August 21st, 2008
Vintage TTO: Kenny Sansom v Cyrille Regis
We’re taking it old school for the Thursday Thigh Off, Kickettes.
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.
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.
“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!