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1970s footballers at home
August 22, 2014 1:15 PM   Subscribe

With the English Premier League season heading into its second week, The Guardian took the opportunity to publish a strange series of pictures from photographer Ray Wright of some of the top footballers of the 1970s posing at home with their families and a few choice possessions such as vacuum cleaners, radios, moving boxes, tricycles, wallpaper, axes and globes.
posted by salishsea (23 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
The hair. Wow, the hair!
posted by rtha at 1:22 PM on August 22 [4 favorites]


After scrolling through these photos several times now, I'm convinced the dark-haried guy is the same one throughout the series, just in different shirts.
posted by newmoistness at 1:26 PM on August 22 [3 favorites]


Someone should do a photo book about the cultural phenomenon that was 'having a bar in your home.'
posted by colie at 1:28 PM on August 22 [3 favorites]


That could not possibly get more 1970s.
posted by Kitteh at 1:38 PM on August 22 [2 favorites]


It's Plato's form of the 70s.
posted by colie at 1:45 PM on August 22 [1 favorite]


This photos are great—or, perhaps best said in Tony the Tiger-ese, They’re Grrrrreat!

After scrolling through these comments several times now, I'm convinced that this newmoistness guy is the same one throughout the series, just in different [same] comments.
posted by blueberry at 1:46 PM on August 22 [1 favorite]


I'm guessing this is well before the first million-pound transfer, because the players families' stuff is pretty much the same as I grew up (solidly middle class) with. It hadn't quite got to the stratospheric pay scale and displays of disposable wealth.
posted by scruss at 1:52 PM on August 22 [1 favorite]


This one looks like a still from an early Dr Who episode in which the aliens are taking over people's brains by posing as their hair. An episode with really crappy "pffft, like anyone would believe that was real hair" make-up.
posted by yoink at 1:55 PM on August 22


All I see is more material for Scarfolk
posted by The Whelk at 2:01 PM on August 22 [2 favorites]


NONE

NONE MORE 70S
posted by Kitteh at 2:08 PM on August 22


Wonderful!
Thanks.
posted by Rash at 2:11 PM on August 22


I'm guessing this is well before the first million-pound transfer

The £20 wage cap for footballers was abolished in 1961 or so; transfer fees did not go to the player.

Players were well paid at this point relatively, but probably just spent all the money on Watney's Red Barrel ale and sideburns, rather than interior design consultants.
posted by colie at 2:21 PM on August 22


probably just spent all the money on Watney's Red Barrel ale and sideburns

Don't forget the flash imported hoovers and the electric kettle bling.
posted by yoink at 2:39 PM on August 22 [3 favorites]


Before we get too smug and scornful about these, perhaps we should all take a moment to reflect that, in 40 years' time, people will be looking at photographs of us with our own most prized possessions, and laughing just as hard.
posted by Paul Slade at 2:45 PM on August 22 [2 favorites]


Actually if you spent a million pounds on an interior design consultant in 1973 you'd have got even worse results.
posted by colie at 2:45 PM on August 22 [2 favorites]




Actually if you spent a million pounds on an interior design consultant in 1973 you'd have got even worse results.

I think that you might have done alright with David Hicks. Not everything in the 1970’s was naff.
posted by Quinbus Flestrin at 4:52 PM on August 22


George Best Plus
posted by dersins at 4:56 PM on August 22


I would cover 'Arry's legal fees til the end of time to have that picture restaged today.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:02 PM on August 22


> That could not possibly get more 1970s

They could've been taken with a Polaroid Land camera.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:38 PM on August 22 [1 favorite]


Gordon Bolland of Millwall decorates a room in his house with his wife and children

Eh, they're not that attractive.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:39 PM on August 22 [2 favorites]


Wow. Very sideburns. Such beehive.
posted by biscotti at 5:22 AM on August 23


That could not possibly get more 1970s.

Needs more orange and brown.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:45 AM on August 23


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