Football’s all-rounder and innovator has his say – A brief guide to Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly magazine

Posted: 26th August 2015

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On October 27th, 1967 a new football magazine, Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly, hit the UK’s news stands.

The front cover announced that this was the ‘First issue of the great new magazine for all football lovers’.

The magazine would last for 131 editions over the best part of 3 seasons at the end of the 1960’s and into 1970.

On the front cover of the first issue was the beaming smile of a hugely respected and much loved forward from the time, Birmingham City’s Barry Bridges who had recently moved to St. Andrews from Chelsea, a transfer from one set of Blues to another.

Inside the magazine, readers were greeted by a smiling Jimmy Hill who explained the aims of the magazine.

At the time, Hill was becoming one of football’s true all-rounders. He had been a player, manager and would become a top broadcaster with ITV initially and then the BBC, as the TV companies developed their football coverage. Indeed, Hill was at the front of that development along with other well known names like David Coleman, Kenneth Wolstenholme and Brian Moore.

Looking back on his career in the game, Jimmy had also been a club director, chairman and union representative.

As far as innovation went, Hill had helped to abolish the maximum wage and while at Coventry City, introduced the first all-seater stadium in the UK, the first colour match day programme, the first electronic scoreboard and held the first screening of an away match back at the home stadium on a closed circuit TV screen.

Jimmy’s opening words in his magazine focused on the magazine’s desire to provide authoritative and comprehensive coverage of what was going on in the game. The image of the game seemed important and Hill promised that the magazine would campaign against any development or action which would damage the perception of the game as an entertaining pastime for fans to enjoy.

The initial introduction emphasised that the magazine would deliver its aims all for one shilling (or 5p once decimalisation came in).

After looking through the vast majority of the magazine’s issues, page by page, I’d say that magazine did indeed cover controversial issues, initially, through comments from Jimmy Hill’s opening editorials each week.

Readers became used to opening the magazine and seeing Jim’s smiling face and the words, ‘Jimmy Hill Says’;

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In Volume 2, as we shall see, Jimmy comments were placed in the magazine’s pages behind those of an invited guest who wrote about an issue in a slot called Platform. This feature was right at the front of the magazine giving the readers two sets of comments on topical issues in the game.

The rest of the magazine’s content was taken up with features on the top clubs and players of the time, supplemented by some instructional content and competitions. The excellent photographs of players on the front cover and throughout each edition were striking, memorable and a super resource for any collector of player content or information from this era.

While the first edition noted Jimmy Hill as the editor, in fact, it was a team of experienced football writers who actually wrote the words and produced the magazine using Hill’s name and photograph to help add weight and significance to the new publication.

This approach was a bit of a deception on one hand but on the other, consistent with the way football journalism and the use of star names had been evolving since the explosion of magazines and annuals had occurred in the post 1945 years, especially through the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Jimmy no doubt endorsed the words written by the likes of Tony Williams, Chris Davies and Ken Adam and fans probably didn’t care too much if Jimmy had not actually sat at the typewriter himself and crafted out the words that appeared in the magazine.

After a while, the magazine showed pictures of the editorial team, in addition to ones of Jimmy and these people changed, as did their titles, as the magazine evolved. There would consultant editors, executive editors, managing editors, editors and assistant editors along with the odd chief photographer thrown in too.

In fact, the editorial staff was one area where the magazine changed probably more than any over the life of its 131 editions.

As far as the size of the magazine, it stayed throughout at 28cm x 21.4cm or, in other words, a bit smaller than A4.

The page numbers began at 20 but quite quickly went up to 24 in Volume 1, issue #20 (March 8th, 1968) and then stayed there until the start of the 1969/70 season when in Volume 2, issue #41 (August 1st, 1969), the magazine expanded to 32 pages.

The front cover design changed a few times too. Beginning with the Barry Bridges cover above, the front cover with the small box including the magazine’s title lasted until the Volume 1, issue #10 (December 29th, 1967) when the title was spread across the top of the page.

