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Inside Soccer Changing Rooms Of The 1970s: Bathtime With The Winners

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BEFORE the ‘selfie’, massive headphones and ‘image right’, footballers were approachable and human. You could talk to them. And photograpahers from the Press Association could – and did – take pictures of them in the changing rooms. One lowlight, of course, was in 1976, when Crystal Palace manager Malcolm Allison received a disrepute charge from the FA in 1976 after being pictured in the team bath with glamour girl Fiona Richmond.

 

Everton 1970.

 

Soccer - Football League Division One - Everton v West Bromwich Albion Everton celebrate winning the Championship. BACK ROW, l-r Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey, Alan Whittle, Tommy Wright, Sandy Brown, Jimmy Husband, Joe Royle, Johnny Morrissey, Keith Newton. FRONT ROW, l-r Tommy Jackson, Roger Kenyon, Harry Catterick (manager), Sir John Moores (Director), Brian Labone, Frank Darcy, Gordon West, Wilf Dixon (Coach), John Hurst. Atlanta Olympic Games ... Athletics%0D%0A... Cheeky ... Jose-%0D%0AMarie Perec after %0D%0Awinning Gold Ref #: PA.330853  Date: 01/04/1970

Soccer – Football League Division One – Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Everton celebrate winning the Championship. BACK ROW, l-r Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey, Alan Whittle, Tommy Wright, Sandy Brown, Jimmy Husband, Joe Royle, Johnny Morrissey, Keith Newton. FRONT ROW, l-r Tommy Jackson, Roger Kenyon, Harry Catterick (manager), Sir John Moores (Director), Brian Labone, Frank Darcy, Gordon West, Wilf Dixon (Coach), John Hurst.
Date: 01/04/1970

 

 

Leeds United 1970.

PA. 719780 Soccer - FA Cup - Semi Final Second Replay - Manchester United v Leeds United An exhausted Billy Bremner of Leeds United recovers in the dressing room after scoring the winning goal, to the delight of teammates Paul Reaney (r), Terry Cooper (behind Bremner) and Gary Sprake (top l) Ref #: PA.719780  Date: 26/03/1970

Soccer – FA Cup – Semi Final Second Replay – Manchester United v Leeds United
An exhausted Billy Bremner of Leeds United recovers in the dressing room after scoring the winning goal, to the delight of teammates Paul Reaney (r), Terry Cooper (behind Bremner) and Gary Sprake (top l)Date: 26/03/1970

 

Leeds United's Billy Bremner has a celebratory drink in the dressing room after the match, in which he scored the winning goal

Leeds United’s Billy Bremner has a celebratory drink in the dressing room after the match, in which he scored the winning goal

 

Chelsea 1970.

Soccer - FA Cup - Final Replay - Chelsea v Leeds United Chelsea's John Hollins (second l) and Peter Osgood (r) celebrate with the FA Cup in the plunge bath after the match, alongside teammates Tommy Baldwin (l), Peter Bonetti (c) and David Webb (second r) Ref #: PA.714547  Date: 29/04/1970

Soccer – FA Cup – Final Replay – Chelsea v Leeds United
Chelsea’s John Hollins (second l) and Peter Osgood (r) celebrate with the FA Cup in the plunge bath after the match, alongside teammates Tommy Baldwin (l), Peter Bonetti (c) and David Webb (second r)
Date: 29/04/1970

 

Chelsea's David Webb, scorer of the winning goal in extra time, gets a champagne shower from the FA Cup

Chelsea’s David Webb, scorer of the winning goal in extra time, gets a champagne shower from the FA Cup

 

 

Everton 1970.

Soccer - Football League Division One - Everton v West Bromwich Albion Everton's Brian Labone (left) and Alan Ball (right) toast their Football League Championship victory, as Labone keeps hold of the trophy Ref #: PA.309223  Date: 01/04/1970

Soccer – Football League Division One – Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Everton’s Brian Labone (left) and Alan Ball (right) toast their Football League Championship victory, as Labone keeps hold of the trophy
Date: 01/04/1970

 

 

Colchester United 1971.

