Tag Archives: 1990

World Cup Top Tin; #5 Worst Kits

9 Jul

International football kit design is not an area in which it is easy to make mistakes. The basic colours and styles have long been traditionally established, often to the point of also being the team’s nickname, and you don’t have any fiddly or awkwardly coloured sponsors logos to factor in. And yet some countries continue to get it all wrong, all very, very wrong. Here Twinty Tin looks at those who have taken to the field with all the sartorial style of Dame Edna Everage Continue reading


On this day… 3rd July 1990

3 Jul

Our plan from the start with Twinty Tin was to be non-partisan in our coverage of the World Cup. Unlike ITV, on this site England are England and never ‘we’ or ‘us’, although admittedly this is made easier by the fact that fifty percent of the team behind this blog is Welsh. However, despite this pledge, it seems that this feature has begun to follow Clive Tyldsley’s lead. Having already looked back at England’s second round and quarter-final matches from Italia ’90, we now complete the set with a look back at the denouement of that campaign; West Germany and a semi-final which took place twenty years ago today. Continue reading

On this day… 1st July 1990

1 Jul

Tomorrow Ghana face Uruguay in Johannesburg, becoming in the process only the third African side to contest a World Cup Quarter Final. Despite Peter Drury’s pre-rehearsed histrionics each time they score or win a game The Black Stars have advanced to this stage in a fairly understated fashion, won one, drew one and lost one in their group, before an extra-time victory over the USA in the second round. Had this tournament not have been in Africa, Ghana’s progress would hardly have been remarked on. Their continental predecessors at this stage grabbed decidedly more headlines. Senegal of course defeated the holders and the hosts route to the 2002 Quarter Finals, where they were beaten in extra-time by Turkey. And before them came arguably the most impressive of all African World Cup showings, Cameroon, who having also beaten the hosts in their opening game, made it through to a quarter-final with England, played twenty years ago today. Continue reading

On this day… 26th June 1990

26 Jun

England face Germany in the second round of the World Cup tomorrow. What? You already knew? Well, ahead of this game and amidst the media frenzy it appears that the spectrum of optimism amongst England fans is a vast one ranging from those huddled up in a corner expecting the worst, to those confidently boasting that England will stride forward unabashed, Germany just a mild distraction on the way to inevitable glory. For those at the former end, here’s a little inspiration from twenty years ago today, when England faced another tough second round tie. Continue reading

On this day… 25th June 1982

25 Jun

After yesterday’s heroics from Slovakia in knocking the current holders out of the tournament it seems suitable to use this feature to look at another upset from a past World Cup. In 1982 Northern Ireland qualified for their first World Cup Finals since 1958 and found themselves in a daunting group featuring Yugoslavia and the hosts Spain. After beginning with draws against the Yugoslav team and Honduras, Northern Ireland went into their final group game, twenty-eight years ago today knowing that only victory over the Spanish would guarantee they remained in the competition. Continue reading

On this day… 23rd June 1990

23 Jun

Today’s episode of our On this day feature is something of a double header, as the match on which it focuses, is also my own first World Cup memory. Twenty years ago today Cameroon faced Colombia in Naples in the first second round tie of Italia ’90. Cameroon had surprised everyone by winning a group featuring reigning champions Argentina to make it through whilst Colombia had just scraped through thanks to a 1-1 draw with West Germany. The South Americans though were still favourites to progress in to the Quarter Finals. Continue reading

On this day… 11th June 1978

11 Jun

Having featured England earlier in the week, we are perhaps over due a feature on the Home Nations’ second most regular World Cup participant. Scotland have featured in eight World Cup finals tournaments, over which time they have infamously mastered the art of going out in the group stages. The Scots therefore don’t necessarily have too many great memories of World Cups gone, and of what positives there are, one stands out above the rest. Yep, thirty-two years ago today Scotland faced the Netherlands, and Archie Gemmill scored that goal. Continue reading