Shoot! is still spot on at 50

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Chelsea v Leicester City - BY SI­MON MULLOCK

FOR al­most four decades Shoot! mag­a­zine was as syn­ony­mous with English foot­ball as FA Cup gi­antkilling­s, 3pm kick-offs and ter­race hooli­gans.

And to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the pub­li­ca­tion’s first edi­tion, an of­fi­cially li­censed book has been brought out that il­lus­trates how the beau­ti­ful game has been given a makeover since the days when Eng­land were world cham­pi­ons.

From Foot­ball Fun­nies to You Are The Ref to Ask The Ex­pert, all the reg­u­lar fea­tures that made Shoot! a must-read mag for any self-re­spect­ing fan are there to savour.

Pic­tures of Bobby Moore, Ge­orge Best, Kevin Kee­gan and Gary Lineker adorn the front cover in the years when the mag was at its peak be­fore go­ing out of print in 2008. And there are in­ter­views with greats of the game.

But the book also shines a telling light on the era when black play­ers were the ex­cep­tion rather than the norm.

An ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled The Black Ex­plo­sion gives ex­am­ples of so-called “coloured cru­saders” and men­tions how “nearly half the clubs in the First Di­vi­sion have at least one black player on their staff”.

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