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Superstars never seem to be parted from their supercars...even when they move on to management! Back in the 1990s Newcastle United manager Kevin poses in this top-of-the-range sports car when welcoming two new players to St James' Park with club chairman Sir John Hall. And to be fair it was a brilliant bit of motivational thinking. Right at the start show new players what sort of car they will be able to buy if they are successful at the club and success will surely follow. And it did - in his four seasons as manager of Newcastle in the Premier League in the 1990s they finished in the top 6 in each season.
1992 vintage - and was surprised to see a picture of their manager, Ivan Golac, in a sponsored car with his name on it. I can't see Jose or Arsene putting up with that can you! I must admit a manager having his name on a car isn't the best of security measures either. And the way that managers come and go would mean that the door would need a respray after not too long. That was the case with Ivan Golac at Plainmoor - Torquay were relegated at the end of the 1991/92 season and that ended his spell on the south coast, after just 19 matches in charge. Yugoslav Ivan Golac is probably best remembered as a popular player in his two spells at Southampton while as a manager things looked up for him after leaving Torquay when he moved north to boss Dundee United.
You just know that is a goalkeeper who wanted to be at home in a hot bath! Look at the state of that pitch and rest assured that the rain that caused that mess would be descending on fans standing on the uncovered terraces as well as the players. And there would have been quite a few of those fans as the picture is of Billy Mercer in 1925 when his team Huddersfield Town dominated the English Football scene. Billy Mercer played 48 times for Huddersfield when they became the first club to win a hat-trick of League championships in 1923/24, 1924/25 and 1925/26. Previously he has spent 10 years at Hull City where he made 193 League outings.
A 15-year-old Bobby Charlton with his mother Cissie outside their Ashington home in 1953. And, bless her, his mum was putting some effort into that header wasn't she with that being a proper leather football! Cissie was in fact a member of a famous footballing family. Uncles Jack, George, Jim and Stan Milburn were all Football League players while cousin Jackie Milburn - 'Wor Jackie' - made his name playing for Newcastle United and England. Bobby was one of four brothers. He and older brother Jack were World Cup winners of course while Gordon had an unsuccessful trial period at Leeds United when Jack was at Elland Road. Gordon Charlton left it late to show his footballing skills - it seems he became a bit of a superstar in his 60's playing walking football in Rotherham.
. Spurs are playing Manchester United in a First Division match at White Hart Lane in March 1972 but that fact seems almost unimportant. It's the two ladies walking along the touchline who seem completely oblivious to what's going on a few feet away. What on earth are they doing there? I've heard the speculation and even wondered it the picture has been doctored - but do you know why they are in the spotlight?
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