Scorcher and Score 1972
Well, it’s not quite a classic Magazine cover but it is a great Comic cover all the way from May 1972 with Scotland as the Top team on the cover.
It’s a montage of Denis Law with Hughie Gallacher in the long pants as part of the Wembley Wizards; he looks about fifty though. The final drawing is of Tommy Docherty, the then Scotland Manager and Billy Bremner. So if Billy’s about 5ft and 5in., what height is Tommy Docherty if Billy’s a whole head height above him? In saying that I quite like the illustrations as at least they are drawn well.
Inside there are quite a few comic stories including the classic Billy’s Boots (if only I had a pair when I was younger, the Glasgow 277 BB would have won so much more), Nipper and even the Lags Eleven which was all about a prison football team. Personally I preferred the Tiger. There’s also some real football features but I’m not getting too excited over colour pictures of Nobby Stiles, Hereford United and others when Colin Stein Star of the Week is in black and white.
There’s also an illustration of some Scotland and England action including the Colin Stein incident from 1970 when Brian Labone hacked him down and we never got the penalty and a drawing of Bobby Moncur and Bobby Moore leading out the teams the year before.
Of the adverts there’s one for Cresta juice. It’s frothy man!