Stuck On You – Podcast

Got, got, got…..NEED! Yes, this week we take another look at stickers and collectibles in the 1990s – a golden era for collectors! Ash Rose is joined by regular Joel Young and author of ‘Stuck On You’ Greg Lansdowne, ahead of this ITV4 documentary of the same name airing next week. The boys chat through the early 90s days of Panini, the rise of Merlin and their Premier League collections plus Pro Set, Pro Match, Orbis, Upper Deck and loads loads more. There’s also an interview with former Man City and Sunderland goalie Tony Coton. Stick with us and don’t be swapping for any other 90s podcast….and of course Keep it 90s!

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40 signs you preferred football in the 1990s

40 Signs you preferred football in the 1990s….


You still believe that 4-4-2, and 3-5-2 are the most functional formations. Seeing a team come on to the pitch without a striker in a ‘false 9’ is basically your idea of hell.



To you Alan Hansen was on the only pundit who made some actual sense – despite his famous ‘You won’t win anything with kids’ quip. Even Trevor Brooking seemed more knowledgeable than some of today’s tired lot.



You’re adamant no one can quite commentate on a game like Brian Moore, Barry Davies or Tony Gubba. While John Motson isn’t nowhere as good as he used to be.

BBC sports presenters John Motson (left) and Barry Davies hold up a plastic copy of the coveted World Cup during a photocall in London today (Thursday) to promote the BBC's coverage of the forthcoming event, 'The World Cup Experience.' Photo by John Stillwell/PA



When you hear Ronaldo, your first reference is the phenomenon who played for Brazil. R9, not CR7.



Despite playing for six Premier League clubs and winning 18 England caps, you still think of Scott Parker as that boy in the McDonalds advert.



Even though it’s not accepted anymore, you can’t waive the undying urge to collect Premier League stickers in 2016. However, you’re quids-in when it’s tournament time and everyone else is doing it.

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Your Christmas isn’t complete without someone buying you the Shoot Annual. Even if you only open it once on Boxing Day.



You think today’s football kits are just too boring. What happened to the ‘bruised bananas’ and tiger print? Why does it feel like all the clubs have the same kit, just in different colours?



Even though it’s one the most defensive tournaments ever, you can’t be swayed by saying how Italia 90 was the best ever World Cup. Only USA 94 comes close.
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You have no problem seeing a two-footed challenge, after all you were quite happy in an era that included Vinnie Jones and Terry Hurlock.



Friday Night Games are just plain wrong. Monday Night Football is where it’s at, even if you miss the cheerleaders and dancing Sumo wrestlers.



The only matchday shirt you ever consider wearing is your replica away shirt from 1994. None of this ‘retro range’ knock-offs, the real thing – even if it’s a bit snug.



Blackburn, Leeds, Coventry all still feel like top-flight clubs to you, even if it’s been years since all three were top-tier teams.

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You’re still trying to recreate Rene Higuita’s Scorpion Kick whenever you’re put in goal. That moment will come.

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For you the FA Cup Semi-Finals being played at Wembley is sacrilegious; it should always be only the final.

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Talking of Wembley, you much prefer the twin towers stadium to that arch. Who cares if the toilets were a mess and there were 20,000 less seats.

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You know that the reason the Europa League is seen as such a secondary tournament is because they got rid of the Cup winners Cup. True Thursday football.

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FIFA was so much more fun when you could foul the keeper, and play with the EA All Stars. Ken Law, was a superstar.

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You still say CHAMPIONSHIP Manager or ‘Champs’. Not Football Manager, even if it’s the same game.



Young players getting England caps after three good months seems ridiculous, when you recall how long Alan Shearer had to wait.

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All players should wearing black boots, and they should be Predator’s, Tiempos or Puma Kings. Coloured boots are what Valsport should be blamed for.

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You shouldn’t treat the League Cup with distain; you should bring back the Zenith Data Systems Cup.

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Whenever you see a player make an almighty gaffe you are still sure it will end up on the next Danny Baker VHS.

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League Ladders are a must at the start of every season, and it has to be the ones from Match magazine.

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You think it should be compulsory for teams to record FA Final songs, no matter how bad they are. Where would be without ‘Blue Day’ and ‘C’mon You Reds’.

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Whenever you see someone in a bad suit, you compare it to the cream threads worn by Liverpool at the 1996 FA Cup Final.

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Coke-a-Cola, Rumbelows and Worthington seem to roll-off the tounge better than Capital One when talking about the League Cup.



You haven’t made it until you’ve been made into a Corinthian Football Figure. That’s the dream.



No one needed Sky Sports News when we had Clubcall for every team in the Football League.

