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Cover Story

Our players have always been front page news – as John Fennelly’s ongoing series on magazines from the past clearly illustrates. This month we go back to August, 1971, when Martin Chivers was on the goal trail at home and abroad.

The early 1970s were a special time for Martin Chivers so it is no surprise to see him feature on the cover of the country’s leading football magazine at the time.

Cover_fullBig Chiv is pictured in action against Ipswich Town in the August 14, 1971, issue - and we defeated the Tractor Boys home and away the previous season with our powerful England striker scoring in the return at White Hart Lane.

That same season saw us win the League Cup for the first time with Chiv scoring both our goals against Aston Villa in the Wembley final.  

We reached the semi-finals of the same competition the following year with Chivers on target in both legs against Chelsea before we went out 5-4 on aggregate.

And he scored four times to get us back to Wembley in 1973 when we again lifted the League Cup after Ralph Coates’s goal won it for us against Norwich City.

In between, Martin was pivotal in our inaugural UEFA Cup success scoring a hat-trick against Keflavik and two at home to Rapid Bucharest before his brace in the first leg of the final at Wolves all but ended the tie.

Chivers had joined us from his home town club Southampton in January, 1968, and the £125,000 we paid for him was a record at the time. He was a regular England Under-23 international by then and Saints snapped up Frank Saul from us as part of the deal.

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