This design remained until issue Volume 1, issue #42 (August 9th, 1968) at the start of the 1968/69 season. However, quite quickly, after just 2 editions, a new design took over in Volume 1, issue #44 (August 23rd, 1968). This particular design was retained until another change took place on the front cover of Volume 2, issue #16 (February 7th, 1969).

As far as the content was concerned, this evolved gradually as the issues went by.

As we shall see, there were some standard features which were supplemented when the magazine expanded its page numbers.

Initially, there were comments from Jimmy Hill, soon followed by a regular article by George Best. There was a news feature with lots of small stories called From All Quarters, another feature which attempted to explain aspects of the game called Your Soccer in Depth, features on Scotland, Ireland, reader competitions, a SWAP and Pen Pal page, Letters to the Editor and a Player of the Week photograph feature too.

Alongside these articles and features, in each issue there was a feature and often two or even three when the magazine was at its largest, on a top club or a top player. When the magazine became larger, some of these club / player articles were more likely to become double page spreads.

As the weeks passed, a Jimmy Hill Football Weekly Club was launched (although one reader didn’t seem to like the idea as we shall see below), a Giant Soccer Crossword added to the competitions page and a feature on Supporters’ Clubs introduced.

To keep tabs on what was actually happening on the pitch, the magazine included the previous week’s results. A series of player cartoons drawn by Southampton’s Ron Davies started to appear and as a different way of recognising top players, a feature called Star Choice was also introduced.

As we’ve seen above, the Platform feature was introduced to give an invited guest a chance to write about a topical issue.

The use of colour was selective and used on the covers and on at least 2 player photographs inside the magazine.

In Volume 1, issue #39 (July 19th, 1968), there was a centre page colour team photograph of Manchester United, although this did not become a regular feature. However, as the issues went by, especially at the start of the 1969/70 season, single page colour team photographs of the top teams did appear regularly

As far as the numbering of the magazine went, things began with Volume 1, Number 1 (as above) and the issue numbers went through to number 52 (October 18th, 1968). This volume covered the period just after the start of the 1967/68 season up until a year later into the start of the 1968/69 season.

Volume 2 , effectively covering the 1968/69 season, repeated Volume 1’s number sequence from issue #1 (October 25th, 1968) to issue #52 (October 17th, 1969.

Volume 3 then began with issue #105 (October 24th, 1969) and the numbers went on upwards until the end. But you won’t see the word Volume used on the front cover; just the issue number. The magazine’s last issue was #131 (March 24th, 1970). Only those close to the magazine knew why the magazine came to a halt, although it’s not a stretch to assume that the basic economics of revenues against costs were not adding up.

As far as the market for football magazines and how it was being catered for in 1970, Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly was still going strong but Soccer Star would finally being merged with World Soccer that Summer. GOAL and Shoot were already launched both catering for the weekly reader. There would be more titles launched too as Score, Scorcher and Striker started up publication.

Let’s go back to 1967 and have a look at Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly volume by volume.

 

Volume 1 – #1-52

As we have seen above, issue #1 was published on October 27th, 1967;

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As well as the front cover photograph of Barry Bridges, the edition included features on football in the Midlands, Southampton’s Jimmy Gabriel,  Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Bernard Hall (who had been forced to retire after a collision in a league match), Tottenham Hotspur’s Dave Mackay, Coventry City’s Noel Cantwell, the Home Internationals, hooliganism, Crystal Palace’s Johnny Byrne, a page focusing on the Pools and how to complete them and a black and white team photograph of Manchester City.

Issue #2 ( November 3rd, 1967) appeared the following week with a similar mix of content. Arsenal‘s captain, Scottish international, Frank McLintock on the front cover being followed onto the pitch by his goalkeeper, Jim Furnell;

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Also in this early edition was a feature on Manchester United and the Munich air disaster which at that time, had only occurred a decade earlier;

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On the inside front cover, Jimmy Hill was listed as Consultant Editor, Chris Davies as Editor and Ken Adam as Managing Editor.

