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1990 Panini Football Stickers: Photos

Day two of cleaning up my garage unearthed some more gems. This time it’s “Football ’90,” which is a small stack of Panini stickers from the 1990-91 season. There are about 50-75 stickers in all, nowhere near the entire collection. But the first thing that jumped out at me is all of these long forgotten names who have drifted on to other lives. Maybe they’re still involved in soccer somewhere, or maybe they now have new careers.

Some more recognizable names are the ones pictured above. Everyone from a very young looking Alex Ferguson (before he was a sir), an even younger looking David Platt, the recently deceased Gary Ablett, ITV commentator and analyst Andy Townsend, Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker and, last but not least, the late great Brian Clough.

Another thing that jumped out at me while looking through the football stickers were the names of Luton Town and Charlton Athletic. While Charlton is in League One (the third tier of English football), Luton is now in non-league conference. How the mighty have fallen.

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  1. jeff

    September 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Don’t suppose you have the dunfermline atl foil badge?

  2. Bishopville Red

    January 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    If I remember correctly, history has shown Venglos to be too far ahead of his time in England. Had his troops been more responsive to different tactics, he could have been Wenger before Wenger (albeit a less talented version).

    My favourite Panini sticker story is the one often told about Mark Hughes – apparently, he used his own Panini sticker as his passport photo.

  3. Taylor

    January 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Always loved Andy Townshend’s vision when managing the game.
    I remembered watching Luton Town, sad to see that the club in the non-league conference.
    IIRC, 1990 was not a good year for Villa, they appointed Dr Joszef Venglos (who guided then Czechoslovakia to the World Cup and beating the US with Tomas Skuhravy and Co). For some reason Venglos’ work didn’t work well there. I had quite a high expectations for Villa at the beginning of the season.

    • The Gaffer

      January 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I interviewed Venglos in person in 2008 in Baltimore. Here’s a clip of it at

      The Gaffer

      • Taylor

        January 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        Gaffer, just curious: have you ever had a survey on this website’s visitors regarding the first time they watched EPL: or European football in general ? I expected this article to generate a lot of comments since the 1990 was probably the beginning of “commercialization and globalization” of European football. I can take 1986/87 as the beginning of the process but it was after the world cup when we saw how huge an industry that football can be.

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