August 21st, 2008

Vintage TTO: Kenny Sansom v Cyrille Regis

We’re taking it old school for the Thursday Thigh Off, Kickettes.

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images courtesy of PA Wire/KEYSTONE Press

Why? We were starting to become a tad disillusioned in the search for hot, present day thigh action every week: the base layers, socks pulled up too high, shorts getting longer and longer every season -  enough is enough, damn it.

So humour us as we head back to a happier time on the pitch, when shorts were like hot pants, and men were men, playing without the need to be warm and/or compress their organs or whatever the hell it is base layers are supposed to be doing.

Click through for more info, pics and to place your vote.

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imageBack in the day, left-back Kenny Sansom flexed his formidable muscle groups for a host of teams including Arsenal, QPR and Crystal Palace.

He also racked up 86 caps playing for England and apparently was a rather dapper, on-the-scene South Londoner. No, really.

Kenny was nicknamed “Mr Chablis” for his love of wine and was a regular at Stringfellows.  He’s now part of the “Legends Tour” at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium and works for LBC radio.

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image“Smokin Joe” Cyrille Regis was in the game professionally for 19 years. He played up front for Coventry, Wolves and Aston Villa, but is best known for his time at West Bromich Albion (he was named as the club’s all time Cult Hero by the BBC). 

Hard (and sad) to believe, but when Cyrille was on the pitch, there were very few black players in the English game and he was seen as a bit of a trail blazer. 

Cyrille’s now a football agent, has an MBE, is actively involved in charity work. He also has his own website, and is still quite fetching.

Side Note: Try not to be freaked out by the black and white photos, Kickettes. We promise to return to the youthful thighs of 2008 next week.

Who gets your vote?

thanks for the idea, Heidi!

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39 Responses to “Vintage TTO: Kenny Sansom v Cyrille Regis”

  1. Alexandra Pato says:

    i guess i’ll go with Cyrille, cuz i think Kenny’s look sort of too bulgy…

  2. Dee13 (mrs m metze) says:

    nice little change kickette.. :) i’m going with cyrille here…

  3. Zatil says:

    Kenny Sansom. 'Nuff said.

  4. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Ooh LOVE the idea!! Old school, baby!! I'm gonna give my vote to Kenny. I'm finding it hard to just look at the thighs, he has scrummy knees too.

  5. carly says:

    How interesting this TTO, so retro.

    I’m voting for smokin’ Joe Cyrille. :)

  6. SpaceCowgirl says:

    I think the short shorts are the winner here! Ooooh yes! Our modern boys can learn a lot from these guys

  7. Smurfette says:

    Smokin' Joe Cyrille gets my vote! If they take the time to shave, wax, and tan then why cover it up?

  8. Genevieve Gourcuff says:

    What happy days of short shorts and no base layers!! I’ll go with Kenny even in spite of the dodgy mo in the big pic…

  9. LynxKitten says:

    I tried to not pick Kenny, but his thighs are too magnetic. Oh, and those were the days they played for sheer love of the game too. :(

  10. aristeia says:

    Oh, my… Smokin' Joe!

  11. Nic says:

    I’m going to go with TFO and say Kenny as well. I don’t remember their days of play, but god I wish the game was still like that :( plus of course, short shorts. sigh

  12. sarabee says:

    Yey! This is a good one, Kickette! Nice twist to the TTO series. Im going for Smokin' Joe Cyrille. Those thighs are crushers.

  13. TammyV says:

    Cyrille Regis…He is huge

  14. TammyV says:

    Cyrille Regis…He is huge

  15. carly says:

    How interesting this TTO, so retro. I'm voting for smokin' Joe Cyrille. :)

  16. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Ooh LOVE the idea!! Old school, baby!!

    I’m gonna give my vote to Kenny. I’m finding it hard to just look at the thighs, he has scrummy knees too.

  17. sarabee says:

    Yey! This is a good one, Kickette! Nice twist to the TTO series. Im going for Smokin’ Joe Cyrille. Those thighs are crushers.

  18. FootballerChick43 - "Mrs.Ballack" says:

    Cyrille, most deffo.

  19. Avenath says:

    I love anything retro…nice touch this time around, Kickette…anyway, my vote goes to Kenny…N-I-C-E!!…i want short shorts back too…these days, i’d be lucky to see Nando’s kneecaps…sigh…

  20. k2k2milan says:

    I’ll go with the look of Kenny’s thighs in the first pic. Not loving the mo in the big pic either, but it is TTO. Cyrille’s thighs could just be TOO huge for me. I like em somewhat lean.

  21. Fairings says:

    With the looks of it…I’ll go with Regis!

  22. I voted Kenny, have you seen his kness? They’re scrummy. And I think Cyril’s are a little too big for my liking, it’d be like getting it on with The Terminator!!

  23. MrsJamieRedknapp says:

    Misty, I would never lie about something as important as thighs.

    I told you they were huge, and they are.

    Who you voting for??
    xx

  24. Jo says:

    I don’t know these guys so I’ll base my vote on the photos presented.  Hmm…Regis gets my vote.

  25. Ooh Ma, I remember you telling me that story!!! He really does have huge thighs, you weren’t lying!!

  26. MrsJamieRedknapp says:

    I’m showing my age now, by admitting Cyril was one of the reasons I started watching football.  I saw him play for WBA against Gillingham circa 1979, and I was veeeery impressed with his thunder thighs then.  He took a corner about 20 paces away from me, and my then boyfriend had to hold me back to stop me running over and licking them.
    He gets my vote for nostalgic reasons.

  27. FirstTeamCoach says:

    Oh yes…..I remember the days of proper shorts. Only one winner has to be Mr Cyrille Regis.

  28. Becca says:

    If i have to choose one it will be Sansom, But i didnt enjoy choosing. I want the old TTO back!!!

  29. The Fourth Official says:

    Oh, I *LOVE* this new/old take on the TTO, Kickette! Though I'm not sure I love it that I can remember these guys, particularly Kenny at Arsenal in the '80s. He was hot stuff. Back in the day, when footballers drank (a lot) and womanized (a lot) and tackled hard (a lot) and disrespected the refs (a lot) and no one gave a sh*t. Oooo, this is hard. But the short shorts definitely help in the decision-making. Sigh – can we bring back short shorts, please? Okay, I gotta give it to Kenny!!!

  30. DC says:

    old school FTW! I'll go with Kenny. can we please go back to the short shorts now? for our sanity.

  31. MrsMichaelOwen says:

    Cyrille

  32. Brandy says:

    Good to see some free flowing thigh shots sans base layers :)

  33. Emily (Giggsy's says:

    Love the retro TTO, Kickette! Let's have one of these each month, please! Also, yes to resurrecting the short shorts. Love the thighs and *ahem* bulges of both men, but I think my vote has to go to Cyrille Regis. That first photo of his did it for me. :D

  34. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Cyrille definitely! It's nice to see men who don't need base layers and can rock the short shorts!!

  35. Lucy says:

    I'm voting for Cyrille! Those things define the term 'thigh'!

  36. The Fourth Official says:

    Laughing at Mrs. Jamie Redknapp wanting to lick Cyrille’s thighs!!!

  37. mrs jt ;) says:

    old school ayee ;)
    i think i’ll have to go with… kenny. x

  38. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Cyrille definitely! It’s nice to see men who don’t need base layers and can rock the short shorts!!

  39. Lucy says:

    I’m voting for Cyrille! Those things define the term ‘thigh’!