In edition #3 (November 10th, 1967), a feature which would last for the  bulk of the magazine’s life was introduced. From All Quarters, written initially by someone called The Traveller who was revealed as Tommy Ford in the following issue, looked at snapshots of stories across a range of club, players and topics in the game

Leeds United’s Peter Lorimer is at the bottom left corner of this page;

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Issue #4 (November 17th, 1967) saw a Letters To The Editor page and this feature too would remain in the magazine until the end.

England’s 1966 World Cup Final hat-trick scoring centre forward, West Ham United’s Geoff Hurst is at the bottom right corner of this page;

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From this issue, Ken Adam was now called Associate Editor.

For issue #10th (December 29th, 1967), a new front cover design appeared with the small title box replaced by a heading across the top of the front cover.

Newcastle United’s Tommy Robson looked out at us;

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At the back of issue, a Great Moments in Football feature was introduced.

Notice the advertisement at the bottom right corner of the page which shows some of the earliest replica kits which boys could wear at the time;

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The biggest star in the English game at this time was Manchester United’s George Best.

In issue #12 (January 12th, 1968), George began a column for the magazine which would run through the remainder of the issues.

George appeared on the front cover;

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His article, probably written by Ken Adam, was just on one page initially;

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In edition #13 (January 19th, 1968), News from Scotland began written by former cricketer Ian Peebles.

In this feature a young looking Frank Munro is shown just after his transfer from Aberdeen down to Wolves;

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Also, Jim Clarkson was introduced and readers were encouraged to write in to Jim with their questions about the game.

Issue #15 (February 2nd, 1968) saw some changes.

Although for one issue only, Jimmy Hill’s image at the front of the magazine was in the form of a drawing;

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Jim Clarkson’s presence was now evident in a feature called Your Soccer In Depth next to which questions readers had submitted, were answered;

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Also a SWAP and Pen Pals page was introduced;

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Issue #19 (March 1st, 1968) featured the League Cup Final between Arsenal and Leeds United whose tough tackling centre back, Norman Hunter was on the front cover;

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In issue #20 (March 8th, 1968), Chris Davies began a 5 week series of articles in which he reviewed every League club’s match day programme and then published the results of a survey designed to establish the top ones in each division.

In week 1, the 1st Division clubs’ programmes were featured including Coventry City‘s in the bottom left hand corner;

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The magazine increased in this issue from 20 to 24 pages.

Also in this issue, a Giant Soccer Crossword was introduced, surrounded on page 14 by an advertisement for a George Best book published by the Football Weekly people and a cartoon, reminding us of the players of this era who were follically challenged;

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As well as News from Scotland, Eddie McKee gave readers News from Northern Ireland.

Towards the back of the magazine, a new photographic feature could be seen.

Blackpool’s Gerry Ingram was the first Player of the Week;

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The magazine continued with all these features for the next few weeks usually featuring 2-3 main clubs and players with features each week.

Issue #30 (May 17th, 1968), was an F.A. Cup Final Special.

The game was between Everton (Jimmy Husband was on the front cover) and West Bromwich Albion;

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Also in this edition, a Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly Club was launched promising various benefits for football fans.

It seems that a former owner of the copy of this issue in my collection of the magazines (Peter C. Marsh) was very protective of his magazines but also a holder of mixed feelings about the Jimmy Hill name.

On this page, he warns off anyone from reading the magazine. ‘This belongs to PCM. Leave well alone’ is the instruction.

Then on the application form for the club itself, although all the details are completed, there is an interesting note; ‘N.B. I wouldn’t join your rotten club, not even for all the tea in china’.

Maybe this note explains why the form remained in the magazine and was not sent off to activate a membership of the JHFW club?

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Issue #31 (May 24th, 1968) was a European Cup Final Special, previewing Manchester United’s match against Benfica.

There was lots of Manchester United content in this edition, including a double page photo spread of George Best, the Footballer of the Year and a front cover showing John Fitzpatrick in United’s away kit (with Stoke City’s George Eastham in the background).

Indeed, the Red Devils would wear all blue in the upcoming final at Wembley;

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At the front of the magazine in this edition, Jimmy Hill started to tell his story.

