world cup

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…


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


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


Here’s the finished page…


Good luck to Gareth Southgate’s boys on Sunday!



Idea here was to focus on 10 Welsh football legends, being as they’re currently the top British football nation. Went back to the 1958 World Cup for the first two players, ‘Golden Boy’ Ivor Allchurch & ‘Gentle Giant’ John Charles



next comes 1970’s Liverpool striker (and later Wales manager 2004-2010) John Toshack, fantastic Everton keeper Neville Southall, and Wales top goalscorer, Liverpool’s Ian Rush




then we come to ‘Sparky’ Man Utd’s Mark Hughes (also Wales manager 1999-2004), Gary Speed (another Wales manager 2011), and Man Utd’s Ryan Giggs




and finishing off with 2 stars from Euro 2016, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale & Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey



These all began as pencil drawings before being arranged together and colour added


Although from different eras, kitted out all the players in classic 1958 Wales jerseys to unify the group


finally here’s the finished artwork…



Bit of old school pencil & pastel drawing here. There are hundreds of photos of England’s victorious 1966 world cup winners, but none with all eleven in the same picture, so I decided to put that right in this illustration.


So from left to right, we have Nobby Stiles (Man Utd) with gap toothed grin, Jack Charlton (Leeds Utd) standing tall, keeper Gordon Banks (Leicester), then probably England’s best player that day, midfielder Alan Ball (Blackpool), and striker Roger Hunt (Liverpool)…


moving on, hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst (West Ham), captain Bobby Moore (West Ham), and left back Ray Wilson (Everton)…


then midfielder Martin Peters (West Ham), right back George Cohen (Fulham), and finally an exhausted looking Bobby Charlton (Man Utd). Paid special attention to the players expressions, as I wanted them to look like they’d all played for 120 gruelling minutes on a hot summer’s day!


Last thing was to add the mono-chrome background, with  Wembley’s iconic twin towers either side of Bobby Moore. Here’s how the finished picture looks framed up.


** ‘The Boys of 66’ print is available HERE!

Gone for a flat colour retro style for this Wembley 1966 World Cup Final design. So the scene is the England & West Germany teams lined up in front of the Royal Box before kick-off…


Had to include the iconic (old) Wembley twin towers, so set them against a warm coloured sky – the game was actually played at the end of July. The main shapes are pretty basic – sky, stadium & pitch, so tried to add interest by packing in plenty of detail. Began by adding in loads of swirling flags & banners. The flags on the roof are the teams that reached the last 8 of the competition (L-R: England, Uruguay, Hungary, Russia, N. Korea, Portugal, Argentina & W.Germany). Then moving down, if your eyes are good you can just see the Queen sitting in the middle of the front row of the Royal Box!


now we come to the teams. Figures are pretty small, so gone for simplified shapes. In the background below the Royal Box, manager Alf Ramsey & his staff (blue track suits) sit on the England bench.


Here’s close up of the England team. Not too much detail because of their size, but used hair colour to distinguish players, Bobby Moore blonde, Alan Ball ginger, Bobby Charlton none! Also Nobby Stiles & Alan Ball are the shortest, and Jack Charlton the tallest.


and here’s the finished design framed up.    ** WEMBLEY 1966 PRINT Available HERE!!


Recently finished this Roy Keane pic – a young Keano in Republic of Ireland colours from the 1994 World Cup in the USA…


Combined 2 images, the main one of Roy in action,


and a head & shoulders portrait. He’d only been at Manchester United for a year in 1994, and still looks fairly fresh faced & innocent here, compared with the shaved head hard man image of later years…

Here’s how the pic finished up



Lots of interest in the new ROY KEANE biography, but here’s an illustration of Roy in action for the Republic of Ireland in 1994. This pic was originally printed as a pull-out poster in SOCCERSTARS MAGAZINE just before Ireland set off to the WORLD CUP in the USA, under under manager JACK CHARLTON.


I used pens, brushes and watercolour inks on this illustration, no digital messing about in those days!


Roy looks so young and fresh faced here, he probably couldn’t have grown a beard either!

Been working on this between jobs. Idea was to do a portrait of Bobby Moore that contained a variety of images, reflecting several different stages of his football career.

Main image is this pic, illustrating Bobby’s characteristic calm and commanding presence on the pitch. This would be late 60’s in the stylish West Ham away kit.


Next pics are all smaller, and flat colour style. This is an obvious one, Bobby lifting the Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy in 1966


Then Bobby posing in his Hammers FA Cup winning shirt from 1964


and the last little pic is of Bobby, match ball resting on his hip, leading out England for one of his 108 international appearances.


So, put ’em all together and what have we got? This new print!

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