wing for County.

 

Marvellous stuff.

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14 hours ago, MagicRatAFC said:

Saturday's had a cracking 3-3 between Spurs and Everton.

 

Alfie Conn in the studio with Brian Moore, looking like a hirsute pimp.

 

Sunday's offering featured Notts County away to Fulham, future Dandy Ian Scanlon on the left wing for County.

 

Marvellous stuff.

Seen the Tottenham v Everton game from 1976. Great stuff.

A twin scottish strke force of Alfie Conn and John Duncan for Tottenham. A very young and nervous looking Glenn Hoddle playing in midfield.

This is a great programme, An ITV version of Match of the Day. Really takes you back to how football used to be in the 70's in a totally different era. No foreign players, terracing, crowd swaying, muddy pitches, and real characters in all teams. It's great that they featured many of the smaller clubs as well giving them some TV exposure....unlike today's coverage.

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Watching Saturday's and today's back to back, superb stuff.

Loads of random pitch invasions in them days, Chelski fans stopping the game when they're clinching promotion at home to Hull.

 

I love seeing the proper old grounds.

The Kippax terracing at Maine Road, the old Boleyn Ground, great ground that I was lucky enough to visit once.

 

Can't recommend this stroll down memory lane highly enough.

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The one last week featured Chelsea v Sheffield United from Stamford Bridge from 1977. They had a special feature which involved the cameras being in the Chelsea dressing room before the game which was fascinating, especially the pre-match team talk from then manager Eddie McReadie. They won 4-0. Included a brilliant goal from a very young Ray Wilkins.

McReadie was sacked in odd circumstances at the end of that season even though he had won them promotion. He demanded a company car for getting them up to the top league which the chairman refused, so he resigned. He then changed his mind and said he would carry on and not bother with the car...the chairman refused to take him back.

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21 minutes ago, MacBruce said:

The one last week featured Chelsea v Sheffield United from Stamford Bridge from 1977. They had a special feature which involved the cameras being in the Chelsea dressing room before the game which was fascinating,especially the pre-match team talk from then manager Eddie McReadie. They won 4-0. Included a brilliant goal from a very young Ray Wilkins.

McReadie was sacked in odd circumstances at the end of that season even though he had won them promotion. He demanded a company car for getting them up to the top league which the chairman refused, so he resigned. He then changed his mind and said he would carry on and not bother with the car...the chairman refused to take him back.

That's ringing a bell, about McReadie's sacking.

A lot of the players and managers then dressed....."pimp-chic", the 70s had some epic fashion fails.

 

 

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21 hours ago, MacBruce said:

The one last week featured Chelsea v Sheffield United from Stamford Bridge from 1977. They had a special feature which involved the cameras being in the Chelsea dressing room before the game which was fascinating, especially the pre-match team talk from then manager Eddie McReadie. They won 4-0. Included a brilliant goal from a very young Ray Wilkins.

McReadie was sacked in odd circumstances at the end of that season even though he had won them promotion. He demanded a company car for getting them up to the top league which the chairman refused, so he resigned. He then changed his mind and said he would carry on and not bother with the car...the chairman refused to take him back.

And Ken Shelitto, who took over as manager turned up to work on his first day.....in a company car.

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