These chapters would last through 10 editions;

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A 4 part weekly feature began at the back of issue #32 (May 31st, 1968) summarising all the grounds in the 4 divisions;

This review, written by Ian McKissack, voted Hillsborough the best ground (‘without doubt, the best’), a poignant and ironic label considering the disaster which would occur there just over 20 years later in 1989;

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Issue #33 (June 7th, 1968) was a Season Review including a double page spread acknowledging Manchester United’s European Cup triumph.

The front cover, showing an action photograph from an Everton v. Stoke City match included the 3 Toffees midfield players.

Alan Ball, Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall would form such an integral part of the Everton‘s team which would win the 1st Division title in 1969/70 (Stoke City’s Roy Vernon is also in the photograph);

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At the start of issue #35 (June 21st, 1968), there were changes noted in editorial team.

Gone from the top titles were Chris Davies who would still be a writer on the magazine and Ken Adam (although he would return later to an editorial role). Harry Darton became Executive Editor.

In issue #36 (June 28th, 1968), there was a colour photograph of Manchester United’s players celebrating at Wembley after their European Cup victory over Benfica.

L. to R. Tony Dunne, Nobby Stiles, Alex Stepney, Pat Crerand;

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The Red Devil’s content continued with George Best’s regular column and a black and white centre pages portrait photograph of Denis Law.

Towards the back of the magazine, there was no longer a Player of the Week photograph but top players still appeared and in this issue the treatment of Liverpool’s Roger Hunt looked as if it had been treated slightly differently than usual;

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A new series began in issue #37 (July 5th, 1968).

Southend United’s Ernie Shepherd was first to be featured in Meet the Managers;

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On the front cover of issue #39 (July 19th, 1968), it was announced that Queens Park Rangers’ Rodney Marsh was featured in the magazine.

Rodney’s article was noted on a front cover showing Fulham’s Les Barrett and Johnny Haynes with Newcastle United’s Dave Elliott;

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Where had George Best gone? Perhaps on holiday? He would be back.

Anyway, Rodney’s article looked forward to Rangers’ first season in the top division. Unfortunately, his estimate of 36 points for the R’s was way too high and after a very difficult season in which many hard fought matches were lost by the odd goal, Rangers got sent back down into the 2nd Division for the 1969/70 at which point, after playing for my school every Saturday morning, I’d travel across London and watch Rodney and the team play (but that’s another story).

Here’s the first page of Rodney’s article;

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There was also a new feature on Supporters Clubs and those of the Manchester clubs were included;

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Another change in the editorial team was noted where Harry Darton was now not included.

Issue #41 (August 2nd, 1968) previewed the F.A. Charity Shield between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

The edition included an interesting piece of self promotion with an advertisement for the magazine in the up coming season;

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There was a new front cover design for issue #42 (August 9th, 1968), no doubt to welcome the new season.

This design, showing Jimmy Hill, now Head of Sport at London Weekend Television in the top right corner, would last for just 2 issues;

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Inside the magazine, a loose leaf action poster was included.

With all the current debate about a new ground for a new age for Spurs, this poster gives a brilliant reminder of the old East Stand with the Shelf beneath it, at White Hart Lane, designed by the iconic football ground architect from back in the days when the modern game was just beginning, Archibald Leitch.

The photograph (clipped here) showed Tottenham Hotspur’s Martin Chivers attempting to score against Southampton;

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For issue #44 (August 23rd, 1968), there was another new front cover design, with Everton’s Colin Harvey again in action;

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There was a good colour team photograph of the strong Liverpool team of the new season;

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In issue #49 (September 20th, 1968), there was an inside front cover advertisement for the annual produced by the Jimmy Hill Football Weekly organisation, Jimmy Hill’s SOCCER ’69.

Here’s the advertisement;

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Here’s the actual annual itself, a publication which had the look and feel of the magazine but in annual format.

On the front cover, Manchester United team mates George Best and Denis Law looked as if they were having a word with each other in the middle of a Home International match between Northern Ireland and Scotland;

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Admission fees for all the league grounds in Division 1 were reported in issue #49 (September 27th, 1968);

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In issue #51 (October 11th, 1968), a new editorial team was advertised.