Soccer - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Colchester United v Leeds United Colchester United's goalscorers Ray Crawford (l) and Dave Simmons (r) celebrate victory in the bath with the boots that brought them victory Ref #: PA.724307  Date: 13/02/1971

Soccer – FA Cup – Fifth Round – Colchester United v Leeds United
Colchester United’s goalscorers Ray Crawford (l) and Dave Simmons (r) celebrate victory in the bath with the boots that brought them victory
Date: 13/02/1971

 

 

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Soccer – Watney Cup – Final – Colchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Colchester United celebrate with the Watney Cup after beating West Bromwich Albion on penalties .07/08/1971

 

Hereford United 1972.

 

Hereford United players, including goalscorers Ronnie Radford (top l) and Ricky George (centre l), celebrate victory with a drink in the dressing room

Hereford United players, including goalscorers Ronnie Radford (top l) and Ricky George (centre l), celebrate victory with a drink in the dressing room

 

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round Replay - Hereford United v Newcastle United Hereford United's Ronnie Radford (l) and Ricky George (r) in the dressing room after their goals had given Hereford a shock 2-1 win Ref #: PA.724312  Date: 05/02/1972

Soccer – FA Cup – Third Round Replay – Hereford United v Newcastle United
Hereford United’s Ronnie Radford (l) and Ricky George (r) in the dressing room after their goals had given Hereford a shock 2-1 win
Date: 05/02/1972

 

Leeds United 1972.

Soccer - FA Cup - Semi Final - Leeds United v Birmingham City Leeds United celebrate victory in the dressing room after the match  NULL Ref #: PA.387628  Date: 15/04/1972

Soccer – FA Cup – Semi Final – Leeds United v Birmingham City
Leeds United celebrate victory in the dressing room after the match
Date: 15/04/1972

 

 

Norwich City 1972.

Soccer - Football League Division Two - Watford v Norwich City Norwich City celebrate winning the Second Division Championship in the dressing room: (l-r) Graham Paddon, trainer, Doug Livermore, Kevin Keelan, Terry Anderson, Duncan Forbes, manager Ron Saunders, Trevor Howard NULL Ref #: PA.692717  Date: 29/04/1972

Soccer – Football League Division Two – Watford v Norwich City
Norwich City celebrate winning the Second Division Championship in the dressing room: (l-r) Graham Paddon, trainer, Doug Livermore, Kevin Keelan, Terry Anderson, Duncan Forbes, manager Ron Saunders, Trevor Howard
Date: 29/04/1972

 

Norwich City manager Ron Saunders celebrates winning the Second Division Championship in the dressing room.

Norwich City manager Ron Saunders celebrates winning the Second Division Championship in the dressing room.

 

 

Soccer - Football League Division Two - Watford v Norwich City

 

Leyton Orient 1972.

Soccer - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Orient v Chelsea - Brisbane Road (L-R) Orient's goalscorers Phil Hoadley, Barrie Fairbrother and Mickey Bullock celebrate victory with a glass of champagne in the dressing room after the match Ref #: PA.2939524  Date: 26/02/1972

Soccer – FA Cup – Fifth Round – Orient v Chelsea – Brisbane Road
(L-R) Orient’s goalscorers Phil Hoadley, Barrie Fairbrother and Mickey Bullock celebrate victory with a glass of champagne in the dressing room after the match
Date: 26/02/1972

 

1973 Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

Soccer - FA Cup - First Round Replay - Brighton and Hove Albion v Walton and Hersham - Goldstone Ground Amateur cup holders Walton and Hersham celebrate in their dressing room after beating Brighton and Hove Albion in their Round One FA Cup Replay Ref #: PA.13098102  Date: 28/11/1973

Soccer – FA Cup – First Round Replay – Brighton and Hove Albion v Walton and Hersham – Goldstone Ground
Amateur cup holders Walton and Hersham celebrate in their dressing room after beating Brighton and Hove Albion in their Round One FA Cup Replay
Date: 28/11/1973

 

 

 

Liverpool 1973.

