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On This Day artwork in the Wembley matchday programme for tomorrow’s England v Lithuania World Cup qualifier (Sunday 26 March). OTD feature goes back to Spain v England in 1980. England captain was Kevin Keegan (a Hamburg player at that time), he’d just collected his second Ballon D’Or, and was wearing his bubble perm…

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England striker Tony Woodcock (Cologne then) scored the three lions’ first goal after a long solo run…

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and his ex-colleague at Nottingham Forest, Trevor Francis, fired in the second…

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Here’s the finished page…

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Good luck to Gareth Southgate’s boys on Sunday!

 

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Another ‘On This Day‘ feature in today’s England v Portugal programme, ahead of the Euro 2016 warm up game at Wembley this evening. Page focuses on the England v Belgium friendly in 2012, prior to the 2012 Euros in Poland & Ukraine. Main image is Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who got his first England start…

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then manager Roy Hodgson in characteristic hand on chin pose

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followed by a bit of action – Chelsea defender Gary Cahill colliding with Man City keeper Joe Hart and fracturing his jaw!

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then on to Danny Welbeck celebrating a classy finish (and his first England goal)…

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and ending with Joe Hart breathing a sigh of relief as a Belgian long shot rebounds off the post

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Here’s the finished page

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Another ‘On This Day‘ feature in the matchday programme ahead of England v Australia at the Stadium of Light tonight… Feature goes back to 27 May 1989 & focuses on the Rous Cup game between Scotland & England at Hampden park. Main illustration is Chris Waddle sporting his mullet hair style…

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England keeper Peter Shilton ended up wearing a Scotland keeper’s jersey, as his own blue top clashed with the Scottish shirts

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England went in front after 20 minutes with Chris Waddle heading past Jim Leighton

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Wolves striker Steve Bull was making his England debut…

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and he added England’s second goal 8 minutes from time

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Here’s whole page

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(Thanks to Nick at Haymarket)

 

Here’s some pics from the ‘On This Day’ illustration in today’s Matchday Programme ahead of the England v Turkey game this evening… Date in question is 22 May 1974 when England drew 2-2 with Argentina. First up England’s caretaker manager ‘genial’ Joe Mercer…

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then first England goal scorer Mick Channon

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followed by 2nd goal scorer, the legendary Frank Worthington

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Argentina’s goals were both provided by Mario Kempes, the first after England keeper Shilton failed to deal with a low cross…

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and then a controversial last minute penalty

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Here’s the finished page…

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Here’s a preview of some of the comic book style illustrations in the official Matchday Programme for the upcoming England v Estonia Euro-qualifier at Wembley on Oct 9th. The ‘On This Day’ history page describes an England v Poland World Cup Qualifier from October 1996. England’s star man that night was Newcastle number 9 Alan Shearer

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He was England captain for the first time, and scored 2 goals, the first a header…

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and the second a blistering shot from 20 yards…

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It was a tight game, and it took a fantastic fingertip save from Arsenal keeper David Seaman to ensure an 2-1 England victory…

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Here’s a close up of the finished artwork, with all the figures, backgrounds & text panels in place

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and finally the complete page

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These here are some pencil sketches in preparation for the ‘On This Day’ feature in the Wembley Matchday Programme for the upcoming England v Estonia Euro Qualifier on October 9. Feature goes back to an England v Poland game in 1996, the main player being Alan Shearer then at Newcastle & probably in his prime. At this stage the main thing I’m after is getting accurate likenesses, and strong action poses. This first sketch will probably be the main image, a Shearer goal celebration…

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Shearer, England captain at the time, scored 2 goals back on that October evening, first one a header…

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and second one a piledriver from the edge of the box…

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Other sketches show a worried Glenn Hoddle (then England manager)

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and a flying save from England & Arsenal keeper David Seaman

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I’ll post up finished artwork soon as I’m able…

Having drawn ARSENAL and ASTON VILLA road to Wembley storyboards for the 2015 FA Cup Final programme, I decided to finish the job by doing one more based on the final game.

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Well, ARSENAL won the FA Cup for a record 12th time – so the headline was fairly obvious! Then I drew all the Arsenal goalscorers, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker & Olivier Giroud, with Sanchez as the main image, and a couple of pics showing his fantastic goal. Here’s a few close-ups…

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