Thursday, 18 December 2014

2015 Vanguards are released

So we now have confirmation of the Vanguards releases for 2015. At one stage this was a firm favourite of mine looking at the website and seeing what goodies were going to be available for me over the first 6 months of the year.

How different a situation it is for 2015........

VA10107 Triumph Stag Mk1, White, 'Pilot Build Number One'
VA10814A Ford Capri Mk3 3.0, Ghia Oyster Gold, RHD
VA10814B Ford Capri Mk3 3.0, Ghia Oyster Gold, LHD, German Registration
VA10814C Ford Capri Mk3 3.0, Ghia Oyster Gold, LHD, French Registration
VA12008 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 (Series 1) 1.1, Miami Blue
VA12409 Ford Granada MkII (Series 2) 2.8i, Graphite Grey
VA12508A Ford Fiesta XR2, Black, RHD
VA12508B Ford Fiesta XR2, Black, LHD, German Registration
VA13205B Vauxhall Astra Mk2 GTE 16-Valve, Leather Edition 'Champion', Bordeaux Red
VA13308 Ford Capri MkI 3000GT, Sapphire Blue
VA13403 BMW (E30) Coupe 325i Sport M-Tech 2, Diamond Black
VA13504A Mini 1275GT, Blaze, RHD, UK Press Photo Car
VA13504B Mini 1275GT, Blaze, LHD, Dutch Registration
VA13603 VW Golf Mk2 GTI, Demon Tweeks, Alan Minshaw BTCC
VA13800 BMW (E30) Saloon 325i, Luxor Beige
VA14002B Opel Omega 3000 GSI, Carmine Red, LHD, German Registration
VA14002A Vauxhall Carlton 3000 GSI, Carmine Red, RHD
VA14003 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, Imperial Green, 'Vauxhall Heritage Centre'
VA14200 Lotus Esprit S1, White 'Last S1 off the Production Line'
VA14201 Lotus Esprit S2, Black & Gold 'World Champion' Edition

My musings:

Hornby are clearly struggling here. This listing is nothing but a re-hash of existing castings, aimed at trying to keep the masses pleased whilst employing minimal investment. Hornby have really struggled to get out castings according to the release schedule given and many a 2014 release failed to materialise. You can see that the odd one or two have been rolled over to 2015.

As I move away now from 1/43 dropping a scale to 1/64 in the form of TLV Neo's, I see nothing of pressing interest here at all. What did catch my eye were the Type 78 Esprit's which could be quite nice (PPW 306 R anyone?????) but they are up against my AutoArt 1/43.......which is some competition.

Three Oyster Gold Capri's.....really?? Once again, missing a trick with the UK plate - how good a seller would that be with OAR 567 W?? But no, some poxy T reg instead, and I never knew that the Capri was a seller in France.......

The only Granada I am after is the Ghia X Executive 2.8i....but this one seems to have been overlooked. I am not a massive Ford fan unlike many a FB member, so I am not stressed about this at all.

I do note the E30 four door, but again, I am not sure that the relevance is.

The AR selection is tepid. Rather than a 1275 GT why not just a standard Clubman? I have got a Stag - no need for another one.

Lotus Carlton? I think many a collector settled for the Opel Collection Partwork model by IXO, such was the eagerness to get this casting by some.

And to great surprise, no Plod OR Commercial vehicles within these releases - things must be bad at Hornby HQ.....every one is still looking for a J4, EA250 or a MkII Transit.....

Overall, there is nothing to be excited about. The fizz has gone flat for the last few years with regards to the half year releases from the Vanguards range and the first half of 2015 is no different. There are many a collector getting uber stressed about the whole situation on FB, but I have written on many an occasion that this is not worth worrying about. Hornby are doing what they need to do to survive and it is their right to do so. Collectors easily forget that their wish list is always a second priority and rarely does a co pay bother listening to the wants (ironically there was a time when Corgi did).

But for me this is all good. Hornby can keep churning out this stuff and it just makes me spend elsewhere. I have already noted that Tomica are getting ready their TLV Neo R35 Attack and NISMO versions and there are still a mass of back catalogue to get through.

