Friday, November 27, 2009
Full support stanchion. Still does what it says on the tin.
Free-hanging hybrids. Someone should get arrested.
Your continental D support. Your 70's icons.
Your Latin American L supports, still popular today.
The - sigh - free-hanging box-net.
Which is your favourite?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Continental D supports erected at Parkhead in the early 1970's speak of the club's glory days, of the second half of 9-in-a-row and the time the club from the poorest suburb in Europe made such stats a nonsense by appearing in 5 European Cup semi-finals in 8 years.
The big nights in Europe continued till about 1980 -
when common sense re-cohered and, as the glory faded the old D supports were supplanted in 1990 with a bland new set that made cutting the grass easier. The D's were consigned to history altogether - along with the high of the glory days and the biggest of European nights - when the new Celtic Park was built in the 1990's, complete with trendy box-nets.
Whisper it - one of my favourite goals scored in the old nets was this one -
Monday, November 23, 2009
Then, as the team's performances dipped in the 1980's, so did the goalnets. They sagged as if struggling under the weight of expectation until the old square 4 x 4's and stanchions were retired in 1988 and replaced by a set of Continental D supports so random and out-of-place in the vast bowl of a stadium that they must have fallen off the back of a lorry.
The best goal ever scored at Hampden?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Since then they've sucked more than anyone in the history of Liverpool FC and though the box nets of today were introduced in 1996, there've been no more league titles.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Then along came Alex Ferguson. He'd enjoyed great success at his previous club, Aberdeen nets hung on Continental D supports. Fergie swapped the Old Trafford stanchions for a groovy set of D's. United went from zeros to heroes.
The rest is history in the making.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Hip and angular. Sexy with an extra kink if surprisingly difficult to love. The old Bridge nets were framed by icons of a swinging west London when glamour wasn't a galacticos squad but the length of your sideburns, how fast you could drive your Ford Capri and meeting Steve McQueen in the dressing room.
The stanchions were sadly scrapped mid-90's for the free-hanging box-nets of today.
What's your favourite goal scored in the old Bridge nets?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Okay, you want to look like Wembley / Cameron Diaz? You swim, you cycle, you sweat it on the Stairmaster and so what you live in Brussels / Fulham / Norwich / Stockholm (or you're Subbuteo)? You want to look like her!
Who's your favourite Wembley lookalike?
When the English FA were considering designs for the new Wembley Stadium, it was considered imperative that the famous old Twin Towers be somehow incorporated into the drawings. When it was decided the towers would not be part of the new stadium, there was a public outcry. How could these world football landmarks be scrapped?
Yet the irony of the twin-towers-as-landmarks idea was that for most people round the world who watched the famous matches from Wembley on TV, the landmarks of the old stadium weren't the towers. But for a brief tracking shot at the beginning of the game, the towers were mostly hidden from the view of those who hadn't walked up Wembley Way to watch it. Yet those millions watching on TV knew instantly they were watching a match at Wembley.
How? The goalnets.
Supported and shaped by stanchions so curvaceous and sexy that if they were legs they'd be attached to Cameron Diaz they were the bees-knees of goalnets.
They were removed silently one summer's night in 1996, some time between Eric Cantona's last minute cup final goal and the beginning of the Euro '96 tournament, 28 days later. There was no public outcry.
They were much loved. They are sorely missed.
Who scored your favourite goal in the old Cameron Diaz's?
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Framed by stanchions as English as Dame Judi Dench and as sturdy and reliable as Dixon-Bould-Adams-Winterburn.
Though the nets were changed to a free-hanging hybrid after the 1990 World Cup -
the stolid stanchions remained till the 1996-97 season when, in the aftermath of the Euro '96 tournament, they were lost forever.
Whats your favourite scored in the old Highbury goals?
But the box goal net was different. The box goal net was smart, so smart that 35 years later it's taken over the first-class football world.