FOOTBALL MAGAZINE AND ANNUALS
In 1979, the magazine faced stiff competition from the new weekly Match! magazine which went on sale at 25p per issue, which was more expensive than its rival at 20p. There was also a strike by workers for six weeks during 1980, which certainly didn't help matters.
Shoot! maintained its No.1 position until the 1990s. However, Match! was revamped in the mid 90s and sales surged to a peak of 242,000, overtaking Shoot! by quite some distance.
Shoot! went from a weekly publication to a monthly in 2001 due to falling sales, and then became a weekly again in February 2008. Later that year it was sold by IPC to Pedigree Group who still produce annuals, special editions and a fantastic online version at shoot.co.uk
England star Ray Wilkins features on the cover for 25th August 1979. Wilkins played for Chelsea from 1973 to 1979 and was then signed up by Manchester United, although his first year playing for the club was pretty uneventful.