Jimmy Hill was still the Consultant Editor, and Ken Adam was Associate Editor again. The new name in the line-up was Tony Williams, someone who all these years later, is well know to those interested in football publications, especially in the non league area.

This edition also included a good colour photograph of Queens Park Rangers’ Rodney Marsh;

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Issue #52 (October 18th, 1968) brought this volume of the magazine to a close and all the usual features were included as well as a new centre pages photographic feature on a match (Queens Park Rangers v. Southampton) by photographer Ted Hawes.

 

Volume 2 – #1-52

Issue #1 (October 25th, 1968) began Volume 2 of the magazine with Tottenham Hotspur’s Jimmy Greaves on the front cover;

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In issue #3, another Jimmy Hill publication was advertised.

This time, the advertisement was for ‘Football: the Pick of the New Season’s Pictures

Manchester United’s Bobby Charlton and Queens Park Rangers’ Mike Keen competed for the ball in a midfield mid-air tussle;

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In issue #4 (November 15th, 1968), the off-field artistic talents of Southampton’s Ron Davies were shown in the first example of a series of caricatures of fellow players drawn by him.

The first drawing was Leeds United’s Billy Bremner;

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Also in this issue, a new feature was introduced towards the back end of the magazine.

Manchester City’s Alan Oakes was Star Choice #1;

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On the back cover of the magazine, there was either a usually either a player photograph or an action shot.

Issue #6 (November 29th, 1968) showed Queens Park Rangers’ Mick Leach, a player who had been the boo-boy of the home crowd but after a switch into midfield from striker gradually became the fans’ hero. Mick died young in his 40’s sadly but in this shot, he was in his prime, striding out away from Manchester United’s Pat Crerand;

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As mentioned above, in issue #8 (December 13th, 1968), the Platform feature was introduced, allowing a guest to speak their mind on a topical issue in the game.

Platform appeared right at the front of the magazine with Jimmy Hill’s comments following behind it, although Jimmy actually kicked off the new feature with a rant against diving. Sound familiar?

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The following week in issue #9 (December 20th, 1968), England Manager Sir Alf Ramsay penned his opinions on the upcoming 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico and how to select and prepare the right England team;

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In issue #12 (January 10th, 1969), the competition involved spotting 5 deliberate mistakes in the description of an action photograph taken during a Chelsea v. Leicester City match.

Can you spot them? Just click on the photograph and it will enlarge for an easier view of the description;

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In issue #14 (January 24th, 1969), the letter of the week raised the question ‘Is the footballer a fairy?’

While many might not agree the use of such labels to describe our footballers, it is interesting that in today’s football where the subjects of diving, simulation, gamesmanship and players feigning injury after the slightest apparent physical contact, were the very same ones being discussed 45 years ago;

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A new front cover design was introduced for issue #16 (February 7th, 1969).

The title was still spread across the top of the page but the thickness of the lettering had increased.

The front cover showed Carlisle United’s goalkeeper Allan Ross clearing the ball from Chelsea’s Bobby Tambling in the 3rd Round F.A. Cup tie between the two sides;

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In issue #19 (February 28th, 1969), guest writer Brian Glanville talks in the Platform feature about another issue which many might believe is one we are only facing in more current times.

Reading Glanville’s article about the increases in council pitch hire for recreational football, the problems faced today by adult and especially junior teams alike were being faced back in the late 1960’s too, it seems;

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Issue #21 (March 14th, 1969) was the Football League Cup Final Special.

On a muddy Wembley pitch, Arsenal were in for a shock as Third Division Swindon Town, inspired by Don Rogers and others, beat them to create a huge upset similar to the one two years earlier when Queens Park Rangers, also in the Third Division at the time, beat First Division side West Bromwich Albion.

The Gunners’ George Armstrong was on the front cover;

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Issue #23 (March 14th, 1969) seems to be a bit of an odd one.

It looks as if the early pages are printed in the wrong order with what should have been the inside front cover where  Ted Hawes was listed as Chief Photographer showing on the inside back cover with the Soccer Crossword and SWAP and Pen Pals features showing on the inside front cover.