(L-R) Liverpool's Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tommy Smith celebrate winning the League Championship with a cup of champagne

(L-R) Liverpool’s Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tommy Smith celebrate winning the League Championship with a cup of champagne

 

 

PA. 394244 Soccer - Football League Division One - Liverpool v Leicester City (L-R) Liverpool's Steve Heighway and Phil Boersma celebrate with the League Championship trophy in the Anfield changing room  NULL Ref #: PA.394244  Date: 28/04/1973


Soccer – Football League Division One – Liverpool v Leicester City
(L-R) Liverpool’s Steve Heighway and Phil Boersma celebrate with the League Championship trophy in the Anfield changing room
Date: 28/04/1973

 

 

England 1974.

 

omen's Soccer - Friendly - England v France England players celebrate their 2-0 victory with a bottle of champagne in the dressing room after the match Ref #: PA.747518  Date: 09/11/1974

Women’s Soccer – Friendly – England v France
England players celebrate their 2-0 victory with a bottle of champagne in the dressing room after the match
Ref #: PA.747518 

 

 

 

West Ham United 1975. 

Soccer - FA Cup Semi Final - West Ham United v Ipswich - Upton Park A cause for dressing room celebration at Stamford Bridge by West Ham United players after trhey defeated Ipswich Town. (Left to right) Trevor Brookings, Pat Holland, goalscorer Alan Taylor, Bobby Gould (behind scorer), unidentified player with towel, Graham Paddon (dressed) and John McDowell. Date: 09/04/1975

Soccer – FA Cup Semi Final – West Ham United v Ipswich – Upton Park
A cause for dressing room celebration at Stamford Bridge by West Ham United players after trhey defeated Ipswich Town. (Left to right) Trevor Brookings, Pat Holland, goalscorer Alan Taylor, Bobby Gould (behind scorer), unidentified player with towel, Graham Paddon (dressed) and John McDowell.
Date: 09/04/1975

 

 

Soccer - FA Cup - Final - West Ham United v Fulham West Ham United's Alan Taylor, who scored both goals in the final, celebrates with a pint of milk in the dressing room after the match Ref #: PA.731507  Date: 03/05/1975

Soccer – FA Cup – Final – West Ham United v Fulham
West Ham United’s Alan Taylor, who scored both goals in the final, celebrates with a pint of milk in the dressing room after the match
Date: 03/05/1975

 

 

 

Notts County 1975

Soccer - Football League Division Two - Notts County - Behind the Scenes - Meadow Lane Notts County manager Jimmy Sirrel in the changing room with a cup of tea NULL Ref #: PA.2731585  Date: 01/09/1975

Soccer – Football League Division Two – Notts County – Behind the Scenes – Meadow Lane
Notts County manager Jimmy Sirrel in the changing room with a cup of tea
Date: 01/09/1975

 

 

Norwich City 1975.

 

eague Cup Semi Final Second Leg - Norwich City v Manchester United - Carrow Road Goal scorer Colin Suggett holds the bottle as Norwich players celebrate in the bath. With him are Colin Sullivan (far left), Peter Morris and Mel Machin (right). Ref #: PA.2221633  Date: 22/01/1975

eague Cup Semi Final Second Leg – Norwich City v Manchester United – Carrow Road
Goal scorer Colin Suggett holds the bottle as Norwich players celebrate in the bath. With him are Colin Sullivan (far left), Peter Morris and Mel Machin (right).
Date: 22/01/1975

 

Manchester City 1976.

 

Soccer - League Cup Final - Manchester City v Newcastle United Manchester City's winning goalscorer Dennis Tueart, wearing a Newcastle United shirt, celebrates victory in the changing rooms after the match NULL Ref #: PA.391996  Date: 28/02/1976

Soccer – League Cup Final – Manchester City v Newcastle United
Manchester City’s winning goalscorer Dennis Tueart, wearing a Newcastle United shirt, celebrates victory in the changing rooms after the match
Date: 28/02/1976

 

 

Southampton 1976.

