Monday, 8 December 2014

TUNE IN TO "SPLASH OF THE DAY"!




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.

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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.



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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.

  

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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. 

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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.

 










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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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