Over the last twenty-five years, football clubs throughout Britain have been running a number of series of articles in their matchday programmes on the subject of matchday programmes, programme collecting and their connection with football history.

 Each of the twelve series comprises 25 articles, the purpose of which is to attract programme purchasers who do not consider themselves to be collectors, to the benefit of collecting programmes.   In turn, this should result in greater sales of club programmes.

 Each of the twenty five articles is around between 300 and 500 words in length and would fill half-a-page to a page throughout the season if serialised in your club programme (or a full page with illustrations).   

The articles will be provided to clubs FREE OF CHARGE, provided that authorship is acknowledged and a brief mention of the PM Publications website is printed at the conclusion of each article.   

The only other requirement is that a copy of EVERY edition of your club’s programme throughout the season is forwarded to me, at least once a month.  For clarification, this is  irrespective of whether the article is included in a particular issue. 

 If you are interested in carrying any one of these series in your 2015/2016 season programme, please pick one of them from the list that follows, and email with the NUMBER of the series, plus your name and contact details, including postal address.  The first batch of articles will follow by return, by email, with the remaining articles to be sent to you in the course of the season.  

If you wish to see a sample copy of one of the articles, advise the series number, and we will email the sample article to you.


PROGRAMMES THROUGH THE YEARS - the evolution from the simple teamsheet to today’s glossy magazines. (Set 3)

FAMOUS PROGRAMMES FROM FAMOUS GAMES - describing the programmes which commemorate the biggest games in football history   (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 4)

TWIN TOWER MEMORIES - describing the programmes which commemorate the occasions that made Wembley so special (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 5)  

[FOR SCOTS CLUBS : MOUNT FLORIDA MEMORIES - describing the programmes which commemorate the occasions that made HampdenPark so special (full colour illustrations supplied)] (Set 5scot)

(MORE) FAMOUS PROGRAMMES FROM FAMOUS GAMES - as above-but-one (full colour illustrations supplied)  (Set 6)

 (EVEN MORE) FAMOUS PROGRAMMES FROM FAMOUS GAMES - as above (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 7)

PROGRAMMME MATTERS.  How the changing face of football - and society - has been reflected in programmes through the years  (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 8)

 THEIR FAVOURITE YEAR - describing the programmes issued during memorable seasons for clubs and teams in football history  (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 9)

 POINTS FROM THE PROGRAMMES.  Fascinating aspects of football’s past, gleaned from the pages of matchday programmes through the years.   (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 10)

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.     Special programmes, and the history surrounding some of the great football stadia of the past, plus some famous ex league clubs.  (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 11)

 HANG ON TO THIS PROGRAMME !   An explanation of the joys - and financial rewards - of collecting football programmes.   (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 12)

 HANG ON TO THIS PROGRAMME ! [2nd series]   An explanation, and illustration (in full colour) of the football and cultural memories which can be recalled from old programmes.  (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 13)

 THE INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES.  A continuation of the examination of adverts in old football programmes, and the football and cultural history behind them (full colour illustrations supplied)     (Two separate series available) (Sets 14a and 14b)

 READ ALL ABOUT IT.   A look back at football magazines through the years, taking one at a time and explaining its context, contents and history (full colour illustrations supplied) (Set 15)

COLLECTORS TALES.  Fascinating tales surrounding programme collecting described by collectors, including historical and social references. (Set 16)

GAMES OF THEIR LIVES – famous matches, featuring famous players, described and illustrated with the match programmes, which is itself described (Set 16scot)

HIDDEN GEMS OF COLLECTING - describing small sets of programmes commemorating memorable matches (or events in British life) which together bring back memories of historic moments in football (Set 17)

GAMES OF THEIR LIVES (2nd series) – famous matches, featuring famous players, described and illustrated with the match programmes, which is itself described (Set 17scot)

WHAT TO COLLECT - describing 25 different “sets” of programmes to collect, what to look our for, how much to pay, how to obtain them etc.  (Set 18)


 In conjunction with SCOTTISH FOOTBALL HISTORIAN MAGAZINE, we can provide a full page feature (which can be edited down to less space) on the subject of IT HAPPENED TODAY IN SCOTTISH FOOTBALL (Set 18scot)

The following is a sample of the Set18scot

March 1st


It Happened Today


1890   Ayrshire beat Forfarshire 3-1 in an Inter-Association match at Rugby Park, watched by 1,000 spectators


1902   Scotland beat Ireland 5-1 at Grosvenor Park, Belfast in a Home International match watched  by 15,000.   The Scots' goals were scored by Hearts' Bobby Walker, and Albert Buick, and Rangers' Robert Hamilton who scored a hat-trick.


1909   Scotland lost 3-2 to Wales in Wrexham in a Home International match watched by 6,000.  Hearts' Bobby Walker and Queen's Park's Harold Paul scored in the second half, but Wales had scored three times in the first half.


1913   The Scottish League beat the Football League 4-1 at Hampden Park, watched by 65,000.   The Scots goals were scored by Willie Reid of Rangers (with two), Joe Dodds of Celtic and Bob Mercer of Hearts.


1922  Members of Queen of the South, at their Annual General Meeting, agree to the formation of a Limited Liability Company


1924  Scotland beat Ireland 2-0 at Parkhead in a Home International match, watched by 30,000.   The goals were scored by Rangers' Andy Cunningham and Dave Morris of Raith Rovers.