So I am not stressed at all with Hornby. A little sad maybe that the line is not delivering but happy that I can continue to expand the other collection. Quid's in.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

LEGO® Time-Lapse: Build Your LEGO Christmas!


Post by LEGO.

Marvel and wonder, 


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Back to the old skool via GM

I like this a lot -

Back before we had a Vectra and one name for the entire range, Vauxhall and Opel used to have separate names per model:

Ascona was a Cavalier

Omega was a Carlton

Kadett was a Chevette.

Now it is good to hear with the new small car from Vauxhall, they have revived the Viva name, but more importantly in Europe, they are calling it summat different: the Opel Karl.



http://www.carscoops.com/2014/09/opels-upcoming-budget-car-will-be-named.html

Although Opel and Vauxhall have accustomed us to using the same names for their cars, their upcoming budget model will have different names in continental Europe and in the UK. 

While the Vauxhall model will be called Viva (a quite reasonable choice that sounds good next to brand’s name), Opel has chosen to go with a different name, Karl, which pays homage to one of company founder Adam Opel’s sons.

While Adam had turned Opel into the largest bicycle manufacturers of the world, his sons Carl, Wilhelm and Friedrich started the automobile adventure in 1898, building their first car the following year.

“Karl is a short, snappy and catchy name that represents Opel brand values: German, emotional and approachable,” explained Tina Müller, Chief Marketing Officer at Opel. 

We’ll let you debate that in the comments section, but not before offering new details about the five-door entry-level model. Available from summer 2015, Opel Karl is 3,680mm (144.9in) long, slightly shorter than the Opel Adam (3,700mm) and significantly smaller than the new Corsa (4,000mm).

Despite the small size, the Agila replacement will offer up to five seats and promises to encapsulate “the best of Opel virtues in a smart and highly practical manner,” according to the automaker.

Monday, 15 December 2014

DB10 for Bond??

This has already been in the news a bit, but I cannot help thinking that this is just an evolution of the one-77. It is no where near as good looking as the DBS...........

http://www.astonmartin.com/en/live/news/2014/12/04/built-for-bond-aston-martin-debuts-unique-car-for-spectre

Aston Martin DB10 revealed as star of new Bond film

By CJ Hubbard
First Official Pictures
04 December 2014 11:37
A brand new Aston Martin called DB10 will star in the next James Bond movie. Director Sam Mendes introduced the new Aston DB10 as ‘the first cast member’ at a live event at Pinewood Studios; he also revealed the name of the new 007 film – previously known as ‘Bond 24’ – at the event: SPECTRE.
SPECTRE, as hardcore Bond fans will already know, stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, and has traditionally been headed in the franchise by super villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. But we’ll come back to this: what about the car?

New Aston Martin DB10: first official details

Speaking on stage at Pinewood Studios, Mendes revealed that the 007 production team and Aston Martin had ‘worked together’ on the new car, before whipping the covers off a sleek two-door coupe.
Aston has now confirmed that the DB10 was 'developed specifically for the film', and will be built by the in-house design and engineering teams. Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman led the design team, which worked closely with Mendes 'to create the ultimate car for the world's most famous spy'.

Will I be able to buy Bond's new Aston?

To be clear, this DB10 is not a true successor to the existing DB9 model. Rather it gives the clearest indication yet of Aston's future design direction - the next generation of Astons proper will be influenced by this car.
Aston has announced it will be building 10 examples of the Bond DB10 in total, but all of them are destined for the film production. So no other well-heeled not-so-secret agents will be getting behind the wheel, no matter how much money they've got.
That's the official line, anyway. However, do note that the film is set to be released around the time we're excepting Aston to unveil the real DB9 replacement, which is set to go on sale in 2016.
CAR reported back in April 2014 that the DB9 successor was 'virtually complete', and frankly even Aston isn't mad enough to miss out on the marketing opportunity that is the world's biggest film franchise. It might tone down the wheelarch treatment for the real world, but expect the new car to look very similar to 007's new ride.
Other intel on the upcoming model includes its continuing use of the aluminium VH architecture - albeit in much updated form - while power is set to come from a twin-turbocharged V12 of as yet unconfirmed parentage. The DB9 replacement may also get the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that's coming to lesser Astons; it's also certain to use a Mercedes electronics package in place of existing systems.
Offical image of Aston Martin DB10 for James Bond 007 film SPECTRE

Anything particularly significant about the timing of the DB10 announcement?

