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League ladders and team posters: What’s your favourite football magazine?

Steve Stone likes Shoot because of the pictures.

ONE OF THE first football magazines I bought [or got my mother to buy for me] was the Shoot magazine around 1990.

Ian Rush of Liverpool was on the front page, posing in an Everton jersey and declaring that he was now a Toffee.

Upon reaching the homestead, I yoinked out the magazine and flipped through to page six only to discover that, as the magazine was published on 1 April, the story was an April Fool’s Day ruse.

All well and good, I mused, but Shoot came out every week and often arrived in Ireland a day or two later. It was 3 April when I was reading the magazine – had Rush moved or not?!

The other magazine that was often purchased in our household was Match, a similarly glossy set-up but with with longer interviews and more statistics.

Manage this Roy Aitken! (Credit:

If I was ever on holidays, weightier tomes such as World Soccer, Total Football or Four Four Two were brought along for the journey.

Football Italia magazine also surfaced in the mid ’90s but drifted into obscurity when the last of the Platts, Inces and Gascoignes flew back to England.

What was your favourite football magazine?

Did you wait for the league ladder with moveable teams or team posters than folded out to four pages?

Open thread: What are your favourite Schoolboy football memories?

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