Alan Young comes under the Shoot! spotlight…
“A couple of pints and home by 8…” Yeah, right!
Steve Sims comes under the Shoot! spotlight in 1977…
Miscelleaneous Dislikes: Soul music, travelling by train…
you won’t find Steve on the Soul Train then.
Brian Alderson faces a Shoot! interrogation from 1976…
Full Name: Brian Roderick Alderson.
Birthdate: 5th May 1950. Height: 5 ft 7 ins.
Previous Club: Coventry City.
Children: One due any time now.
Car: Ford Cortina 1600 Estate.
Favourite Player: Colin Todd.
Favourite Other Team: Celtic.
Most Difficult Opponent: Colin Todd.
Most Memorable Matches: Two League Cup ties for Coventry City against Manchester City in 1973-74.
I scored twice in each game but still ended up on the losing side.
Biggest Thrill: Signing for Leicester City.
Biggest Disappointment: Not being picked for Scotland’s 1974 World Cup squad.
Best Countries Visited: Singapore and Malaysia.
Favourite Food: Curried Beef, Spaghetti Bolagnaise.
Miscellaneous Likes: Taking my Old English Sheepdog, Casey, for a run.
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Anything to do with gardening.
Favourite TV Show: Anything Interesting.
Favourite Singers: Barry White, Elvis Presley.
Favourite Actors: Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
Best Friend: Nobody in Particular.
Biggest Influence on Career: My father and Gordon Milne, the Coventry manager, helped me a lot.
Biggest Drag in Soccer: Travelling.
International Honiours: Under 23s.
Personal Ambition: To win a full Scotland cap.
Professional Ambition: To do well with Leicester City.
If You Weren’t a Footballer What do you think you’d be?: No idea.
Which Person in the World would you most like to meet?: Elvis Presley.
He’s not giving too much away under pressure is he? “No one in particular…”, “Anything Interesting…”, “No idea…”
Shoot! shines its lamp of interrogation into the face of Alan Birchenall…
Full Name: Alan John Birchenall.
Birthplace: East Ham (London).
Birthdate: August 22nd 1946.
Height: 6ft. Weight: 12st 7ib.
Previous Clubs: Sheffield United, Chelsea, Crystal Palace.
Married: Yes (Heather).
Children: One daughter (Laura).
Car: Fiat 132s
Favourite Players: Gunter Netzer (West Germany), Sandro Mazzola (Italy).
Favourite Other Team: Notts County.
Most Difficult Opponent: Anyone with a high work rate.
Most Memorable Match: Getting the only goal in West Germany for the under-23’s on tour.
Biggest Thrill: Moving to midfield.
Biggest Disappointment: Not moving to midfield years ago.
Best Country Visited: Anywhere but Iron Curtain countries.
Favourite Food: Toad in the Hole.
Miscellaneous Likes: Watching tv, peace and quiet.
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Ignorance.
Favourite TV Shows: Match of the Day, The Big Match.
Favourite Singers: Neil Diamond, Joe Cocker, Ann Murray.
Favourite Actors/Actresses: Donald Sutherland, Bryan Marshall, Claudia Cardinale.
Best Friend: I have many close friends.
Biggest Influence on Career: The thought of working under a bus with oil dripping over me (I was a mechanic before I became a professional footballer).
Biggest Drag in Soccer: Non-triers.
International Honours: 5 Under-23 caps.
Personal Ambition: To be highly successful in any business venture after my football career.
Professional Ambition: To win some domestic honour with Leicester City.
If You Weren’t a Footballer What Do You Think You Would Be?: An entertainer.
Which Person in the World Would You Most Like to Meet?: Hitler (if still alive) or Neil Diamond.
Youngers visitors to this blog might want to look up: West Germany, Iron Curtain, Claudia Cardinale and, possibly even Toad in the Hole…
The Shoot Inquisition captures our Rodney.
Did we ever hear the word ‘miscellaneous’ before this?