The booting season is pretty much closing down for the winter now,
but there are still the few odd boots popping up in various town halls
and community centres so I am still managing to find various bits & bobs.
I came across a stash of football vinyl recently at a village car boot
held in a church car park, so I have posted up some of those this time
though they do lean quite heavily on a certain 125 year old Scottish club.
GREEN & WHITE BRIGADE : The Holy Ground of Glasgow Celtic
Kicking off with the sound of the crowd The Green & White Brigade
regale us with songs that would have no doubt brought a tear to the
Celtic captain Billy McNeil’s eye, and judging by the state of the rear
of the sleeve for this album with MOM’S inscribed on it, the tears of
someone else have been dropping onto it a lot too, bless.
Red label Hallmark Records : 1968
THE CELTIC BOYS CLUB : Glasgow Celtic - Double Champions
Once again, this album starts off with the sound of the crowd but within
20 seconds the sing-a-long starts and then someone pulls out an accordion.
Before you know it, everybody sounds completely drunk and a bloke looks
funny at someone’s bird and a pint gets spilled and it all degenerates into chaos
like an early JAMC gig, well perhaps not, if Jock Stein has anything to do with it!
Blue label Hallmark Records : 1967
THE WULLIE MALLOY EXPERIENCE : The Celtic Centenary E.P.
This is a 5 track 12” single which was issued to celebrate Celtic’s 100th
year in 1988. It is the same set up as the two previous records, with a rowdy
choir of men (there was never actually going to be any women singing on these
records now was there?!) singing pretty much the same songs from the other
albums. However the production is better than the earlier ones and there is a
warm glow of passion coming from the voices of these undoubtedly completely
Wullie Malloy Records : 1988
ABERDEEN FOOTBALL SQUAD : European Song
Managed by what was to be their most successful manager Sir Alex Ferguson,
the dulcet tones of the Aberdeen squad which included other future managers Gordon Strachan and Alex McLeish sang their way through this
err uplifting anthem, to their European Cup success of 1983. It never bothered
the charts north or south of the border and rumour has it the B-side didn’t
even feature any of the squad at all!
AFC Records : 1983
The Denis Law Testimonial Programme
I found this inside the sleeve of one of the Celtic albums which would have
been more exciting (to me) if it was actually Liverpool related as I have no
affection for Manchester spit! United, at all. Still, it is a nice item which will
no doubt find it’s way to eBay at some point and I would have been tempted
to keep it if the Ajax squad had featured Johan Cruyff, but for some reason he
didn’t want to play that night, no don’t email me telling me he was injured OK.
F.A. SOUVENIR : Memorable Cup Finals
This has some of the oldest recordings of football matches that I have
on vinyl featuring commentary from 1953 onwards. It has a great mix of
songs which includes The Nolans and Cockerel Chorus as well as familiar
football chants by West Ham and Man City, all mixed with the sound of
Mr. Cholmondley- Warner describing Stanley Matthews racing up the wing
this is indeed a winning album. It also comes with a useful inner sleeve listing
all the teams and scores of every single F.A. Cup match since 1872 - result!
CBS Special Products Records : 1981
THE NORTH BANK : Arsenal We’re On Your Side
OK so it isn’t as catchy as Chelsea’s Blue Is The Colour or Tottenham’s
Nice One Cyril but Arsenal give it their best shot on this scarce single
from 1972 - I say scarce coz no-one actually bought a copy at the time!
The follow up single released 7 years later Arsenal We’re Right Behind You
fared even worse despite being a 12” in a picture sleeve and on red vinyl.
Polydor : 1972
LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL TEAM : Sing Along With Liverpool
This is probably the Liverpool squad which holds the most affection
in my heart, as they were the first one I saw when I was 10 years old
and they were playing against QPR at Loftus Road in 1972. I was with
my grandad and despite the Queens Park Rangers fans loud cries of
"Keegan is a wanker" and my inevitable enquiry of “Grandad…
what’s a wanker?” I have followed them faithfully ever since.
I may have had second thoughts however had I been exposed to their
versions of Yellow Submarine and Lily The Pink at such an tender age.
Penny Farthing Records : 1972
LIVERPOOL THE LEGEND OF EUROPE : 1978 European Cup Final
There are no renditions of old pop songs on this album, just 100% honest
to goodness commentary and factual history describing Liverpool’s success
in European competition. My goodness, it all seems so long, long ago now
with their current mid-table struggles and trophy cabinet full of dusty memories,
it’s records like this that make me feel sadder than listening to WW1 poetry.
Quality Recordings : 1978