Although the only time the term ‘WAG’ was used before 2006 was by people talking about happy dogs, by the time that year’s World Cup happened the UK’s tabloid press was obsessed with it. And now look what’s happened: there are WAGs everywhere. Actual WAGs. WAGs who hate being called WAGs. Serial WAGgers. Even wannabe WAGSs exist, who lurk in the rubbish, expensive clubs that footballers go to in the hope that some consenting chap will turn them into the next Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole or Danielle Lloyd. It was all a lot more dignified forty years ago. As the latest instalment in FHM Vintage, we investigate…

1/ Tina Moore
Tina Moore was the first wife of the heroic World Cup winning England captain Bobby Moore. Even before the triumph of 1966, they were football’s golden couple of the 1960s: every bit the Posh and Becks of their generation, albeit with less exposure and worse hair. Their marriage ended in 1984 when Bobby decided to move in with a British Airways stewardess called Stephanie.

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2/ Frances Bonetti
Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti’s wife Frances was enough of a disruptive influence in the England player’s life to be specifically mentioned in a telling off that Sir Alf Ramsay gave the England World Cup side of 1970. England’s regular keeper Gordon Banks was injured for the quarter final game against West Germany, so Peter filled in, had a bloody nightmare, and got a bollocking. Poor Peter.


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3/ Angie Best
George Best was football’s first superstar and the ultimate womanising footballer, so it’s only right that he bagged the ultimate WAG. The tall, blonde former Playboy Bunny Angela MacDonald was the first woman to try and tame the gambling, partying George Best by marrying him but, like Alex Pursey after her, she failed. George and Angie had a son, Calum, but they divorced in 1988 because George was too naughty.

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4/ Frank Worthington’s plus ones
It’s a well-known fact that Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers and almost-Liverpool footballer Frank Worthington once went out with a girl called Vicki. Look, there’s a picture of them together right there. It’s not known, however, if Vicki had anything to do with Worthington’s disastrous attempt to sign for Bill Shankly’s Liverpool in 1970 when he failed a medical for high blood pressure, was told to go and rest, before returning and failing a second medical with an even higher blood pressure because he’d been clubbing in Majorca.

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5/ Elza Soares

The Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares was married to the footballer Garrincha for 11 years, a man regarded by many as the second best Brazilian football player ever, behind Pele. Soares and Garrincha married in 1966, but split up in 1977 after he hit her. Soares still sings, and has released a bunch of records including Do Cóccix Até O Pescoço, and Do Cóccix Até O Pescoço this decade. Garrincha, meanwhile, fathered an astonishing 14 children before dying in 1983.

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