News of 007's new DB10 comes in the 50th year of Aston Martin's association with James Bond, half a century after the DB5 first appeared in the film franchise (and don't bet against it appearing again this time, in spite of its violent death at the end of Skyfall).
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer:
'In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year anniversary with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.'
Aston also says the DB10 showcases its ability to deliver small-scale bespoke production runs. Which may well be of interest to other intelligence agencies around the world.

Any more info about the film, then?

The 24th James Bond film, SPECTRE, is due for general cinema release on 6 November 2015 - which means the production team had better get a move on as Mendes also announced that they only start shooting the thing on Monday 8 December 2014. We can't imagine a 007 epic is the work of a moment.
As with the previous three movies, Bond himself will be played by Daniel Craig. There are a number of returning faces in the supporting cast as well, with Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner. New faces include Andrew Scott (Derby), Dave Bautista (Mr Hinks), Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra), Lea Saydoux (Madeline Swan) and Christoph Waltz. Waltz's character name wasn't announced, but he seems a good bet to resurrect Blofeld.
As for the plot, all we know so far is this: 'A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him in a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.'

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Le Mans Special Lego

This is simply superb - it is very difficult to get accurate models created at Minifig scale, but this is damn fine effort and I applaud the detail -

Looking forward to the Speed Racers when they get released.


http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/401591



MegaMOC 2014. "A Day at the Races". Le Mans Series Racing.
About this creation
Not much time has passed since I showed the last vehicles built for this diorama. -But much has changed since then. Almost all of them has received "personalized" decals.
The design, printing, cutting and fitting of so many stickers has taken more than a week. I am tired of stickers!
More than a 100 minifigs has been "configurated" and placed onto the diorama.

***

First, a visit to the boxes.

The diorama shows 4 teams, each with two boxes. (You must imagine that there are many more teams, but LEGO-resources are scarse...)



Heavy partying going on on the most of the balconies.





A view to the boxes from the other side of the straight.



***

The Plaza.

With the Safety Car standing by. (I think it is going out just at this moment!)
There is also a big-screen live pictures of the race.
I borrowed my daughters MP4-player, and loaded it with a continous loop of a 8min long video showing racing, to add to the atosphere with real images and roarings sounds.
(Probably a bit annoying to my neighbours at the Expo, but heavenly sounds in MY ears...)



The local TV6 broadcasting van is parked nearby too, and the (in)famous Loretta Legs is just now doing one of her interviews. Most of her male audience only bear with her for mainly two big reasons...



Next, we have the main race control building, with administrative offices and tower.
There is a VIP party going on at the terasse. (Elvis is in the building)



On the winners podium, an event is taking place, with famous movie star presence.



***

The chicane.

Shortly after the starting-line, the cars a funnelled through a chicane, and some of the best tribune seats are located near this, from which the spectators can see almost all of the action.
The cars are using the curbs to cut off the corners, but during the Expo this situation was continously corrected by hundreds of small childrens hands, which put the cars back "correctly" on the track. Oh, such innocence... ;-)



Todays event has drawn a full crowd!



***

The accident.

Always prone to accidents, today is no exception for this chicane; a car has run off the tracks. (or pushed, or maybe just a little "nudge". Nudging is what racing is all about, you know...)



The rescue vehicles and service personal are already busy cleaning up, and extinguishing the fire from the car.
The driver certanly looks upset by the ordeal. -Or maybe he is just worred about the horse-sized needle the medic is preapring to use...



A helicopter view of the zone.



***

Overviews.

Talking about helicopter view. Time to "break" the illusion, and show the whole size of the diorama.