1941   The first matches were played in the Southern League Cup, introducing the qualifying section concept to domestic football


1952   Scotland Amateurs beat Wales 3-2 at Inverness, watched by a crowd of 3,500.  Among the goalscorers is Queen's Park's Derek Grierson


1958   Dawson Walker appointed coach to the Scottish International team


1961   Scotland Under 23s beat England 1-0 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, watched by 21,858.  Manchester City's Denis Law scored the goal


1965   Eddie Turnbull appointed manager of Aberdeen


1967  Celtic beat Vojvodina 2-0 at Parkhead in the second leg of the quarter final of the European Cup.   They had lost the first leg 1-0 in Novi Sad a week earlier, but Steve Chalmers scored in 58 minutes and Billy McNeill headed a last minute winner, watched by 75,000.   Celtic went on to win the trophy in Lisbon


1967   Rangers beat Real Zaragoza 2-0 at Ibrox in the first leg of the quarter final of the European Cup Winners Cup.  The goals were scored by Dave Smith and Alex Willoughby, watched by 65,000.  The second leg in Spain three weeks later ended in a similar scoreline, and Rangers progressed by a toss of the coin.   They went on to reach the final, where they were beaten by Bayern Munich in Nuremberg


1967  Scotland's Under 23s beat England 3-1 at St James's Park, Newcastle, watched by 21,860.   The Scots' goals were scored bySheffield Wednesday's Jim McCalliog, Hibs' Peter Cormack and Jimmy Smith of Aberdeen


1973   Willie McLean appointed manager of Queen of the South


1973   Manchester United's Scots born defender John Fitzpatrick was advised to stop playing due to his knee injuries


1977   Billy Little appointed manager of Falkirk


1978   Celtic beat Hearts 2-0 in a League Cup semi final at Hampden Park, watched by 18,840.   Joe Craig and George McCluskey scored the goals in the first half, but Celtic lost 2-1 to Rangers in the Final later that month.


1991   Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen retired from playing


1994   Sergei Baltacha appointed player manager of Inverness Caledonian


1997  Former Hearts defender and chairman Bobby Parker died


1999   The SFA suspend Chief Executive Jim Farry following Celtic's complaints about the conduct of Jorge Cadete's transfer registration


1999   Former Celtic full back John Gorman appointed coach of Ipswich Town


1999   Former Scotland internationalist and Aberdeen manager Tommy Pearson died


2002  Alan Kernaghan appointed manager of Clyde


2002   Jim Moffatt appointed manager of East fife


2002   Berti Vogts starts work as manager of Scotland


2006   Scotland lost 3-1 to Switzerland in a friendly international at Hampden, watched by 20,952.  Wolves' Kenny Miller scored in 54 minutes for the Scots, who were 2-0 down at the interval.


2012  Gordon Durie appointed manager of East Fife




Born Today




1934   Tommy McCulloch, Clyde and Hamilton Accies goalkeeper


1939   Tommy Bryceland, St Mirren and Norwich City midfielder


1945   Bobby Ferguson, Kilmarnock, West Ham and Scotland goalkeeper


1945   David Millar, Queen's Park, Aberdeen, Raith Rovers, St Mirren and Stranraer midfielder


1949   George Connelly, Celtic and Scotland sweeper


1965   Fraser Wishart, Motherwell, St Mirren, Falkirk, Rangers, Hearts, Clydebank and Airdrie defender


1970   Sean McEntegart, Queen's Park and Hamilton Accies midfielder


1972   Jason Young, Meadowbank and Stranraer forward


1983   Kris Brash, Peterhead, East Fife and Montrose midfielder


1984   David Murphy, Hibs and Birmingham City defender


1984  Alan Campbell, Montrose


1985   Stephen Fraser, St Johnstone and Montrose midfielder




Signed Today




1956  Dunfermline Athletic signed centre half Harry Colville from Falkirk


1972   Manchester United signed wing half Martin Buchan from Aberdeen


1973   West Ham signed centre forward Ted MacDougall from Manchester United


1977  St Johnstone signed outside right John Pelosi from Glasgow Perthshire


1977   Celtic signed forward Alfie Conn from Tottenham Hotspur for £60,000


1977   Coventry City signed Scottish internationalist Jim Holton from Sunderland for £50,000


1978   Coventry City signed wing half Gary Gillespie from Falkirk


1985   Hamilton Accies signed midfielder Tommy O'Neil from Clyde


1988   Berwick Rangers signed midfielder Martin Neil from Shielfield Rangers


1989  Celtic signed centre forward Tommy Coyne from Dundee


1993   Berwick Rangers signed midfielder Kevin Kane from Meadowbank Thistle


1994   Dundee signed defender Neil Duffy from Falkirk


1994   Falkirk signed inside forward Dragutin Ristic from Dundee


1995   Falkirk signed forward Maurice Johnston from Hearts


1995   Hearts signed outside left Colin Cramb from Falkirk


1996   Airdrie signed midfielder Peter Hetherston from Aberdeen


1996  Rangers signed forward Erik Bo Andersen from Aalborg BK


1996   Falkirk signed forward Ally Graham from Raith Rovers


1996  Raith Rovers signed forward Scott Thomson from Aberdeen


1996   Raith Rovers signed midfielder Stevie Kirk from Falkirk


2006  Cowdenbeath signed forward Armand One from Partick Thistle


2008   Berwick Rangers signed defender Grant McNicoll fromBrechin City


Compiled by John Litster, editor of “Scottish Football Historian” magazine and author of a new book “50 Years of Scottish Football 1963-2013”.




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