Issue 74 (Spring 2021) will now be published in the third week of April and should be in the shops from Saturday 24.
Issue 75 (Summer 2021) will be published in early July.
Issue 74 contains the last interview with Derek Ufton, England’s oldest surviving international before his death last month at the age of 92. Derek, who also played cricket for Kent, was capped once by England … and we also have a feature on those other players from the 1950s to the 1980s who only troubled the selectors on one occasion. There are also interviews with Len Ashurst, David Williams and Dennis Mortimer, who talks about his Aston Villa team-mates from the 1980-81 title campaign. Other features include Brian Clough on TV, Mr Stourbridge FC Hugh Clark, FA Cup final day in the past, 90 Minutes magazine, Division Three kits in 1985-86, Pele’s first appearance in the UK, the caricaturists of the past, tributes to Ian St John, Peter Lorimer, Tony Collins and Frank Worthington, Huddersfield Town between 1945 and 1970 and much much more. You can pre-order Issue 74 on the BACKPASS page.
TO OUR OVERSEAS READERS
Postal services to some countries, both in mainland Europe and further afield, have been subjected to longer delays than normal in recent months. We are informed that a combination of the ongoing pandemic and Brexit is to blame … but our distribution partners are doing their utmost to try and cut the waiting times. However, it is mostly out of our control and we share the frustration of all those overseas subscribers who are having to wait longer than usual to receive their copy of BACKPASS. We now have customers in over 30 countries across the globe and while we will always replace what we believe are genuinely ‘lost’ copies we ask that overseas readers show some patience at this testing time … we hope that the situation gets back to some sort of normality as 2021 progresses, lockdowns permitting. Postal costs to Australia and New Zealand have also risen considerably since the turn of the year and this will now be reflected in our overseas subscription rates and one-off sales to those countries. Overseas copies are being sent to the usual retail outlets around the world but these too are being held up, especially to long-haul destinations … once again this is something that is out of our hands.