Soccer - FA Cup - Final - Manchester United v Southampton Southampton's winning goalscorer Bobby Stokes (r) kisses the FA Cup as teammate Peter Osgood (l) looks on Ref #: PA.717580  Date: 01/05/1976

Soccer – FA Cup – Final – Manchester United v Southampton
Southampton’s winning goalscorer Bobby Stokes (r) kisses the FA Cup as teammate Peter Osgood (l) looks on
Date: 01/05/1976

 

 

Liverpool 1976.

 

Liverpool celebrate winning the League Championship after their 3-1 victory: (clockwise from top l) Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan, Steve Heighway, Phil Thompson, Jimmy Case, Kevin Keegan, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Neal, David Fairclough, Ray Kennedy, Ray Clemence NULL Ref #: PA.409136  Date: 04/05/1976

Liverpool celebrate winning the League Championship after their 3-1 victory: (clockwise from top l) Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan, Steve Heighway, Phil Thompson, Jimmy Case, Kevin Keegan, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Neal, David Fairclough, Ray Kennedy, Ray Clemence
Date: 04/05/1976

 

 

 

England 1976.

 

occer - England Training - Highbury Stadium England's Mike Doyle and Gerry Francis lying on the massage tables at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium for treatment. Manager Don Revie (wearing an Arsenal shirt) personally tends to Gerry Francis. The England squad were preparing for their match against Finland. Ref #: PA.11069921  Date: 11/06/1976

England’s Mike Doyle and Gerry Francis lying on the massage tables at Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium for treatment. Manager Don Revie (wearing an Arsenal shirt) personally tends to Gerry Francis. The England squad were preparing for their match against Finland. Date: 11/06/1976

 

Aston Villa 1977.

Soccer - Football League Cup - Semi Final Replay - Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers (L-R) Aston Villa goalkeeper John Burridge and hat trick hero Brian Little celebrate reaching Wembley after their team's 3-0 victory over QPR NULL Ref #: PA.482898  Date: 22/02/1977

Soccer – Football League Cup – Semi Final Replay – Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
(L-R) Aston Villa goalkeeper John Burridge and hat trick hero Brian Little celebrate reaching Wembley after their team’s 3-0 victory over QPR
Date: 22/02/1977

 

 

Ipswich Town 1978.

 

(L-R) Ipswich Town's Alan Hunter, manager Bobby Robson, Kevin Beattie and Paul Mariner celebrate victory in the dressing room after the match NULL Ref #: PA.668524  Date: 08/04/1978

(L-R) Ipswich Town’s Alan Hunter, manager Bobby Robson, Kevin Beattie and Paul Mariner celebrate victory in the dressing room after the match
Date: 08/04/1978

 

Soccer - FA Cup - Semi Final - Ipswich Town v West Bromwich Albion

 

December 1979: Swindon Town.

 

Swindon celebrate victory

indon Town players (l-r) Andy Rowland, Alan Mayes and Chris Kamara (all goalscorers in the match)

indon Town players (l-r) Andy Rowland, Alan Mayes and Chris Kamara (all goalscorers in the match)

 

 

 

Swindon Town's Chris Kamara

Swindon Town’s Chris Kamara

 

Arsenal 1979.

Splashing out after their 3-2 win over Manchester United in this afternoon's FA Cup Final at Wembley. Arsenal players (from left): Pat Rice (captain), Frank Stapleton, Graham Rix, Brian Talbot, Pat Jennings and David O'Leary take a well-earned bath, making sure to keep their victors' trophy high and dry Ref #: PA.13092261  Date: 12/05/1979

Splashing out after their 3-2 win over Manchester United in this afternoon’s FA Cup Final at Wembley. Arsenal players (from left): Pat Rice (captain), Frank Stapleton, Graham Rix, Brian Talbot, Pat Jennings and David O’Leary take a well-earned bath, making sure to keep their victors’ trophy high and dry
Date: 12/05/1979