Friday, 9 July 2021

Football Attic: Rewind - Episode 3

Once again we invite you to jump into The Football Attic's time cupboard and join us for another romp through the forgotten wilderness of British football on TV...

And what a romp it turns out to be. First of all, we're honoured by the presence of Rich Nelson as our guest, fresh from single-handedly providing the BBC with all its Finnish football-related content during Euro 2020.

Having put us straight on the subject of Scandinavian advertising boards of the late-1980's, we plunge into an episode of ITV's The Big Match from 7th December 1975. As ever, the observations are acute and the tangents wild.

For instance, did John Wayne really voice a minor part in Star Wars? Was sports bra technology really so appalling 46 years ago? And why did some overhead projectors in the 1970's use orange-tinted plastic sheets?

There's also much delight at the memory of ITV regions we'd see on holiday as kids, a moment to ponder who had more fun with Raquel Welch - Jimmy Hill or Peter Osgood? - and a conscious effort on our parts not to mention the name of a popular brand of liquorice in Denmark. All that, plus listener feedback and Brian Moore telling a viewer how to say 'Steve Coppell' properly.

Confused? Don't be. Watch this episode of The Big Match, settle back and listen to our observations using the download link below. Is there any swearing, we hear you ask? Yes, but surely you've come to expect that by now.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Football Attic: Rewind - Episode 2


It's episode 2 of the retro football podcast that knows its Kombilotts from its Konsum Vasts! Yes, we're back once again to take you back to a time in British football when the shorts were short and the tempers on the field were even shorter...

In this episode, we take you back to March 1987 for another instalment of the BBC's Match of the Day where it's FA Cup quarter final weekend. Arsenal play Watford and find the linesman giving off all the wrong signals, Coventry City play Sheffield Wednesday surrounded by a profusion of Scandinavian product placement, while back in the studio Bob Wilson tries not to moan about the pain in his neck. Jimmy Hill is your presenter.

Along the way we profile Steve Williams and Keith Houchen/Hoochin, consider the drop-off in quality of chart music 34 years ago and generally grab whatever low-hanging fruit we can find from the long-forgotten era of Shoot magazine, home computing and phone-based football information services. ClubCall, anyone?

If you want to watch this episode of Match of the Day to see what we're talking about, you can catch it here. Like last time, there are a few brief pauses in the video caused by circumstances beyond our control which we hope won't detract too much from your viewing pleasure. Apart from that, sit back, listen to The Football Attic: Rewind and enjoy...

(Caution: some minor swearing, but you can cope.)

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And how do you get to gain access to such marvellous privileges? It's simple. Just visit patreon.com/footballattic, choose a membership level and enjoy being one of a growing number of people who know how to enjoy football nostalgia. We look forward to having you with us...

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Football Attic: Rewind - Episode 1


If you've been waiting for a football podcast that thinks electronic scoreboards are the coolest thing ever or shrugs its shoulders when it hears the phrase 'VAR', you're very much in luck.

Yes folks, The Football Attic: Rewind is on hand to transport you back to a time when 'Internet' was something international-standard anglers used to catch fish and 'Bestie' was that Irish bloke who used to score loads of goals for Manchester United.

In this first episode, we, your humble hosts, take you back to September 19th 1981 to look at an old episode of the BBC's Match of the Day. And my, how things have changed. We see crowds bereft of replica shirt-wearing fans (apart from one young bloke at Anfield), players getting fouled but denying us the chance to see their extensive acting repertoire and pitchside boards advertising holiday camps and stone enamellers. Did this really happen in our lifetime?

Apparently it did, and we've got the evidence to prove it. If you want to watch this episode of Match of the Day to see what we're talking about, you can catch it here

So if you want to the greatest ever example of the Egyptian goatee beard, see the evil in Garry Birtles' eyes or simply marvel at the wonder of a behind-the-goal camera angle, you've definitely come to the right place. Mind - there's a bit of mild swearing here and there. Sorry about that...

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Kit Collection Volume 3 - Register Your Interest

I said after Volume 2 that I'd never write another book about football shirts...I was wrong.

I did, however, figure that if I was going to risk sanity and divorce once more, I'd best make it worth it...and so the idea behind Volume 3 of the Attic Kit collection was born.

Rather than just showcase the latest additions to my collection, I thought I'd come up with a theme...and also a proper title. Given my love of obscure (some would say hideous) and limited edition shirts, it made sense to showcase as many as possible...

And so 'From Masterpiece to Madness' - The Football Attic Kit Collection Volume 3 is now on the horizon...but I'm doing things a little differently.