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The days of waiting for Teletext to turn to the page your team’s score on seems so much more of achievement than just checking Twitter.



‘Do I Not Like That’ is still a very much an important part of your vocabulary.

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For you, all European football coverage should involve James Richardson outside a café.



Every time you see Carla from Coronation Street you shout ‘Lynda’ in a fake Spanish accent at the screen. Harchester is a real place after all. Go Dragons!



Kicking a drinks can (preferably Lucozade) into a bin is better than any skill you’ve seen anyone do on a football pitch.



You still proudly own football Pogs and any World Cup coin collection. Is there anything more 90s than Pogs?

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Whenever football stats are relayed to you, you have to point and chant ‘Statto, Statto’ at them as if Baddiel and Skinner were right next to you.

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The greatest rap of all time is John Barnes on World in Motion. Will Smith can only dream



Match and Shoot are still better than any form of social media.

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You still drink out of a SMUG Mug, and you don’t care who knows it.

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And above all else no one in sports broadcasting is or will ever be as cool as the oracle Des Lynam.




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‘Stuck’ in the 90s

The 1990s was a peak time for sticker albums and collectables. What with the emergence of Merlin and their famous Premier League collection, as well as memorable football series’ from Upper Deck, Pro Set and Pro Match – all of which we discussed on this weeks podcast. Yet there were a few collections that we didn’t get round to mentioning that went slightly under the radar, well unless you lived in my house. So here are six 90s collectables that you may gave forgotten about, and have remained firming ‘stuck’ in the 1990s.

Panini Players 95 & 96


When Merlin’s Premier League collection was released in 1994, it began a period of dominance for the company not seen in the sticker world since the mid-eighties. Their shiny new collection had left former industry leaders Panini firmly in the shade, but to their credit the Italian rooted company did try and bite back. With a licence from the PFA still firmly in their camp, they released a collection in 1995 called ‘Players’ to try and take on Merlin’s Premier League giant head-to-head. Unfortunately the collection just wasn’t as glamorous  as it’s counterpart and without the official Premier League licence, stickers were reduced to Wayne’s World style extreme close-ups with fake kits or players in random zip-up white jackets for the 95 album. Nice try Panini, but the playground only had one favourite at this moment in time.

BP England Cards

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More football fun from a petrol station came in the guise of BP’s Team England Card Collection. Based on the classic cigarette cards of the 1960s, you were given these illustrated collectables whenever you spent over £10 in a BP garage. They even provided a booklet for the cards to go in; unfortunately the sticking in was down to you and therefore it was vital to find the best, non-messy glue to keep your album looking top notch. While the caricatures varied differently in their likenesses to that Three Lions squad.


England Official Photo Album 


A World Cup 1998 collection that was a step away from the stickers or cards and onto something a little bigger – photos. Featuring all the names from England’s 1998 squad, they came in squad shots, action poses and images from training. All were kept in a small binder that was much lighter and more compact than used in previous collections. Like a photo album you kept of your family and friends, only with potential World Cup winners instead. Can’t have been very popular, as it’s never ever been attempted again.



Football Magic 


Right at the end of the decade a rare collection was released called Football Magic. No, it wasn’t a joint venture between Alex Ferguson and Paul Daniels, but a collectable series in the vein of Orbis’ version years before. Each week you’d fill your little red binder with new content for sections that included team guides, heroes from the past and football tips to the extent that the collection eventually spread over several binders. It however just disappeared mid-way through binder number three and was never seen again. Magic indeed.




There aren’t many things more nineties than flick-books, remember those? Little books that when flicked through quickly merged each page together to create an moving image – who needs tablets, eh? Well, there was of course a football version of this in the mid nineties called ‘Flippz’. Focussing on one player and some of their greatest goals, they were retold just by a flick of a finger. Technology felt like it would never get better than this. Thankfully, it did.




Futera Cards 

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A series of card collections from ‘Futera’ that was released at the back end of the 90s and oddly only focused on certain teams. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Celtic, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle all got the Futera treatment. Different collections included Masters, Sharpshooters, Fans Selections and a wrath of others from 1998 and 1999. And yes the below card of Leeds was the unfortunate image used for Clive Wijnhard.


Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 13.56.29Listen to us talk about the more famous collections of the 1990s on this weeks AK90s pod! We’re joined by author of ‘Stuck on You’ Greg Landsdowne, James Andrew from the Daily Mail and Trusted Reviews Michael Sawh.

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Got, Got, Need

Ash Rose is joined in the studio by Sticker Man Greg Lansdowne, Fulham Fan James Andrews and Manchester United Fan Michael Sawh. The guys talk stickers, stickers and more stickers. We also have a great interview with former Newcastle and Coventry legend Micky Quinn!

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