On the front cover (which really was the front cover and not the back cover pretending to be the front), the newly crowned European Footballer of the Year, Manchester United’s George Best whose column was still appearing inside the magazine, smiled out at readers;

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Also in this issue was a nice photograph of Roger and Ian Morgan who up until now had both been playing for Queens Park Rangers. However, Roger had achieved his big move across London and was now a Tottenham Hotspur player;

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Issue #27 (April 25th, 1969) was an F.A. Cup Final Special to commemorate the match between Leicester City and Manchester City.

The issue was full of features and photographs of the players from both sides;

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Issue #28 (May 2nd, 1969) showed Derby County’s Dave Mackay and Manchester City’s Tony Book for the first time in the award’s history, 2 players had been voted as Footballer of the Year;

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In issue #29 (May 9th, 1969, a Home Internationals Special), I noticed this photograph of George Best where it looks like he’s encouraging the defenders to come and get him and / or the ball;

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On the back page was a nice England team photograph of the squad in training for the match against France;

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Issue #31 (May 23rd, 1969)  was a few weeks after their F.A. Cup Final success, but this collection of Manchester City caricatures appeared;

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In issue #32 (May 30th, 1969), a new feature appeared called ‘Did You Know?’ featuring an eclectic range of facts, figures and occurrences;

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A few weeks later in issue #34 (June 13th, 1969), a similar caricature treatment of F.A. Cup Runners Up Leicester City appeared too;

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On the back cover of this issue, there was a photograph of one of the iconic players of the 1950’s and 1960’s who was finally coming to the end of a long career, Fulham and England’s Johnny Haynes.

Here we see him walking out next to West Ham United’s England captain, Bobby Moore to start his Testimonial match at Craven Cottage;

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At the start of the 1969/70 season, in issue #41 (August 1st, 1969), changes were made.

This edition increased in size from 24 to 32 pages.

Also, in Jimmy Hill’s article, a photograph was included of the current editorial team including (L. to R.) Roy Sleap, Ken Adam, Tony Williams and Jim Clarkson;

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One of the new features was ‘Off the Park’, a collage of photographs showing a well know player away from football.

Leicester City‘s young goalkeeper, Peter Shilton was the first player selected in this new series;

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Club Call was also new and featured a different club each week under the spotlight.

Chelsea were the club for this first week of the feature;

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George Best was back and now featured in a  4 page supplement.

If he wasn’t in the company of either a former Miss World or a future one, George made do with the company of well known actresses like Susan George, star herself of the controversial film, Straw Dogs;

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In issue #43 (August 15th, 1969), colour team photographs began appearing again and in this week, the selected team was Burnley;

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Maybe a sign of difficult times, the paper used in the middle sections of the magazine were downgraded to a matt finish in issue #44 (August 22nd, 1969).

In issue #48 (September 19th, 1969), a very different feature was introduced.

Written by Andie, Jennie and Lisa, I assume from the JHFW offices, Female Tactics was a page for the girls and indeed, it covered girls’ and ‘girly’ topics, like the hair cut of a top player (like Liverpool’s Emlyn Hughes), tips on how to protect your skin in the harsh weather on the terraces and how to make a top designed to keep you warm and looking good at the same time;

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In issue #50 (October 3rd, 1969), there were photographs of Tony Williams and Ken Adam now in the details of the editorial team on page 3 of the magazine;

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By issue #52 (October 17th, 1969), it was time again for a new annual and an advertisement for Soccer ’70 appeared.

Again, here’s the actual annual itself with Derek Dougan playing for Wolves on the front cover;

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Interestingly, as Volume 2 completed itself, the paper quality was back to using the glossier finish paper as before, throughout the magazine.

 

Volume 3 – #105-131

The new Volume opened up but with no use of the term; the next issue was simply called #105 and had Liverpool’s St.John on the front cover;

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Also in this issue was a colour team photograph of Queens Park Rangers who had just returned to the 2nd Division as quickly as they had arrived in the 1st Division the season before.

