Top 10 football DVDs for Christmas
You’ve been asked the question a hundred times already this year: “What do you want for Christmas?” And while the true answer may well be a 50in 3D TV with a PlayStation 3 and a year’s supply of beer, chances are your mum/girlfriend/wife/dad/brother (delete as appropriate) won’t be able to stretch to that, so why not steer them in the direction of some quality footy action at tikabooson.com, the football DVD store?
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Here’s a few ideas if you’re still struggling to know what to ask Santa for.
10. Liverpool 3-1 Everton – 1986 FA Cup Final
One of the highlights in the official FA Cup DVD range is this little beauty, which seems appropriate to remember as we go into the 25th anniversary year since the two Merseyside giants met in this classic. Everton, in their half-and-half blue and white kit, in the midst of the greatest era in the clubs history; Liverpool without an Englishman in their first 11, managed by player manager Kenny Dalglish and gunning for the double. This is what FA Cup Finals were all about and 25 years on, the football and the rivalry looks as fresh as ever. Click here to buy it.
9. West Ham Legends Vol 1-3 – three-disc set
Over the years West Ham have produced and signed some of the greatest players to grace the English game. But this DVD collection also looks at the folk heroes and stalwarts for the Hammers. From Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst – two of the country’s favourite players who were both born and bred Claret and Blue – to Ludek Miklosko, Frank McAvennie and Paulo Di Canio, who are all legends in the eyes of the Hammers. All the favourites are featured giving you an insight into the great players to pull on the famous shirt. Click here to buy it.
8. Tottenham Hotspur Season Collection 2009/10 – three-disc set
The 2009-2010 season was one to remember for Spurs. They qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history, and in some style. Packed with goals and action, ‘Aarry’s boys exceeded expectations and fulfilled the clubs ambition to mix it with the teams at the top of the division and in Europe. This three-disc boxset includes the season review showcasing every goal and every game from this season and also features the full 90 minutes of Spurs record-breaking 9-1 defeat of Wigan and their eventful and crucial 2-1 defeat of Arsenal. Click here to buy it.
7. Big Match – Manchester United
ITV’s 1970s football fix came in the shape of The Big Match. The unrivalled Brian Moore offering up the best of the weekend’s football in the company of Jimmy Hill, Brian Clough, Malcolm Allison and other top pundits. In this edition Manchester United are the focus, taking one game from each season of the Big Match era, this is an excellent cross-section of the Red Devils throughout the decade. From the superstars Charlton, Law and Best through the leaner periods in this era where Carlo Santari and Willie Morgan patrolled the Old Trafford pitch, right up to the club’s resurrection with the likes of Bryan Robson and Norman Whiteside. Click here to buy it.
6. Wolves – Sir Jack
Never has a board member, chairman or owner been held in such high regard at a football club as Sir Jack Hayward OBE is at Wolves. He helped resurrect the club in the late 1980s, taking over the club in the early 1990s and transforming the fortunes of the Molineux outfit. Born and bred in Wolverhampton, Sir Jack was one of the last of the football club owners who did it for the love of the club, town and the game. This documentary looks at the career of Sir Jack both at Wolves and outside of football, his incredible charity work and patriotic gestures right up to the present day and his incredible sale of the club he loved and invested millions in, for just £10. With an in depth interview with Sir Jack, as well as views some of the people closest to him including chief executive Jez Moxey and current owner Steve Morgan this is a opportunity to find out about the extraordinary life of a true patriot and Wolves fan. Click here to buy it.
5. Everton’s Greatest Era – four-disc boxset
Between 1984 and 1987 Everton were arguably the greatest team in English football and one of the best club sides in Europe. Winning 2 league titles a Cup Winners’ Cup, and an FA Cup trophy as well as reaching 3 further Cup Finals their team was full of players now legendary around the Goodison Park terraces. This commemorative boxset includes retrospective season reviews for both league championship triumphs, catching up with the players that played and getting them to retell their memories of these incredible achievements. As well as this the boxset also includes the greatest game to be played at Goodison Park when Everton dominated Bayern Munich to reach the Cup Winners’ Cup Final agianst Rapid Vienna, which is the match that completes this four-disc set. Click here to buy it.
4. The Greatest England Games 1920-1966
Footage of the England football team before 1966 is a hard thing to come by. Televisions were not readily available and matches were not generally shown live. Indeed, the World Cup in 1966 proved to be a turning point in appetite for football on television. This programme, presented by legendary commentator Barry Davies, takes you back to the 1920s and chronologically takes you on a journey of the England football team and the greatest matches that were played. British Pathe provide the news reels as we are treated to rarely seen footage of players such as Tommy Lawton, Stan Matthews and Duncan Edwards as well as being able to watch the emergence of the World Cup winning squad. The programme finishes with extended highlights, in colour, of England’s greatest achievement, their 4-2 victory over Germany in the World Cup Final. Click here to buy it.
3. Aston Villa 1980-81 Commemorative DVD/Coin Collection
With, Mortimer, Morely, Cowans and Rimmer. Names held in the highest regard by fans young and old at Aston Villa. They are all members of the 1980-81 Championship-winning team. Led by manager Ron Saunders, they made a surprise assault on the league and – in dramatic fashion – ended the season victorious, winning the league using only 14 players: a modern day record. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of this incredible achievement, Aston Villa Football Club commissioned a special edition coin which has been packaged with the season review of this incredible achievement, featuring highlights from the season and retrospective interviews with the majority of the squad. Each commemorative boxset has been numbered and only 1981 have been made. Click here to buy it.
2. Spurs Victories Over Arsenal
There are many London derbies over the season, but none as competitive and as anticipated as when the north London giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head. Over the last few years, Spurs have had the edge over their local rivals in this fixture and to celebrate this, the club have released for Christmas a collection of highlights of some of their victories over Arsenal dating back to 1970 and including the incredible 5-0 win in 1983, Gazza’s FA Cup semi-final from 1991 and the most recent incredible second-half comeback to win 3-2 at the Emirates. Click here to buy it.
1. The Big Match – Best of the Studio
In an age when the Match of the Day format is looking tired and formulaic it’s refreshing to revisit punditry of the 1970s from ITV’s Big Match studio. With fascinating incites from Brian Clough, Malcolm Allison and many more, as well as interesting and frank guests who weren’t afraid of saying the wrong thing or what they thought. This programme takes the best bits from the parts of the show beyond the highlights and analysis. With sections on Viewers Letters, Jimmy Hill on Refereeing and golden goals to name but a few, this is a sideways look at football in the 1970s with some of the best pundits, characters and managers to grace the English game. Click here to buy it.