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Match's 2009 average weekly circulation of 100,007 is 11.5% down on its figures of 12 months earlier. While "Match" remains the biggest selling teenage football magazine in the country, its circulation seems unlikely to again reach its 200,000-plus heights of the mid 1990s, particularly in the face of stiff competition from Match Of The Day magazine. Scorcher Team of the Week: a different schoolboy team featured each week has their team photograph published and wins a Scorcher football. Your login may only be used by one person – a single login shared by multiple people is not permitted. It was all a bit wrong, though. Because Roy Race was originally a successor to old-school British adventurers like Dan Dare; he’s usually thought of as a doughty hero with a big side of righteous manliness. That might have been true in the Fifties, but in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties, Roy — a talented but trouble-prone number nine who played for Melchester Rovers and married the gorgeous, feisty club secretary Penny — was part of an unofficial, now mostly forgotten, experiment in comics that saw him and other characters dealing with the darker sides of football. It was a new direction that involved real-life stars of entertainment, tabloid scandals, football violence, political pressure groups, the royal family, a threat to virtually close down Britain’s biggest magazine publisher and a debate in the House of Commons. The aim was to make comics relevant to a new generation of kids, and out of it came comics that deserve to be celebrated more than they are, and certainly more than some of the A-meh-rican superhero stuff dissected by contemporary nerdtellectuals. Thankfully, the balance may be about to shift, because the experiment is, to an extent, being revived by Roy’s current custodians. From 3rd July 1971 Scorcher merged with "Score"(originally "Score and Roar"), then finally with "Tiger" from 12th October 1974. Eventually the Scorcher and Score was dropped from the title, with "Tiger and Speed" becoming the new name from 1st November 1980."Tiger" disappeared when it merged with the" Eagle" in 1985.

It was revealed over the years that Pete was a West Ham United F.C. fan who attended their matches home and away, had spent some of his youth living in South Africa, had a sister, and played football regularly as a striker for his local club, scoring 22 goals in one season, although he had previously played as a goalkeeper until conceding 6 goals in one match. Personalised Football Comics, in its sole discretion, has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Program, or any other Personalised Football Comics service, for any reason at any time. Such termination of the Service will result in the deactivation or deletion of your Account or your access to your Account, and the forfeiture and relinquishment of all potential or to-be-paid commissions in your Account if they were earned through fraudulent, illegal, or overly aggressive, questionable sales or marketing methods. Personalised Football Comics reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. Relationship of Parties This Agreement will be governed by the laws of The United States, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. You may not assign this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement. According to the British Library "Striker" launched on 10th of January 1970 and ran until 4th March 1972 when it was incorporated into "Inside Football". The striker comic strip reappeared in the "Sun" newspaper and ran until 28th August 2003 when it launched again as a stand-alone comic. It managed 87 issues and on the 12th of May 2005 rejoined the "Sun" newspaper. What was it about those footballers that made them so popular, while British superheroes never really, um, took off? It’s an unfashionable thing to say now that we're all living in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for a long time the costumes and tights never suited the British man. We’ve never produced a homegrown version, the corny Captain Britain aside, and even the great Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison said "the relationship of Britons to the figure of the US superhero [comes] with a great deal of antagonism".

Lags Eleven: (Humorous) Willie Smith, known to his friends as "Brilliant Genius", was the greatest super-crook in Britain, having been the mastermind behind numerous bank-raids, jewel-robberies and wage-snatches. Unfortunately for him he'd been caught and was doing a ten-year stretch in Bankhurst Prison, where he decides to start a football team as part of a master plan to escape during the first away match.

Football Club Badges: "Start your collection today". Colour illustrations of club badges. This week: Norwich; Torquay; Arbroath; Liverpool; Oldham; Rangers; Hearts; West Ham.Yet there are also genres that have never quite recovered from the various troughs that the industry has sunk to over the past couple of decades, and thus haven’t re-emerged to share in its occasional highs. War stories have long struggled to maintain much relevance beyond nostalgia, while romance comics are also generally a thing of the past. But the titles and strips that have arguably plummeted the furthest from view from the loftiest of positions are the once-proud, and once spectacularly popular, sports comics.