This was the group of players who I would get to know as it was the start of this 1969/70 season that I decided to start going to home matches in the footsteps of my brother who had been going to watch the R’s since back in 1964/65;

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In issue #109 (November 21st, 1969), we saw George Best in a slightly different way on the front of his 4 page supplement;

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In issue #111 (December 5th, 1969), there was a nice photograph of Brighton & Hove Albion’s John Napier posing on the Goldstone Ground’s pitch, sporting the older style wool socks which looked like they’d been washed a few times;

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As 1969 came to an end, issue #114 (December 26th, 1970) included a 4 page supplement looking back at the 1960’s;

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In issue 116 (January 9th, 1970), Queens Park Rangers were featured again but this time in a 4 player spread including Allan Harris, Frank Clarke, Ron Hunt and Tony Hazell;

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In issue #118 (January 23rd, 1970), it looks like Tony Williams had moved on to pastures new as Ken Adam was now on his own below Jimmy Hill’s name in the editorial list.

Issue #119 (January 30th, 1969) included a full page advertisement for the new On The Ball football feature on London Weekend Television. Brian Moore would be heavily involved with this programme, as would Jimmy Hill.

In the days long before the Premier League and Sky and BT’s coverage of football, fans had a choice of their pre-match football coverage between the BBC and ITV;

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With the World Cup Finals in Mexico approaching, the Daily Mail advertised its Wall Chart in issue #128 (April 3rd, 1970);

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Issue #129 (April 10th, 1970) was an F.A. Cup Final Special previewing the final many remember between Chelsea and Leeds United.

The destination of the Cup to S.W. London would have to wait for an exciting replay at Old Trafford after the first game was drawn 2-2 on a muddy Wembley pitch.

Chelsea’s Alan Hudson and Tommy Baldwin (in the background) who were instrumental in the Blues’ win, appeared on the front cover in a match against Nottingham Forest and their midfield player, Henry Newton looked on;

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Then, 2 weeks later, it was all over as issue #131 (April 24th, 1970) turned out to be the magazine’s last.

 

Collecting, values and prices

With so many items of football memorabilia from this era, the guideline is that the older the item, the more value it holds. However, in the case of Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly, it is the last few editions which seem more difficult to find, in my experience.

It’s the issues for the early months of 1970, which seem to be a bit scarcer.

Most of the magazine’s issues are reasonably easy to find and these are often, if not usually, in good condition.

As far as price is concerned, like many old magazines of this time, they can be bought for a few pounds plus postage and packing.

Usually with magazines, it is the first issue of the publication which is hard to find but with this title, it is the last edition. Indeed, I have never seen one.

As ever, the condition of the item will be fundamental to the value: the better condition, the better the value and / or higher the selling price.

Values and prices for good quality issues for the later issues rise up to more than just a few quid per magazine.

Collectors will have to decide for themselves how much they feel these later editions and especially the last issue is worth when buying, especially if that purchase will complete their collection.

 

Final word

The magazine had begun its life in the glory days of England’s post 1966 World Cup glory and expired shortly before England’s attempt to regain the Cup.

In that year, it would be a time of change for football magazines with Soccer Star finally being merged with World Soccer.

Jimmy Hill had had his say, albeit through the pen and typewriter of the likes of Ken Adam, Chris Davies and Tony Williams.

Hill would go on to concentrate on his TV career while magazines like GOAL and a range of boys’ football oriented magazines, papers and comics like Shoot, Scorcher, Score and Striker would compete for the still large football fan reading public as a new decade unfolded.

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Kevin Adams

My grandfather worked at the printing factory in Frogmore Road,Hemel Hempstead.I believe it is still there as a paper mill.I have every copy in mint condition of the Jimmy Hill Football Weekly.

Sunday 20th December 2015 - 12:18am

midfielder

That's great Kevin. Hang on to them as in that kind of condition, as every year passes, they will rise a bit in value, especially if you have the last one as noted in the post. I think they are a lovely snapshot of football in the late 1960's. Thanks for looking at the site. Best wishes, Mark

Sunday 20th December 2015 - 12:24am

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