For one, it's going to be in portrait - this will allow each shirt to have a whole page to itself.
I'm getting them properly printed too, which means more pages (currently looking at between 130-150) and it should also reduce the cost slightly...so more for less! Bargain!

As I'm having to order all the books upfront, I thought it'd make sense to get a feel for how many I should get printed...so, if you're interested, please fill out the form below.

NB This is just to register your interest and does not commit you to buying.

There's a few sneak peeks at some of the pages below the form...enjoy and thanks for your support :)

Rich






Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Football Attic Podcast 32 - The 1987-88 season

Can you remember what you were doing thirty years ago? Were you dreaming of owning your very own BMX bike, or were you wondering why Paul Gascoigne didn't talk with a very high-pitched voice after his encounter with Vinnie Jones?

If your answer was the latter, then welcome to our 32nd podcast in which we go back to the 1987-88 season!

Take a trip down memory lane with us as we remind you of the players, the teams and the goals that made up an often overlooked episode in football history. Plus, we bring you the stuff that was going on outside the world of football to complete your recollection of all that was happening thirty years ago, thanks to our complimentary YouTube playlist.

What more could you ask for? Oh, er... yes, of course... the link to download the podcast would be helpful...

Listen to The Football Attic Podcast 32 by clicking here, or alternatively, subscribe to us on iTunes.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Football Attic Kit Podcast 20 - Another New Kits Special

So many new kits, so little time to discuss them... unless you're presenting the Football Attic Kit Podcast, in which case you can easily fill an hour and a half!

Yes, we're back once again to wax lyrical about the latest kit releases, but to pep things up, we also talk about cartoons, space exploration and the most depressing breakfast cereal ever. Oh and by the way, VISIT MALAYSIA.

And as if our 20th episode wasn't a landmark enough, we're also celebrating our first birthday! (Of the podcast, that is - not our mental age...)

Join us in our modest celebrations by downloading episode 20  here, or failing that, catch The Football Attic Kit Podcast on iTunes. Thanks for listening!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

The Football Attic Kit Podcast 19 - New Kits Special

We're back! What do you mean you didn't know we'd been away? Cheeky scamps!

In the few weeks we've been absent, there's been an avalanche of new kit releases, so we devote this entire episode to just that, with our New Kits Special!

Tune in to hear our views on the new Liverpool, Luton, Sampdoria, Ross County... look I'm not gonna list them all, just have a listen and don't forget to subscribe to the crib sheet so you can see what we're on about...

Also, get the result of the last ever Kit Off!

Peace!

To hear Episode 19, you can subscribe to us on iTunes or you can download the podcast here. Thanks for listening!

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Football Attic Podcast 31 Part 2 - Old v New

As sure as night follows day and 'each-way bet' follows Joey Barton, we're back with the second part of our comparison between the football of yesteryear and the football we know in the modern era.

The question is, which era's best? Is it the era of clunky football video games, Puma King football boots and hooliganism, or the era of foreign club ownership, complicated football kit design and digital advertising boards?

Listen in to the concluding part of our podcast to find out, and rest assured - no fire alarms feature in this one in any way, shape or form...


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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Football Attic Podcast 31 Part 1 - Old v New

Hey folks, remember when football nostalgia blogs talked about more than just kits? Halcyon days weren't they? Just like everything from years gone by... waaaaaay better than this modern BS!

Or is it?

See, we're not convinced everything was better in the past... rickets, for example...

To that end, we decided to finish the debate once and for all* and so spent 2 1/2 hours discussing a wide range of subjects and declaring which was better - old or new.

*not that


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Football Attic Kit Podcast 18 - Easter Special

Happy Easter, everyone!

When you've got a brief opening in your schedule in between scoffing huge lumps of chocolate egg, why not listen in to Episode 18 of the Football Attic Kit Pod?

We've got a special Easter-themed show for you this time which brilliantly gathers together all the football kit information you need while hardly ever mentioning the Christian holiday and festival that means so much to so many. Thank us later, if you like.

There's also Kit News and another Kit Off vote too (details below)... what more could you possibly ask for (apart from yet another chocolate egg)?

To hear Episode 18, you can subscribe to us on iTunes or you can download the podcast here. Thanks for listening!

KIT OFF - VOTE NOW!

For our latest Kit Off vote, we've chosen three Hibernian home shirts, for reasons that are explained in the podcast. As ever, we'd just like you to vote for your favourite using the buttons below, and we'll announce the results of our poll on the next podcast. Thanks in advance for taking part!



CRIB SHEET - EPISODE 18

A crib sheet is available featuring pictures of all the kits mentioned in this podcast, plus links to the websites and projects mentioned. Send us an email if you'd like access to our shared Google Doc now, and we'll do the rest!