Issue No. 1 of Scorcher was dated 10 January 1970 and contained the following features and stories: I had outgrown the comic by then, but people from that time talk about being upset by the story, and Tomlinson is uncharacteristically reticent about it. "Not one of my better decisions," he says. "There were indignant letters to the management, and… all I can say now is, we were trying new ideas and that wasn’t a good one." Most of us would forgive him now, I say. He goes to fetch his cardboard cut-out of Roy from the garage so I can take a selfie with him.


issues of TIGER and Scorcher from 12 October 1974 to 30 August 1980 ( Industrial action prevented publication of 3 issues in December 1978 and a further 5 in May and June 1980) Unfortunately for IPC/Fleetway, the Daily Mail spotted it. Under the headline "Comic Strip Hooligans", journalist Joe Steeples fumed at the comic "read by 180,000 children each week" and accused it "of pandering to violence". Alan Hardaker, the Football League secretary, was invited to condemn it and seized the chance with both hands. "It is really appalling that there are people so brain-less as to sell comics to children with stuff like this inside them," he said. "The man responsible ought to be hit over the head with a bottle himself." Roy got his own comic in 1976 and as the years passed events became more and more surreal. Scan the autobiography’s index and you will find the following: “assassination attempt”; “Basran car bomb massacre, 1986”; “helicopter crash”; “kidnappings”; “killings of two players”; “earthquakes escaped” and “horse allergy (mild).” All this made it easier to involve celebrities. Many real players and managers posed with their arms around a life-size cardboard cut-out, Alf Ramsey appeared as Rovers manager, football stars Trevor Francis and Malcolm MacDonald turned up in the comic, Geoff Boycott became Melchester’s chairman, while for a brief, surreal period in 1985, Steve Norman and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet became Melchester players. In other storylines, Roy took trips to royal weddings, played during an earthquake and starred in a whodunnit mystery, when he was mysteriously shot.

IPC Magazines, the publishers of Scorcher, always referred to it as a "paper" rather than a comic in its editorials, to distinguish it from more child-oriented publications such as The Beano or The Dandy. In addition to its realistic and comedic football-themed stories, it contained factual items about British professional football, and advertisements not only for contemporary toys, games and confectionery, but also others aimed at an older readership, such as for the Charles Atlas body building method, and recruitment advertisements for the Police, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. We reserve the right to disqualify commissions earned through fraudulent, illegal, or overly aggressive, questionable sales or marketing methods. Scorcher was the name of a football-themed British comic magazine published by IPC between January 1970 and October 1974. Scorcher featured various well-known comic strips, such as Billy's Boots, Bobby of the Blues and Lags Eleven, a story about a prison football team. In addition, the Nipper strip was absorbed from the Score comic, and Hot Shot Hamish made its first appearance after that. Some of these stories later found homes in Roy of the Rovers and in Tiger.

The Goal Thief: 16-year-old Kenny Banks is taken on as an apprentice by 2nd division Tandridge Town. Then his father breaks into the ground to steal the trophies... In February 2008 it became apparent that "Match" would once again face fresh circulation challenges when it was announced that the BBC would be launching Match Of The Day magazine into the weekly football marketplace and "Shoot" declared their intention to return to weekly publication, although this didn't last long as Shoot closed in June 2008. In a number of areas, British comics are enjoying something of a resurgence at the moment. There are a slew of intelligent and inventive indie comics creators, particularly working in the autobiographical field, in print and online. British writers and artists are again among the foremost talents pushing the envelope in the mainstream superhero field. And even 2000 AD is going through a fresh purple patch of critical acclaim and publicity for both the weekly comic, and the cult hit Dredd movie adaptation. Scorcher Comic was launched by IPC on 10th January 1970 inspired by the success of football magazines like 'Goal' and 'Shoot'. Scorcher was a departure in that all the content was entirely football based. Strips included "Bobby of the Blues","Paxton's Powerhouse","Lag's Eleven","Billy's Boots" and "Kangaroo Kid".

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