A Lot Of Balls 1959-62

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A Word From Our SponsorsWe’re no technophobes but will admit that when it comes to buying a new football we do struggle to get our head around the concept of AFMT (Advanced Football Manufacturing Technique). You probably won’t recognise this acronym simply because we’ve just made it up, but we’ll wager that you would quite readily have believed such a thing existed. It’s something of an unfortunate bi-product of the useless, pseudo-science marketing babble that we have become long accustomed to by manufacturers of footballs.

If you told BTLM that the new ball FIFA will use in the 2014 World Cup has inbuilt Wi-Fi, can send notifications to a smartphone detailing its mood, is hand-stitched from unicorn hide by Bolivian pygmies and releases an atomised spray of Calvin Klein Eternity each time you head it, then we would quite probably take you at face value. It’s easy to be taken in by it all.

Perhaps it’s a generational thing but as modern footballs…

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Lawrence Boots 1958-73

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A Word From Our Sponsors Lawrence is probably not a boot manufacturer brand that will be strongly remembered even by our older readers. Like many of the smaller sportswear companies we feature as part of the regular  A Word From Our Sponsors feature, Lawrence’s heyday came in the 1950s and 60s before their market share was gradually squeezed by the growing clout of the majors.

Lawrence did not boast many notable boot contracts, but did benefit from some well-chosen individual endorsements featuring Tom Finney, Matt Busby and Jimmy Greaves. Examples of these and other Lawrence ads from the 50s through to the 70s feature in our gallery.

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New York Cosmos Vintage

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USA flag Lou Reed, Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol and Studio 54. Pelé, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia and the New York Cosmos: all celebrity institutions synonymous with late 1970s New York. Without five-time Soccer Bowl champions Cosmos and especially without the talismanic figure of Pelé, there would have been no NASL as we knew it. This final NASL Vintage post duly celebrates some of the timeless imagery associated with North America’s sexiest football club.

This collection is brought to you in association with Miles and his @TheSkyStrikers Twitter account.

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All Star Stockings 1958-61

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A Word From Our SponsorsBTLM likes our football socks to be non-shrink, nylon reinforced, washing machine friendly, continental rather than hoop styled and of course, available in a wide range of colours.

Thanks to a mix of ignorance and general apathy towards one of football’s less interesting accessories, we really cannot think of any other hosiery-based technology that our football socks should incorporate. Based upon their advertising campaigns from the 50s and 60s, All Star Stockings assumed everyone else held similar views to us.

The Wakefield based firm was the go-to company for football socks in these decades while the more recognised sportswear companies concentrated on the much more competitive shirt sector. This gallery features some of All Star’s marketing from the era.

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Best pictures from Bradford City match, 11/1/14

Bolton Wanderers Vintage 1951-77

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EnglandOur collection of retro Bolton Wanderers Vintage images picks up from the early 1950s in what was a good decade for the club in the FA Cup, its favourite competition. A Stanley Mathews-inspired Blackpool edged them out in 1953, but Bolton were back at Wembley five years later, this time to face Manchester United. The club’s greatest-ever player, Nat Lofthouse, scored both goals in Bolton’s 2-0 win and the trophy went to Burnden Park for the fourth time in the club’s history.

In common with Blackpool and other former pre-war giants from the north west of England, subsequent decades proved to be a lot less kind to Bolton. Relegation to Division 2 followed in 1964 and by 1971 Wanderers had plunged to the third division for the first time in their history. In 1977 – the final year we take in here – the club was thriving back in the second…

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