First Issue:  10th January 1970

Last Issue:   5th October 1974 5th October 1974

Copyright:    IPC Magazines


"Young football followers everywhere will thrill to the soccer action, stories and features and funnies" said Pete the office Junior at Scorcher comic. Scorcher comic appeared 10th January 1970 and introduced a a strip that would outlive Scorcher comic by a long way. First issue of Scorcher was the first outing for "Billy's Boots" (John Gillatt). Billy Dane went to Bingley Road school where all his friends were crazy about football. Billy was also football crazy but unfortunately he wasn't any good. Most of the other lads would not play footie with him because he couldn't "play football for toffee." However, all was not lost, whilst cleaning out his Gran's attic he found an air rifle and a pair of old football boots. The football boots had once belonged to "Dead Shot Keen, the old centre forward for England." Billy's granddad had bought them as a souvenir. Wearing the boots gave Billy the ability to play football like the old star. Billy's story was often fraught with difficulties which often involved Billy losing the boots i.e. the bin men have took the boots and its the cup final tomorrow. Dead Shot Keen even had an old pair of cricket boots, how lucky was that? Billy survived the frequent comic transfers from Scorcher to Tiger to Eagle to Roy of the Rovers.

Billy Finds the Boots


Also in issue one, Redstone Rovers successful summer tour of Australia was marred by an injury to their centre forward in the last game. With only two weeks left to the start of the English soccer season, Redstone's centre forward, "Striker" Short was out with a broken leg. On the way back to the airport, the Redstone team stopped for a kick around. Suddenly, the captain spotted something in the distance. A jeep was chasing Kangaroos, trying to capture them. The jeep drove the kangaroos in the direction of the team. As the team moved out of the way they noticed a boy running with the kangaroos. Suddenly the boy came across a loose football and launched it like a rocket at the driver of the jeep. With the driver knocked clear out of the jeep,the team mates remarked ""no goalie in the world could keep a ball from him out of the net", "there's our replacement for Striker Short."The Kangaroo Kid" was brought to Britain where he became a football star. Royal's Rangers was the first story in the first issue of Scorcher. Royal's Rangers was the story of Caxford Rangers and their manager Ben Royal. Ben Royal was the watching the game whilst speaking to a reporter. The many tales of Royal's Rangers including that of Rod Harper, the skipper, were relayed to the reporter.

The First appearance  of the famous 'Hot-Shot'

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Team of the Week

Martyn Hands wrote in to say that he has just been to a reunion of the Royton and Crompton School 39 years after leaving school. Martyn asked if we had an image from Scorcher and Score dated 5th may 1973 which showed the team of the week Royton and Crompton School Football Team. ROYTON AND CROMPTON SCHOOL OLDHAM

What a smart lot of lads - and not just in appearance, either. Last season they won the under-12 League without losing a match and scoring 90 goals against 36. But even betterwas their Arthur Deighton Cup Final Victory against the local Grammar School - after fighting through two replays in each round on their way to the final. Now they are winners of a TEAM OF THE WEEK match-ball.w they are winners of a TEAM OF THE WEEK match-ball.