NEW comic strip story of Gazza’s brilliant goal against Scotland at Euro 96!

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David Seaman has just saved Gary McAllister’s penalty, the ball is launched upfield, Teddy Sherringham finds Darren Anderton, who cushions a through pass to Gazza…

“I could see Colin Hendry coming in,” said Gascoigne. “So I flicked it over his head and volleyed it. You can’t teach kids that, it was pure instinct.”

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Gazza has already planned his celebration…

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“It was one of the best goals I’ve ever scored,” he said. “I was playing in Scotland for Rangers at the time, so it was really sweet, and to have 70,000 odd fans singing your name is just unbelievable.”

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** GAZZA EURO 96 COMIC STRIP FINE ART PRINT AVAILABLE HERE!

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Great to be involved even in a small way with promotional material for Asif Kapadia‘s ‘Diego Maradona’ Universal Movie. Created this illustration after being invited to a preview…

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The film focuses on the period Maradona spent in Italy at Serie A club Napoli. As the publicity trumpets…

‘In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. This is the wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.’

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In the end my illustration wasn’t used, but you win some, you lose some. Really enjoyed the movie, and thanks to the guys at Organic for the invitation.

 

 

Liverpool & Tottenham line up in the centre circle under the flood-lights. Behind stands the Wanda Metropolitan stadium, a sea of red, with Liverpool’s fans depicting their iconic YNWA anthem.

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Above the stadium, in the background, the Madrid skyline swelters in the evening heat.

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So Jurgen Klopp’s boys just miss out on the Premiership, but deservedly win the 2019 Champions League, and become Six Times Champions of Europe!

** NEW ‘MADRID 2019’ SOUVENIR PRINT OUT NOW!

** MORE LIVERPOOL ARTWORK HERE!

One of Wembley’s most iconic FA Cup Final goals, this diving header from Coventry City’s Keith Houchen against Tottenham in 1987.

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Houchen feeds the ball out to winger Dave Bennett, who curls in a delicious cross for the Coventry number 10 to leap salmon-like and bury beyond Spurs keeper Ray Clemence.

“The whole thing looks so spectacular – it looks like I’m flying,” Houchen said. “When it is perfect timing, it’s like a dance – it all comes together.”

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Houchen’s goal levelled the score at 2-2, and took the game into extra-time. Contrast the emotions of a jubilant Micky Gynn (below left), and a distraught Chris Hughton (below right). Five minutes into extra-time Gary Mabbutt diverted Lloyd McGrath’s cross into his own net, and Coventry  had won the cup.

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“Wembley was this wonderful, historic place,’ remembers Houchen. “I grew up as a kid thinking about all these ghosts of Wembley, Stanley Matthews and Bobby Moore and all these things that went with Wembley – suddenly I became a part of that. We felt as a group of players and as individuals we deserved it, it was like our day that, it was like all that we’ve put in, all that blood, sweat and tears this is our day.”

** SEE ‘GO FOR IT CITY’ – Comic Strip Story of 1987 FA Cup Final – HERE!

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Extra time in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay, Arsenal and 10 man Manchester United are level at 1-1, when Patrick Viera’s tired cross field pass is intercepted by Ryan Giggs

What follows is one of the greatest goals in FA Cup history as Giggs set off on a devastating solo run through the Arsenal defence!

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Viera outpaced, Keown on his back-side, Dixon turned inside out, Adams too late, and Seaman helpless as Giggs lashes the ball in at the near post…

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… rips off his shirt in celebration, and eyes popping, legs it up the touch line!

United, already Premier League champions, went on to claim their 10th FA Cup with a 2-0 win against Newcastle in the final, also the second part of their ‘1999 Treble’, soon completed by victory against Bayern in the Champions League final.

** MORE MANCHESTER UNITED ARTWORK HERE!

 

 

5 minutes into the FA Cup semi-final, Tottenham free-kick 35 yards out, Arsenal wall all lined up, Wembley crowd buzzing, and TV commentator Barry Davies asks, ‘Is Gascoigne going to have a crack?’

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Of course Gazza did, and it really was one of the finest free-kicks Wembley had ever seen, rocketing into the top corner, Arsenal keeper David Seaman flapping helplessly.

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Gascoigne never scored a better free-kick in his career, and it sent Spurs on their way to the FA Cup Final, and eventual victory against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest just 4 weeks later. Sadly an over-hyped Gazza wrecked his knee in the same game.

** MORE TOTTENHAM ARTWORK HERE!

 

 

Action packed comic strip story of Arsenal’s 12th FA Cup win in 2015, a ruthless 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa, the highlight being a fantastic second half goal from Alexis Sanchez.

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Theo Walcott opens the scoring for Arsenal on 40 minutes…

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Then just after half-time Alexis Sanchez unleashes a thunderbolt shot from 30 yards out…

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that swerves and dips past a helpless Shay Given in the Villa goal.

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Arsenal’s victory is sealed by two further goals from Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud…

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and the Gunners become the most successful side in the FA Cup’s long history.

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** See more ARSENAL artwork HERE!