The whole thing. MOCpages wont show high resolution photos, but you can see the same photos in high resolution in Flickr.



***

The Expo.
This was shown in Granollers (Barcelona), at the annual HispaLUG Expo which was celebrated 29th and 30th of November, 2014.
The photo below was taken duirng a rare quiet spell; most of the time the show was totally full of visitors.



***

Tecnical info; 10 bp long. 2,5 bp deep.
Blue sky-backdrop is 50cm high. (not Lego)

Thanks for watching!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Cassetteboy vs The Apprentice part 2: The funniest bloody video you'll see this year

If you love the Apprentice, this is side splittingly funny - I had tears in my eyes...............

Enjoy.


 

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Pininfarina Ferrari Sergio (2014): here’s the production version

Pininfarina Ferrari Sergio (2014): here’s the production version

By James Taylor

08 December 2014 11:24

No sooner had the covers been pulled from the spectacular Pininfarina Sergio concept at the 2013 Geneva motor show than well-heeled petrolheads were clamouring for a production version. And here it is – this is the first of just six examples of the now Ferrari-badged Sergio to be built, delivered to its new owner in Abu Dhabi last week.
Like the concept, it’s an open-roofed roadster named after Pininfarina’s longstanding chairman, who initially began the coachbuilder’s storied relationship with Ferrari.

What’s changed from concept to production?

Most obviously there’s now a full-size windscreen rather than the wind in your hair, bugs in your face setup of the concept car.
The body’s proportions have been pushed and pulled slightly to meet the hard points of the Ferrari 458 Spider donor car underneath and the shape has lost a little of its drama in the process, but there’s no doubt this is still a strikingly attractive car.
Its styling cues are intended to echo those of Pininfarina-styled Ferraris of the ’60s and ’70s. The transparent bar linking the headlights in particular is a throwback to the original Ferrari Dino show car.
Inside the interior is broadly unchanged from the 458, albeit with the addition of extra carbonfibre and alcantara garnish. Each of the six Ferrari Sergios will be different, with clients personalising their cars in sessions at Maranello.

How fast is the Ferrari Sergio?

Very. In the engine room there’s the same 597bhp 4.5-litre V8 as the Ferrari 458 Speciale, taking the Sergio from 0-62mph in a claimed 3.0 seconds – the same time as the 458 Speciale Aperta.

And how much?

No official line on pricing, but a figure around £2.5m is rumoured. If you have to ask, etc… Besides, all six are spoken for already. The first car, pictured here, will be part of a royal collection in the United Arab Emirates.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Vanden Plas 1500 - stunning example (XYA 817 S)

Much maligned as a car, but this example of a 1500 VP is just stunning - you do wonder what the equivalent is today - if any......................

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Alan Shearer for £72m as Paul Gascoigne goes for £65m

Alan Shearer for £72m as Paul Gascoigne goes for £65m... How much would stars of the past cost in current transfer market?

  • Sportsmail looks at how much Nineties stars would cost in current market

  • Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry could both command figures of £72m
    Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola would be worth close to £50m
  • Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle could attract a combined figure of £90m 
‘If he played today, he’d be worth £100million’ is a sentence uttered whenever greats of the past are brought up.
So, that got us thinking here at Sportsmail – what price would the stars of the past 30 years command in the current market?
For instance, one local newspaper claimed Kenny Dalglish would have been worth £77million in today's transfer market, just £3m less than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for £80million, but how much would star of the past 30 years have cost?  
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for £80million, but how much would star of the past 30 years have cost?  

We’re not too sure about that, but maybe some people agree – that’s what makes it such a good debate.
Anyway, these are our estimates, tell us what you think (and please be gentle…)
ROY KEANE
Captain, warrior, leader. The man who epitomised Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United but reckoned Brian Clough was his favourite manager at Nottingham Forest. Keane selflessly led United to the 1999 Champions League final despite knowing he would be suspended for the final, one of the reasons he was a true fan hero.

Went for:
 £3.75m – Nottingham Forest to Manchester United, 1993 (a British record at the time)

Value at today's rate:
 £38m. Chelsea bid £32m for Steve Gerrard in 2005, Keane had a similar standing but didn't score as many match-winning goals, so wouldn't be quite in that bracket allowing for inflation.
Roy Keane led Manchester United to the Treble in 1999 and would be worth a hefty some in today's market
Roy Keane led Manchester United to the Treble in 1999 and would be worth a hefty some in today's market

ERIC CANTONA
Revolutionised things at Old Trafford when he signed from Leeds United. The inspiration behind Manchester United's 26-year wait for a league title and role model for the Ryan Giggs/David Beckham generation. English clubs didn't know how to handle a proper No 10 (in the No 7 shirt) but he found it harder against continental opposition.

Went for:
 £1.2m – Leeds United to Manchester United, bargain of the century

Value at today's rate:
 £32m – Although one of United's all-time heroes, he wasn't regarded as a world star outside England. Remember, despite his practically unrivaled talent, Cantona was never considered as a great player by his national team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was valued at £20million at the age Cantona was when he joined United (26) but both improved as they matured.
Eric Cantona was sold to United for just £1.2m, but proved to be worth a huge amount more
Eric Cantona was sold to United for just £1.2m, but proved to be worth a huge amount more

BRYAN ROBSON
Hailed as a Captain Marvel by Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson, who said he was three players in one; goalscorer, creator and stopper. Injuries probably stopped him from being an all-time great, won 90 caps but could have surpassed Peter Shilton's 125.

Went for:
 £1.8m – West Brom to Manchester United, 1981 (a British record)

Value at today's rate:
 £50m - What he had above Keane was goals, and would probably match the current record transfer between English clubs (Fernando Torres). He played 461 times for United and as captain lifted the first two trophies won under Ferguson and was involved in the first Premier League triumph.
Bryan Robson, hailed as Captain Marvel, would command a price close to £50m, such was his talent
Bryan Robson, hailed as Captain Marvel, would command a price close to £50m, such was his talent

GLENN HODDLE
A player ahead of his time, it was only when he went to Monaco under Arsene Wenger that the full range of his talents were appreciated. He was a midfield quarterback at Spurs and regarded alongside Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay as their greatest player of all-time. But he was never fully trusted by England.

Went for:
 £750,000, Tottenham to Monaco 1987

Value at today's rates:
 £37m - Probably more valuable today than in the 1980s when gifted players weren't protected. AC Milan wanted £20m for Andrea Pirlo at the age of 30, so Hoddle at 25 would have been higher.
Glenn Hoddle scored 110 goals in 490 first team matches in all competitions during his time at Tottenham
Glenn Hoddle scored 110 goals in 490 first team matches in all competitions during his time at Tottenham

MATT LE TISSIER

Every top club in the country wanted him in the 1990s but he stayed loyal to Southampton because he liked the lifestyle on the south coast. We will never know if Le Tissier's genius up front would have overcome his relatively low work-rate at a bigger club. But he won only eight England caps.

Went for:
 Never transferred

Value at today's rates:
 £22m - Somebody would have taken a punt but like Mario Balotelli, question marks against his work-rate would have prevented a higher fee. Balotelli cost Liverpool £16m in the last transfer window despite being the perfect age, 24.
Matt Le Tissier decided to stay with Southampton despite a number of suitors in the 1990s 
Matt Le Tissier decided to stay with Southampton despite a number of suitors in the 1990s 
PAUL GASCOIGNE
The best young player in the world at Italia 90 and virtually unstoppable the following season at Spurs before a self-inflicted knee injury in the 1991 FA Cup final effectively ended his peak years at the age of 24. His strength and control when running at defenders from midfield is something Ross Barkley has in his game.
Went for: £5.5million, Spurs to Lazio 1992
Value at today's rate: £65million - That is around what James Rodriguez, the best young player of the last World Cup, went for – and how much Everton want for Barkley (though they may not get that much). Gazza was in Rodriguez's class (and then some) in his pomp.
Paul Gascoigne was the best young player in the world at one stage, he deserves a £65m price tag
Paul Gascoigne was the best young player in the world at one stage, he deserves a £65m price tag
Gascoigne takes on Klaus Augenthaler during England's 1990 World Cup semi-final against West Germany
Gascoigne takes on Klaus Augenthaler during England's 1990 World Cup semi-final against West Germany

CHRIS WADDLE

His languid style belied a rare level of skill that took him from working in a sausage factory to being the wing star of Newcastle United, Spurs, Marseille and Sheffield Wednesday. His long-range strike that hit the crossbar against West Germany at Italia 90 was the closest England have come to a World Cup final since 1966.

Went for:
 £4.5m, Spurs to Marseille, 1989

Value at today's rate:
 £53m - Players like him are gold-dust in today's Galactico era when clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid want entertainers. If Angel di Maria cost £60m, Waddle wouldn't be far behind
If Angel di Maria (right) is worth £60m in today's era, Chris Waddle (left) wouldn't be far behind
If Angel di Maria (right) is worth £60m in today's era, Chris Waddle (left) wouldn't be far behind
If Angel di Maria (right) is worth £60m in today's era, Chris Waddle wouldn't be far behind

ALAN SHEARER
The sheet metal worker's son who returned to his native Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers as the world's most expensive player. His 260 Premier League goals is an unbelievable record – none of the other great strikers from the past 20 years has scored more than 200.

Went for:
 £15m, Blackburn to Newcastle 1996 (a world record)

Value at today's rate:
 £72m - Luis Suarez cost around that amount having scored 31 league goals last season. Shearer topped 30 Premier League goals on three separate occasions.

GARY LINEKER
A late bloomer, striker Lineker was 24 when he made his England debut but went goal crazy in the next eight years for Everton, Barcelona, Spurs and England. Top scorer at the 1986 World Cup, Lineker was the best penalty-area finisher in the world during his heyday, though critics didn't think he did much else outside the area

Went for:
 £2.8m, Everton to Barcelona, 1986

Value at today's rate:
 £50m - Out-and-out goalscorers aren't as highly valued in today's game as pure No 10s. Even Lionel Messi and Ronaldo offer a lot more than just goals, and their ratio is massive.
Alan Shearer (left) and Gary Lineker could have accumulated a figure of around £120m between them
Alan Shearer (left) and Gary Lineker could have accumulated a figure of around £120m between them
Alan Shearer (left) and Gary Lineker could have accumulated a figure of around £120m between them 

JOHN BARNES
Liverpool fans thought the glory days were over when Ian Rush left for Juventus – instead Barnes arrived from Watford and took the team to an even higher level. His wonder goal at the Maracana in 1984 proved the winger could replicate his form on the big stage, so it's a mystery why he had such little impact at two World Cups.

Went for:
 £900,000, Watford to Liverpool, 1987

Value at today's rate:
 £48m - Barnes would have been coveted by Real Madrid and Barcelona in today's game. Strong and skilful, only a tendency to disappear in certain matches counted against him. Liverpool bought him for less than half the transfer record fee of the time
John Barnes' pace and power would have suited the likes of Real Madrid in today's era
John Barnes' pace and power would have suited the likes of Real Madrid in today's era

IAN WRIGHT
A spectacular finisher, he was integral to the ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ team under George Graham, everyone defend for their lives except Wright, who could score the only goal of the game out of nothing. Free-spirited as a person and a player, he couldn't quite replicate his club success with England.

Went for:
 £2.5m, Crystal Palace to Arsenal 1991 (a club record)

Value at today's rate:
 £46m. He was Arsenal's record signing and became their record goalscorer so you'd have to value him above the club's current most expensive player, £42m Mesut Ozil.
Ian Wright was a key figure during George Graham's time as manager and was bought for just £2.5m
Ian Wright was a key figure during George Graham's time as manager and was bought for just £2.5m

TEDDY SHERINGHAM
Not the quickest striker, but formed some great partnerships with different types of players; Tony Cascarino, Shearer and Jurgen Klinsmann among them. Also produced in the big games, hence his 1999 Champions League final equaliser for Manchester United.

Went for:
 £3.5m, Spurs to Manchester United 1997

Value at today's rate:
 £28m - United paid a little more for Dimitar Berbatov six years ago, he was a similar player to Sheringham but slightly younger. The Englishman kept playing though past 40.
Teddy Sheringham celebrates scoring United's late equaliser against Bayern Munich in 1999
Teddy Sheringham celebrates scoring United's late equaliser against Bayern Munich in 1999

TONY ADAMS
Not the best technical player Arsenal have ever had but arguably their greatest, the captain who lifted them from mid-table to become league champions twice under George Graham and then re-invented themselves to win more silverware under Arsene Wenger. A domineering centre half and skipper who didn't just lead by example – he shouted as well.

Went for:
 Never transferred

Value at today's rate:
 £33m - Manchester City were prepared to pay £30m for John Terry in 2009. Adams was of similar stature and values for proven winners have probably increased in the intervening five years.
Arsene Wenger could command a fee of around £30m if he had former captain Tony Adams in his team today
Arsene Wenger could command a fee of around £30m if he had former captain Tony Adams in his team today

THIERRY HENRY
Ronaldo fans might disagree, but you'd have a good case for saying Henry was the best import the Premier League has ever seen. Arsenal fans have never seen va-va-voom like it, Henry could kill with you speed or skill, with the balance of a professional dancer. Not as good as Ronaldo in the air though.

Went for:
 £16million, Arsenal to Barcelona 2007

Value at today's rate:
 £72m - At his peak he was as unplayable as Ronaldo, who cost Real Madrid £80m. Maybe the one flaw was he didn't always shine in big matches, he never scored in a cup final in England.
Thierry Henry is rightly considered as one of the Premier League's best ever strikers
Thierry Henry is rightly considered as one of the Premier League's best ever strikers

PATRICK VIEIRA
Revolutionised the way we regarded midfielders when he arrived at Arsenal aged 20 from Juventus. Vieira was a midfield destroyer who could also play, an all-rounder in the Bryan Robson mould but with that extra physical presence, too. He won the Double in his first full season under Arsene Wenger.

Went for:
 £13.7m, Arsenal to Juventus, 2005

Value at today's rate:
 £52m - Paul Pogba is the modern equivalent and he was valued at anywhere between £35m and £60m before he signed a new deal at Juventus. Vieira could do anything Pogba can, and a lot of it better, but wouldn't have matched him for goals.
Sold to Juventus for £13.7m, Partick Vieira could attract figures close to £52m in today's market
Sold to Juventus for £13.7m, Partick Vieira could attract figures close to £52m in today's market

ROBBIE FOWLER
Referred to as ‘God’ by Liverpool fans, it was an oddity that while the nation held up his team-mate Michael Owen as a hero, Anfield season-ticket holders always preferred Fowler, who scored his first hat-trick at 17 and was the most outstanding finisher with either foot.

Went for:
 £11m, Liverpool to Leeds, 2001

Value at today's rate:
 £36m - If Sergio Aguero cost City £38m, Fowler must be in the same ballpark. Like Aguero, he could score a goal out of nothing, but his time at the top was relatively short due to injuries.


MICHAEL OWEN
At 21 years old, Owen might have been the most valuable player in the world, having just helped Liverpool win three trophies, scored a hat-trick against Germany in Munich and been voted European Player of the Year. We weren't to know then that it would never get any better for a player whose injury problems stopped him being the greatest English striker everyone

Went for: 
£8m, Liverpool to Real Madrid, 2004

Value at today's rate:
 £65m aged 21, decreasing every year after that - In 2001, he was the centre forward's equivalent of Gareth Bale in terms of excitement. But his market rate depreciated fairly quickly once injuries kicked in.
Former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler (left) and Michael Owen would be worth close £100m together
Former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler (left) and Michael Owen would be worth close £100m together
Former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler (left) and Michael Owen would be worth close £100m together  

PETER SCHMEICHEL
The Great Dane is still widely regarded as the best goalkeeper of the Premier League era. He was at the start of Manchester United's success under Sir Alex Ferguson, his presence alone worth 15 points a season. Also won the 1992 European Championship with Denmark.

