Aston Villa European Cup 1982

‘Oh It Must Be, It Is!’

Oh It Must Be, It Is - Aston Villa European Cup 1982 - An Original Painting by Mark Gisbourne
Oh It Must Be, It Is!, 2011-2016, Oil on canvas. Private collection.


Brian Moore’s immortal words are proudly displayed on a banner stretching the length of the North Stand at Villa Park. It was the moment Peter Withe timed a perfect run to meet Tony Morley’s cross and side foot the ball in off the post and into the back of the net and thus live forever in Aston Villa folklore.

My painting, commissioned by a lifelong Villa fan, was at first a composition involving six players from the 2010-11 season campaign but when the future of several players were threatened with transfers out or injury, it was decided to change the painting to one of a timeless composition.

Aston Villa composition No.1 - An Original Painting by Mark Gisbourne



Luis Suárez Bites Branislav Ivanović

Luis Aged Three - An Original Oil Painting of Luis Suarez Aged Three Biting by Mark Gisbourne
Luis Aged Three, 2015. Oil on board. 10.5 x 11.5 inches

Day 14,631

Oh dear. What a day for Luis Suárez.

During a 2–2 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League match at Anfield, Suárez bit Branislav Ivanović, the second time he has bitten an opponent.

The incident was not seen by the officials, and Suárez subsequently scored an equaliser in injury time.

The incident caused such an uproar that Prime Minister David Cameron called upon the FA to take a hard line with Suárez and as such, the FA charged him with violent conduct and he was fined an undisclosed sum by his club.

The original painting Luis Aged Three is unavailable, however, you can own a limited edition print here.

Nelson Piquet, the US Marines, and a feisty local derby.

Day 3850.

It’s Saturday 15th October, 1983, and I’m just over six months into my 11th year on the pale blue dot.

I am counting down the days till school half-term.

More importantly, it is Saturday and my attention is firmly fixed on this afternoon’s football fixture list.

Today is derby day. Aston Villa versus Birmingham City. I only know this because I have been reliably informed by our next door neighbour. As a 10-year-old in the 80s, you tend be more interested in playing football than actually watching it. Also, I have yet to be schooled on the true rivalry between the two teams. I am probably a late starter in this respect but I am not interested in one-upmanship at this stage in my life. Little do I know, however, this will become more than apparent in the years to come.

In South Africa

Nelson Piquet, lying in second place, was one of three drivers in contention to win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship before the start of the 1983 South African Grand Prix; the other two being Alain Prost, who led the championship, and René Arnoux who was third.

The race started and Piquet passed Tambay to take the lead, with Patrese moving into second place.

Meanwhile, Arnoux retired with engine failure on lap 9.

Prost fought his way up to third place, but he also retired on lap 35 with turbo failure.

Needing only to finish fourth or higher, Piquet slowed and was overtaken by Patrese, Niki Lauda of Team McLaren and Alfa Romeo’s Andrea de Cesaris.

Lauda’s engine failed on lap 71.

The race finished with Patrese in first place, de Cesaris in second and Piquet in third, meaning Piquet won the championship by two points.

Ferrari won the Constructers’ Championship despite not finishing in the points in the last race for the second consecutive year.

Meanwhile, John Watson, completing his last full Formula One season, was disqualified for overtaking other cars on the parade lap.



Meanwhile, in Beirut, US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport.