|About Football Pictorial |
See below for the history of this magazine
Launched in May 1970 by incorporating "Football Supporter" which started life as the magazine for the National Federation of Supporters Clubs.
The "new " magazine started as Volume 3 No 5 as a continuation of Football Supporter.
The Pictorial was the "Official Journal of the National Federation of Football Supporters" and the volume numbers and issues just carry on with the assumption of having started in late 1967 rather than as a clean start in its own right.
Football Pictorial kept going for 4 years until February 1974 when it and the "Football Digest" (the remnants of the Charles Buchan's Football Monthly) became "Football".
At some point the Pictorial must have been taken over by IPC because they owned it by February 1974 but in the early 1970's it was been produced by Mercury House Publications.But things must have changed because by 1974 there was no mention of the affiliation to the "Official Journal of the National Federation of Football Supporters" and was being published by Plenhurst Ltd.
In the February 1974 issue the Football pictorial editorial stated "We sell more copies than any other British monthly soccer magazine" so for it to be merging 5 months later to become "Football" must have been a shock. At that time the monthly competitors were Charles Buchan and World Soccer so it was thriving at a difficult time.
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