Went for: 
£550,000, Brondby to Manchester United, 1991 (an outrageous bargain)

Value at today's rate:
 £24m - If David de Gea is the most expensive goalkeeper in the country, Schmeichel would have been worth 50 per cent more.
Peter Schmeichel would be well worth a price tag of over £20m but moved to United for just £550,000
Peter Schmeichel would be well worth a price tag of over £20m but moved to United for just £550,000

RYAN GIGGS
Nobody is likely to ever match Giggs for longevity at the top. Thirteen Premier League titles and 963 appearances for Manchester United are records even Wayne Rooney won't be able to break. The Welshman transformed himself from wing wizard to elder statesman midfielder in an extraordinary career.

Went for:
 Never transferred

Value at today's rate:
 £53m - Inter Milan were interested in buying Giggs for £20m in 2002 when he was nearly 30. That year Rio Ferdinand broke the British transfer record with a move close to £30m. So, if Giggs was 50 per cent cheaper than the record at nearly 30, he'd have been much closer to the current record of £60m if he was in his early twenties.


DENNIS BERGKAMP
Regarded as the founder of modern Arsenal, his arrival preceded Arsene Wenger by a year and he instigated a new brand of football at the club, based on flair and technique. The striker won two Premier League and FA Cup doubles and some of his goals have gone down as all-time classics.

Went for:
 £7.5m, Inter Milan to Arsenal, 1995 (a club record)

Value at today's rate:
 £43m - Bergkamp joined Arsenal in his prime for half of Alan Shearer's £15m the following year which was the world's most expensive transfer. So if he was in his prime today, it would be fair to say he'd cost half of Gareth Bale's current world-record £86m.
Both legends at their respective clubs, Ryan Giggs (left) and Dennis Bergkamp would go for over £40m each
Both legends at their respective clubs, Ryan Giggs (left) and Dennis Bergkamp would go for over £40m each
Both legends at their respective clubs, Ryan Giggs (left) and Dennis Bergkamp would go for over £40m each


GIANFRANCO ZOLA
Considered one of Chelsea's greatest-ever players, Zola was a catalyst for making Stamford Bridge a cosmopolitan and exciting place to play football, having arrived from Napoli where he started his career as Diego Maradona's understudy. Zola brought a new level of trickery to English football and his backheel flick goal against Norwich will be replayed for many years.

Went for:
 £4.5m, Napoli to Chelsea, 1996

Value at today's rate:
 £42m - Zola had already turned 30 when he joined Chelsea, making his legendary status there all the more impressive. If he was valued at just over half of what Bergkamp was but was four years older, you'd have to say he would be very close in worth at the same age.
Chelsea icon Gianfranco Zola was bought for just £4.5m from Napoli in 1996
Chelsea icon Gianfranco Zola was bought for just £4.5m from Napoli in 1996
Zola, seen here scoring against United in 1998, would cost upwards of £40m in today's market
Zola, seen here scoring against United in 1998, would cost upwards of £40m in today's market


GARY NEVILLE
A loyal one-club man, Neville made the absolute maximum of his talents and became the most successful right back England has ever seen. When you think of the games he played in, the Euro 96 win against Holland, legendary 1999 Champions League victory for Manchester United, Germany 1-5 England, you realise what a great career he had.

Went for:
 Never transferred

Value at today's rate:
 £15m - Neville's successor as England right back, Glen Johnson, was Roman Abramovich's first signing at Chelsea for £6m when he was a teenager back in 2003. Neville may not have been as suited to the modern game as Johnson but he was a proven winner. Dani Alves was a record signing for a right-back when he joined Barcelona for €35m in 2007, and Neville wouldn't be that much in an open market.
Former United defender Gary Neville stayed loyal to his club, but could be sold for £15m in today's era
Former United defender Gary Neville stayed loyal to his club, but could be sold for £15m in today's era


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