Monday, 8 December 2014


A READER has supplied this cutting from The Sun newspaper (December 12, 1997).

It is a  wacky account of an offer reportedly made by cosmetics giant Faberge-Brut to pay the Premier League £5-million sponsorship  in return for blue cards being used instead of red.

Their aim was to promote a new brand in their range of after-shave lotions.

Whether true or false, evidently nothing came of the offer.

CELEBRITY FOOTNOTE: Among sports stars to have promoted Brut after-shave in TV commercials are: Muhammed Ali, Henry Cooper, Barry Sheene, Kevin Keegan, Paul Gascoigne and, on one occasion in the 70s, the whole West Indies cricket team.

TWO years later, the Football League suggested that an orange  final-warning  should be introduced as final warning to players who had received two yellow cards for non-contact offences such as encroachment at free-kicks or time-wasting. However, this proposal was also rejected -  as was a further recommendation that ice hockey-style sin-bins should be adopted as an alternative to sending off a player.


During an eventful playing career, Scottish striker Matt Tees scored a hatful of goals for Airdrie, Grimsby Town, Charlton, Luton and Boston United. Here he recalls some of the highs and lows (including one sending-off) of his playing days in the 60s. He is the brother-in-law of fellow-Scot Charlie Wright who played in goal for Workington, Grimsby, Charlton and Bolton before becoming a manager.



Despite taking Crystal Palace to a Carling Cup semi-final, Dougie Freedman
has yet to establish himself as a manager - his spell at Bolton ending in disappointment. But he had a colourful playing career (including a red card from  Andy D’Urso) at Barnet, Palace, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Southend United. This revealing account of his playing days includes action photographs        from the Getty archives. 


Originally a miner from Prudhoe, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Billy Callender became a popular and long serving goalkeeper for Crystal Palace with a knack for making brilliant penalty saves. Alas, his life ended in a tragedy which rocked the world of football.


Copies of the above titles are  available from Amazon or can be ordered  from bookshops, but the low-cost option (just £2 each, including postage) until January 5, 2015 is via ebay Buy-it-now.

Matt Tees:

Dougie Freedman:

Billy Callender:

Sorry, we don’t know where readers can obtain a copy of the title below. It’s out of print. That's a shame - it would be worth buying just for the front cover picture!

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